Samsung says its Galaxy S20 phones will receive “3 OS upgrades beginning with Android 11,” suggesting that unless Androids naming or release schedule changes the phones must go on to receive Android 12 in 2021, and Android 13 in 2022. Extending support for Android updates is essential for owners who are keeping their gadgets longer.
Delayed OS updates arent a problem thats exclusive to Samsung, however, and in general the scenario is enhancing across the Android environment.
Samsung has validated exactly which of its devices will be receiving “3 generations” of Android updates, after revealing the initiative at its Note 20 launch event previously this month. As expected, the list consists of flagship phones going back to last years Galaxy S10, but there are also a number of brand-new additions from Samsungs tablet and foldable ranges.
In the past, Samsung usually promised 2 years of updates, and now its phones could be supported for as lots of as 3, relying on how the company defines “generations.” For instance, Samsung states its Galaxy S20 phones will receive “three OS upgrades beginning with Android 11,” implying that unless Androids naming or release schedule changes the phones need to go on to receive Android 12 in 2021, and Android 13 in 2022. Extending support for Android updates is essential for owners who are keeping their gadgets longer.
Heres Samsungs full list of three-generation devices, which includes its flagship S and Note-series phones, foldables, Galaxy Tab tablets, and mid-range Galaxy A-series phones that far outsell its flagships:
Galaxy S series: Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, S20 Ultra, S20+ 5G, S20+, S20 5G, S20 in addition to S10 5G, S10+, S10, S10e, S10 Lite and upcoming S series gadgets
Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, Note20 Ultra, Note20 5G, 5G, note10+ note20, Note10+, Note10 5G, Note10, Note10 Lite and upcoming Note series devices
Galaxy Foldable gadgets: Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Z Fold2, Z Flip 5G, Z Flip, Fold 5G, Fold and upcoming Z series gadgets
Galaxy A series: Galaxy A71 5G, A71, A51 5G, A51, A90 5G and choose upcoming A series devices
Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Tab S7+, Tab S7 5G3, Tab S7, Tab S6 5G4, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite and upcoming Tab S series devices
Beyond these phones, Samsung states its “committed to offering the newest Android OS upgrades till the hardware specifications permit.” It also warns that upgrade schedule may differ by market.
Its worth keeping in mind, nevertheless, that even if a phone is guaranteed to get three generations of Android updates this doesnt say anything about how quickly it will get them after their main release. Samsung says that the Galaxy S20 lineup will be the very first Galaxy devices to be updated to Android 11 “later this year.” Delayed OS updates arent a problem thats unique to Samsung, however, and in general the situation is enhancing across the Android environment.