Samsung has raised alarm bells for Google

Tram Ho

At the recent Unpacked event, Samsung not only brought top smartphone and tablet models, but also surprised with a 5-year update commitment, in which operating system updates have a term of 4 years and other versions. Security patch is 5 years. This means that the Galaxy S22 series will be supported until Android 16 around 2025/2026.

With this commitment, Samsung secures its position as the best support company in the Android market and is achieving a level of long-term support close to Apple.

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Even more amazing is that not only for new devices, Samsung also applies this commitment on older devices. This means that not only the brand new Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8 series, but the entire Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3 series will also receive the same update. Even not just flagships, Samsung says some upcoming Galaxy A series products will also receive this update time.

Not only that, the company has also promised three years of operating system updates for some of its cheaper products. Simply put, Samsung has been and is really leading when it comes to both timing and coverage of smartphone update policies.

Samsung’s latest policy is even better than Google’s, with 3 years of OS updates and 5 years of security included with the Pixel 6 series. Samsung has proven to Google and others that they are. can do better when it comes to software support long term.

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However, both Google and Samsung are doing much better than the common ground. Other major brands like OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi only offer three years of OS updates for some of their most premium products. If you’re on a mid-range phone, you’re in luck if you get two OS upgrades, while Google and Samsung offer longer support for their non-flagship models. Millions of other Android users are still without long-term update support.

What’s particularly troubling about the widespread Android update situation is that we’ve heard a lot from manufacturers about the difficulty of getting updates to Android devices.

However, Google and its partners have put a lot of effort into initiatives like Project Treble in 2017, Project Mainline in 2019, and working with chipset vendors like Qualcomm to support four versions of the Android operating system since. late 2020. By 2022, Samsung has been able to maximize Android updates.

Therefore, there is no reasonable excuse for the carriers not to keep up with Samsung’s support. It’s certainly not a matter of the chipset or the ways to deliver the update; Those bottlenecks have been resolved.

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Google even switched to its own Tensor chipset, but the move didn’t deliver the expected level of long-term support. The Pixel 6 will receive two more years of security updates over its predecessor. A welcome improvement, but barely living up to user expectations.

Security updates are of course important, but operating system updates and new features are what keep devices fresh throughout their lifecycle. This is especially important in an era where technological innovation has slowed, prices have climbed, and consumers expect to use their smartphones for years.

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If Samsung can bring longer updates to last year’s flagship smartphones, what is stopping Google in particular and the Android phone industry in general from doing the same?

Google has done this in the past, when they decided to bring Android 10 to the first Pixel when the plan was to stop at Android 9 Pie. It’s also important to note that the Pixel 6 support page lists OS upgrades as supported “until at least” October 2024, so it could be supported beyond that. However, a pre-commit will still give users more peace of mind.

At this point, technology is no longer a big barrier, but the real barrier is the willingness of the manufacturer. Especially Google, the “father” of the Android operating system itself. The Pixel is Google’s own phone, not through another carrier, which means Google can’t blame anyone. But even so, their OS update time is still inferior to that of Samsung.

Reference: AndroidAuthority

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