Samsung has announced that it will deliver three generations of Android OS upgrades to a select group of previously released Galaxy devices. This is the same promise that the company has made for Galaxy Note20 series during the Galaxy Unpacked virtual launch event earlier this month.
This is how the list looks like:
Galaxy S series: Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, S20 Ultra, S20+ 5G, S20+, S20 5G, S20, S10 5G, S10+, S10, S10e, S10 Lite
Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, Note20 Ultra, Note20 5G, Note20, Note10+ 5G, Note10+, Note10 5G, Note10, Note10 Lite
Galaxy Z series: Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Z Fold2, Z Flip 5G, Z Flip, Fold 5G, Fold
Galaxy A series: Galaxy A71 5G, A71, A51 5G, A51, A90 5G
Galaxy Tab S series: Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Tab S7+, Tab S7 5G3, Tab S7, Tab S6 5G4, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite
The three Android OS update policy now applies to future devices under the Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Z, and Galaxy Tab S series. The policy is being extended to select future Galaxy A series of devices as well.
Aside from Samsung, there are already several other companies that guaranteed three Android OS upgrades for their devices such as Google for the Pixel series and Microsoft for its upcoming Surface Duo. Apple is also known for providing iOS upgrades to old iPhones, with the recent example being the original iPhone SE which is still able to support iOS 14 even though the model was released in 2016.
All in all, it is great to see smartphone makers willing to provide long-term updates for their products. We certainly hope more companies will adopt this policy too, so that consumers could have peace of mind using their devices even years down the road.