My key claims against Android smartphone There have always been short periods of software support. The best you can always rely on when buying even a top device are two new versions of Android and several security patches for the third year. Everything. And this is the case even at best, because many manufacturers, without tiring their conscience, could stop updating their smartphones without explanation. It is true that a year ago the situation gradually began to improve. Some manufacturers have decided that it is time to extend the support period by at least one year – from two to three years. But Samsung found something to surprise everyone here.
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First in the world to announce the extension of the period software support of their smartphones, this year Samsung has done it again. Yesterday, at the presentation of the Galaxy S22, the Koreans announced that now some of the brand’s smartphones will be updated not for 3 years, but for 4. So, during this period, the devices will receive four new Android versionsand during the fifth year, several security updates.
The most up-to-date smartphones
You might think that Samsung’s new extended support initiative only applies to the latest smartphones unveiled yesterday at the Galaxy Unpacked 2022. But that’s not the case. The list of devices that will receive the four new versions of Android includes many of last year’s devices. Here is their full list:
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy S21 +
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy S21FE
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S22 +
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy Tab S8
- Galaxy Tab S8 +
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
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As you can see, among the contenders for four years of support included not only smartphones belonging to the previous generation, but also tablets. But if the appearance of the second in this list is quite justified, then the former clearly did not wait in it. However, this is a completely informal phenomenon for the market, when a manufacturer simply increases the attractiveness of a device that is no longer new.
4 years of full support or 5 years of real support, is a really big breakthrough for the Android smartphone market, which puts them on the same level as the iPhone. If previous Google operating system-based devices lost relevance in their second year of service, they will now retain at least twice as much. In this way Android devices are transformed from short-lived toys into – I’m not afraid of that word – a technical investment tool.
Why you need Android updates
I will explain in more detail. In the past, the only smartphones that could be bought without fear for 3-4 years were iPhone. And now the new Galaxy is not really different from Apple devices. Respectively, those users bought an iPhone just because of their relevance for a long time, now they will definitely pay attention to new products from Samsung.
I have no doubt about that increase in support will not only increase the popularity of Samsung smartphones, but will make them more attractive in the secondary market. If earlier, a year later, Korean flagships in Avito sold for at least half price, now users will have no reason to throw away so much. After all, when you sell a device whose resource is not yet exhausted by a third, you can ask for more for it.
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Another question is how Samsung did it. After all, a few years ago we had the assurance Android smartphone support depends directly on processor manufacturers who stop updating their firmware after two years. However, the Koreans apparently did not focus on this at all, as they were the first to increase the support period for their devices to three and then to four years, while most of the others did not even receive the three-year bar.
Apparently, Samsung, as a popular supplier, was either able to negotiate with Qualcomm or simply found a solution that allows the company to support branded smartphones for as long as possible. Even Google could not do it. In fact, he translated new Google Pixel 6 on their own processors, failed to extend their support beyond 3 years, offering users only three new versions of Android and 5 years of security updates.