07 October 2020
Despite being one of the biggest Android smartphone makers in the world, Samsung has never been a fan favorite when it comes to software updates. Even the premium and flagship devices struggle to receive faster software updates after just one year of their launch. This is the reason everyone was surprised when Samsung announced plans to offer software support for three years during the Galaxy Unpacked event.
It did not go into details of what devices will be eligible for the update but has now published a blog post revealing all the important information. There are a total of 38 Samsung devices included in the list that have been divided into five categories. These include Galaxy S series, Galaxy Note series, Galaxy A series, foldable lineup, and tablets.
Here is the complete list:
- Galaxy S series: Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, S20 Ultra, S20+ 5G, S20+, S20 5G, S20, S10 5G, S10+, S10, S10e, S10 Lite, and upcoming S series devices
- Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, Note20 Ultra, Note20 5G, Note20, Note10+ 5G, Note10+, Note10 5G, Note10, Note10 Lite and upcoming Note series devices
- Galaxy A series: Galaxy A71 5G, A71, A51 5G, A51, A90 5G and select upcoming A series devices
- Foldable lineup: Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Z Fold2, Z Flip 5G, Z Flip, Fold 5G, Fold, and upcoming Z series devices
- Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G, Tab S7+, Tab S7 5G, Tab S7, Tab S6 5G, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite and upcoming Tab S series devices
Samsung is set to update the last generation, the current generation, and upcoming devices in their respective lineups for a period of three years. This essentially means three major Android version upgrades to these lineups. One thing to keep in mind is that only "select" Galaxy A series of devices will be included in the future. Since Galaxy A series includes phones across different price segments, we are expecting Samsung to support only high-end devices.
Janghyun Yoon, SVP and Head of Software Platform Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics said:
“Samsung is committed to supporting our users to fully enjoy the latest mobile experiences while they are using Galaxy devices. As people hold onto their devices for longer, we are working to bring secure protection and exciting new features to the devices already in their hands. By supporting up to three generations of Android OS upgrade, we are extending the lifecycle of our Galaxy products and making a promise that we will provide a simple and secure mobile experience that takes advantage of the latest innovations as soon as they are available.”