Now you have another good reason to buy a Samsung smartphone, as the Korean manufacturer announces a new initiative that will significantly extend the life of its devices.
Now Samsung guarantees regular security updates for four years from launch (either monthly or quarterly, depending on the model) for its devices. And that doesn't just apply to future smartphones from the brand, but alsont to models released from 2019.
"By extending support for security updates provided on a monthly or quarterly basis, Samsung gives users the peace of mind knowing that their data is protected as long as they use their Galaxy device, ”read a press release.
Once again, the manufacturer is trying to improve the update experience of its smartphones, which was one of its weaknesses. At the same time, given that Samsung is the world leader in smartphones, this initiative could become an example for manufacturers of Android smartphones. For example, for its Pixel smartphones, Google only guarantees three years of security updates.
And while positioning itself as a good student in the Android ecosystem, Samsung is also probably trying to be a bit more competitive with Apple when it comes to updates and support for older devices.
Samsung: a new update policy?
Note that you have to differentiate between security updates, and updates to new versions of Android. However, regarding new versions of the operating system, Samsung has also made efforts.
In August 2020, Samsung announced that it will support three generations of system upgrades from Android operation for some models. The list of affected devices included high-end models, like the S20 or S20 Ultra, but also mid-range Galaxy A smartphones.
“While people keep their devices longer, we work. to bring secure protection and exciting new features to devices already in their handss. By supporting up to three generations of Android operating system upgrades, we extend the life cycle of our Galaxy products and promise to provide a simple and secure mobile experience that will take advantage of the latest innovations as soon as possible. they will be available ”, said Janghyun Yoon, Senior Vice President.
More recently, Samsung also signaled its willingness to provide new features to older models when announcing One UI 3.1, the new version of its Android overlay. Indeed, this update not only allows older smartphones to benefit from a new graphical interface. High-end devices launched in 2020 also benefit from some new features of the Galaxy S21 in terms of photo and video.
Samsung: obsolete devices can also be transformed into connected objects
Otherwise, during CES 2021 in January , the Korean giant also announced a program that will allow its customers to transform their obsolete smartphones into connected objects. In essence, the idea is that instead of throwing away a device that is no longer in use, or putting it away in a drawer, the user can turn this device into a baby monitor or a sensor to control the lights, for example.
Via this program, called Galaxy Upcycling at Home, users will be able to download an update that enables this transformation.
On Android, an improvedimprovement of the update mechanism thanks to a partnership between Google and Qualcomm
Regarding updates, Google and Qualcomm also announced, in December, a partnership aimed at facilitating updates for smartphones using Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. Indeed, thanks to this collaboration between two companies, manufacturers of smartphones using Qualcomm Snapdragon chips will no longer need to modify software specific to these chips to produce updates.
As a reminder, Samsung uses Qualcomm Snapdragon chips for a part of its production, and Exynos chips for another part.