One of the primary reason for a number of iPhone users is because of the support they get from Apple. So, using an iPhone is beyond fashion or a symbol of wealth and superiority. The manufacturer releases iOS updates consistently and for a long time.
One of Android’s problems is fragmentation. Samsung is one of the slowest companies that rolls out update to their smartphones. Until recently, the South Korean giant, like other manufacturers, had a habit of offering two years of major updates for its devices and another year of security patches. But recently things started changing, and the company has moved to a four-year 3+1 update cycle, with smartphones receiving three major Android updates and an extra year for security patches.
The impossibility to increase the support period was dictated by the fact that the chipsets, for technical reasons, cease to cope with Android updates after 3 years. But Google, together with the chipmaker Qualcomm, have been working towards expanding support to 4 years.
Samsung Devices To Get Four Android Updates and Five Years Of Security Patches
And now it has become known that Samsung will extend the update schedule. The four-year deadline for Android updates may provide additional incentive to purchase the Galaxy S22; and Galaxy Tab S8 flagship series. More attractive new devices will make the fact that they are guaranteed to receive 4 major Android updates; and one year they will receive security patches. In other words, gadgets will be updated to Android 13, Android 14, Android 15 and Android 16; and they will receive security patches for another year.
The new 4 + 1 scheme will not only apply to 2022 flagships; but will include the Galaxy S21 FE, the Galaxy S21, Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3 models will also switch to this update schedule. Will there be any changes in terms of support periods for budget and mid-range Samsung devices, we have no information at the moment.