Samsung explains its 4-year update policy

We have recently written about Samsung’s commitment to upgrade certain models for 4 years. Of course, these are security updates, most models will no longer receive any updates to improve features after about two to three major Android OS updates. You can find which models receive monthly, quarterly or semi-annual updates on the Samsung website. The theme was brought by Sammobile.

What will it look like in the 4th year for Samsung devices?

The life cycle of smartphones will go from monthly updates, through quarterly updates, and finally the phones will only receive half-yearly updates. This is the life cycle of flagships. The middle class devices have it shorter by the first phase. They only receive quarterly updates. While the older Samsung Galaxy S9 is still in the phase of monthly updates, every model from the middle class (also from this year) is automatically in quarterly updates. For example, the new Samsung Galaxy A32 or A42 models.

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Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

After 2 years, the frequency of updates should decrease. After 4 years, Samsung devices should only receive updates every six months. Yes, it’s nothing special, but it’s much better support than other manufacturers. It is not clear at what time users can expect the two updates in Year 4, but the last one will probably come at the end of Year 4.

Currently, mid-range devices from 2017 and 2018 receive half-yearly updates. These are the following 35 models:

  • Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
  • Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6 +, Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A8 + (2018), Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Top, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J4 +, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6 +, Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7 +, Galaxy J8
  • Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20
  • Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh

Our tip

Samsung is extending the duration of software support to 4 years for these models

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