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Here's how frequently Samsung will update its four-year-old devices

As of now, the company is the only Android smartphone manufacturer to commit to four years of security updates for all of its recently launched devices. We now have an idea of how frequently it will update those devices.

Samsung has committed to updating its smartphones for four years after they are released.
Samsung has committed to updating its smartphones for four years after they are released. (HT Tech)

Samsung has recently stepped up the speed at which they update their Android devices, with several devices receiving the update to Android 11 before more expensive devices from competitors. The company is also the only Android smartphone manufacturer to commit to four years of security updates for all of its recently launched devices, and now we have an idea of how frequently it will update those devices.

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The South Korean giant recently updated its official security support page which now specifies older devices from 2017 and 2018 will receive biannual updates, as spotted by SamMobile. This means the devices that are currently in their fourth year will now get updates twice a year, but the frequency of those updates has not been specified.

This effectively means that Samsung will update over 33 devices with Android’s security patches this year, with two updates that will arrive over the course of the year. The devices on Samsung’s fourth-year support tier are as follows:

- Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE

- Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)

- Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Top, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6+, Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8

- Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20

- Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh

Samsung will continue to update devices like the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 series, the newer Galaxy A and M series, the Galaxy F62, the newer Galaxy Tab series and the enterprise model of the Galaxy A8 from 2018 with quarterly security updates. These devices are regularly updated every three months. For example, the Galaxy A71 received an update in the country with the October security patches in November, then received a new update with the January security patches last month.

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Meanwhile, the company’s current flagship S21 series, the older S20, S10 and S9 series, the Note 20 and Note 10 series, the Fold and Flip series plus the enterprise models of the A50, XCover series will continue to receive monthly security patches until they complete two years of support, after which they will also receive updates less frequently, like the Galaxy S8 Plus and the Galaxy S8 Lite, according to the company’s website.

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