Samsung commits to 5 years of Android updates … for its corporate smartphone users at least • The Register
Samsung is today committed to providing its flagship products in enterprise edition half a decade of security updates.
Eligible devices include enterprise versions of the Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Note 20 series, rugged Galaxy XCover 5, and Galaxy Tab Active 3. Other corporate devices will receive four years. security fixes, as is the case. the case with all Samsung consumer smartphones and tablets released after 2019.
Regarding cadence, Samsung said fixes will be delivered on a monthly and quarterly basis. Based on Samsung’s track record, we assume it will provide monthly updates for a period of time, before moving to a less demanding quarterly schedule as the device nears end of life.
As its name suggests, this security policy is aimed at client companies whose telephones are supposed to be administered and deployed as part of a computer park.
The Enterprise Kit also allows administrators to control the application of patches to deployed devices, release software updates in bulk, and block Android version upgrades for those who want to ensure compatibility with their applications. professional.
Despite this, Samsung will gladly sell its corporate kit to the general public, with sales available on its professional website. While the enterprise versions of the S20 5G and S20 + 5G are slightly cheaper than their mainstream counterparts, both variants of the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G 128GB are priced the same at £ 1,149.
Samsung has in recent years outperformed its competition on the update front, even surpassing the Android One program, which guarantees three years of patches and at least two software version updates within years of the original release date. .
However, it did not reach the high standard by Apple, which continues to support vintage phones like the 2016 iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE. Both will receive iOS 15, which is expected to launch later this year. ®