Google Mandates Android Phone Makers To Roll-Out At Least 2 Years OS Update

This is a good news for all Android users. Google has explicitly instructed Android smartphone manufacturers to provide OS update for at least a period of two years.

This move is a good move by Google as many of these popular smartphone makers, not excluding Samsung are very good at abandoning a device and prefers buyers to opt in immediately for another new product from them.


Acording to a report from The Verge, Google’s contract stated that companies must provide “at least four security updates” within one year of the phone’s launch.

“Security updates are mandated within the second year as well, though without a specified minimum number of releases.”

The contract covers any phone launched after January 2018 that has been “activated by more than 100,000 users”.

The truth is fragmented security has long been a problem on Android, where phone manufacturers will sometimes ignore products as they age or their use count dwindles. Consumers have rarely had certainty that their device would get timely updates, leading to flaws that remain open well beyond when they were identified.

Example of such devices suffering from the abandonement is my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 which has never left Android 4.4 despite a promise to upgrade it to 5.0.

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