11 August 2020
Samsung at its virtually held Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event announced the much-awaited Galaxy Note 20 series, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Tab S7 as well. We already knew a lot about them, well thanks to those unstoppable leaks that continued to come even at the last minute. But still, official announcements have their own importance as they raise the curtain on other subjects as well that we do not get to learn from those uncountable leaks.
One such important announcement that Samsung made at the end of its Unpacked 2020 event was the promise to offer "OS updates up to 3 generations." This alludes to the fact that Samsung will offer the same level of software support as Google offers to its Pixel phones.
Samsung didn’t announce which phones will get this support but a printed text in the bottom right corner mentions the new policy applies to flagship models starting with Galaxy S10. This means Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10 series, Galaxy S20 (series), and now Galaxy Note 20 will receive the OS updates up to 3 generations as well. We assume this also includes the new Tab S7 series of tablets. Furthermore, in a statement to TheVerge, Samsung has clarified that the policy applies to “S, N, and Z Series. A Series will support until hardware allows.” This makes it evident that the new support is applicable to foldable phones as well.
While the OS updates for three years are guaranteed, it is unknown if Samsung would be able to deliver those updates faster. Of course, it can’t deliver the promised upgrades as faster as Google does for its Pixel phones because of the way the Android ecosystem is structured but the delivery should be better than what Samsung offers now.
Also, it is unknown what the term “generations” in the announcement signifies. This does not sound similar to “OS versions” or “years,” as one would expect. It appears Samsung has decided to cache some space for itself in case of any delay or as TheVerge points out if Google releases a major OS update in between like Android 11.5 then Samsung may not be ready to deliver multiple major OS updates a year. So, that’s why the term “generations” has been used here as Samsung may be foreseeing on three major OS upgrades that iterate every year.
We are likely to get more clarifications on the same in the coming days or months. Nevertheless, this is still a big commitment from Samsung.
Currently, the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Z Fold 2 have been launched with Samsung’s One UI 2.5 software based on Android 10. So, before the announcement, we had expected two years of OS upgrades – Android 11 and Android 12 but after the Unpacked 2020 announcement, we expect to see the aforementioned devices getting Android 13 as well.
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