SAMSUNG: With companies vying on the most up-to-date features and larger numbers frequently serving as important differentiators between devices and brands, Samsung has taken steps to strengthen a component that many brands overlook: long-term software support.
The South Korean tech giant has announced that software security support for its handsets launched in 2019 and after would be extended. These phones will now receive security updates for the next four years. Samsung’s flagship S, Z, and Fold series, as well as the Note series, the A-series, M-series, and a few more devices, are all supported.
It’s important to note that these are security patches rather than Android OS updates. While you won’t get the next four Android versions on your phone, four years of security patches will help keep your smartphone secure for longer. Please keep in mind that the frequency of updates for all supported phones may vary. While some devices may receive monthly security patch updates, others may receive quarterly updates.
Samsung flagship devices (S-series, Note-series, Fold-series and Z-series)
Amongst Samsung’s folding lineup, the Galaxy Fold, Fold 5G, Z Fold2, Z Fold2 5G, Z Flip, and Z Flip 5G are supported.
Coming to the S series, The Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, S10 Lite, S20, S20 5G, S20+, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE, S20 FE 5G, S21 5G, S21+ 5G, and S21 Ultra 5G are supported.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 5G, Note 10+, Note 10+ 5G, Note 10 Lite, Note 20, Note 20 5G, Note 20 Ultra, and Note 20 Ultra 5G will also get 4 years of security updates.
Samsung mid-range devices (A-series and M-series)
Coming to the mid-range devices, Samsung will support the Galaxy A10, A10e, A10s, A20, A20s, A30, A30s, A40, A50, A50s, A60, A70, A70s, A80, A90 5G, A11, A21, A21s, A31, A41, A51, A51 5G, A71, A71 5G, A02s, A12, A32 5G, and A42 5G in the A-series.
In the popular M series, the Galaxy M10s, M20, M30, M30s, M40, M11, M12, M21, M31, M31s, M51 will be supported for the four-year security update programme.
The Samsung Galaxy XCover4s, XCover FieldPro, and XCover Pro will be supported in the new program. The Samsung Galaxy Tab series will also support four years of security updates, covering the Galaxy Tab Active Pro, Tab Active3, Tab A 8 (2019), Tab A with S Pen, Tab A 8.4 (2020), Tab A7, Tab S5e, Tab S6, Tab S6 5G, Tab S6 Lite, Tab S7, and the latest Tab S7+