Samsung Galaxy Devices To Get Four Years Security Update
Samsung has announced it will now offer at least four years of security updates on Galaxy mobile devices after their release in the year 2019 onwards.
The world's largest smartphone maker said the updates would include Galaxy S10, S20, and S21 series and Samsung's foldable smartphones, and more likely 130 models all in all.
Samsung said that they are working closely with its operating system and chipset partners and its 200 carriers worldwide to ensure that billions of Galaxy devices will get timely security patches.
"At Samsung, our number one priority is offering the best and most secure mobile experience to our users, and we're constantly optimizing the security of our products and services," said Seungwon Shin, VP & Head of Security Team at Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.
Seungwon Shin added that mobile devices play an essential role in our lives, and it is natural that we hold our phones for an extended period.
"That's why, thanks to the latest technology advancements, we're committing to securing Galaxy devices for even longer, so that everything that should be kept protected stays protected," he added.
Samsung will give monthly security updates to devices for the first two years and then provide quarterly updates after that. Samsung will then offer "regular" security updates during the fourth year, which essentially means one or two updates over 12 months.
Samsung has previously confirmed a list of compatible devices with this scheme as the Note 20 launch in August 2020 and promises to give its smartphones three years of upgrades.
Samsung released the complete list of smartphones eligible for regular security updates below, but expect future phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 21, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy S22.
As for existing devices, you'll need one of the following to have this commitment:
Galaxy Foldable devices: Fold, Fold 5G, Z Fold 2, Z Fold 2 5G, Z Flip, and the Z Flip 5G.
Galaxy S series: S10, S10 Plus, S10e, S10 5G, S10 Lite, S20, S20 5G, S20 Plus, S20 Plus 5G, S20 Ultra, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE, S20 FE 5G, S21 5G, S21 Plus 5G and the S21 Ultra 5G.
Galaxy Note series: Note 10, Note 10 5G, Note 10 Plus, Note 10 Plus 5G, Note 10 Lite, Note 20, Note 20 5G, Note 20 Ultra, and the Note 20 Ultra 5G.
Galaxy A series: 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 the A42 5G.
Galaxy M series: M10s, M20, M30, M30s, M40, M11, M12, M21, M31, M31s, and the M51. Galaxy XCover series: XCover4s, XCover FieldPro and the XCover Pro.
Galaxy Tab series: 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, Tab S7+.
Google and Qualcomm also made announcements last year December, ensuring that their phones with new Qualcomm chips will care for Android OS updates and four years of security updates.