Samsung now offers four years of security updates – sweetens the deal

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Samsung now offers four years of security updates in a move that provides the longest safe use of a smartphone. Its a deal maker!

Depending on the series, Samsung now offers four years of security updates on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Monthly updates are for Galaxy S and Note series from the S9 onwards and its specialist Enterprise models.

Quarterly updates for its Galaxy S or Note 8-series, A-series from 2019, Tab A and Galaxy Tab and Enterprise models.

Samsung says it will try to issue ‘regular’ updates to older devices from 2017. Updates mean that Samsung passes it to the Telco carrier, and it is up to that organisation to roll them out over the air.

The full list is here.

Security Maintenance Release (SMR)

For Flagships, Samsung will release SMR updates includes patches from Google (Security and OS changes) and Samsung (new or refined features). So, the phone you buy today will get improved features such as AI enhancements.

Operating system updates

Samsung has already announced that it will provide three generations of Android OS updates for all devices moving forward plus

  • S series: S10 and S20 series
  • Note series: Note10 ad Note20 series
  • Foldable devices: Z Fold2 5G, Z Fold2, Z Flip 5G, Z Flip, Fold 5G
  • A series: A71 5G, A71, A51 5G, A51, A90 5G and select upcoming A series devices
  • Tablets: Tab S6 5G, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite, Tab S7+ 5G, Tab S7+, Tab S7 5G, Tab S7

GadgetGuy’s take

Samsung now offers four years of security updates. This has three very positive effects for its users.

First, consumers can buy a Samsung smartphone safe in the knowledge that it will get security patches for the phone’s practical four-year life.


Second, the three-generation OS update refreshes and adds new features every year.

Third, it makes Samsung trade-in or resale prices so much better than any other Android brand, although we expect other major brands to follow its lead.

It is a huge task – preparing security patches and updates for literally thousands of models/regional variants. This more than justifies any premium paid for buying from the world’s largest smartphone maker. It is nice to see tablets included as well.

Hearty congratulations for the extent of its new policy.

Please note that Google and Qualcomm are also collaborating on four years of security updates for new generation Qualcomm based phones. Its part of Google’s Project Treble. Samsung uses both Qualcomm and its Exynos SoCs.

  1. That’s a great move from Samsung, I hope they will also stop releasing new flagships with an obsolete version of Android!

    1. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Its not really Samsung’s fault – the development to sale time for a new smartphone is about 12-18 months and it needs to go into production in late November for a February launch – all before Google releases the next version. It needs to test that and roll it out – as it has now done.

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