Samsung promises 4 years of security updates for its Galaxy phones
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Samsung promises 4 years of security updates for its Galaxy phones

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By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Feb 22, 2021 10:23 pm
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Dimapur, Feb. 22 (EMN): Samsung Electronics announced today that its Galaxy devices will now receive regular security updates for a minimum of four years after the initial phone release.

In a blog post, Seungwon Shin, VP & Head of Security Team at Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics wrote, “At Samsung, our number one priority is offering the best and most secure mobile experience to our users, and we’re constantly optimizing the security of our products and services. Mobile devices play such an important role in our lives, it’s only natural that we want to hold onto them longer. That’s why, thanks to the latest technology advancements, we’re committing to securing Galaxy devices for even longer, so that everything that should be kept protected stays protected.”

Before now, Samsung only promised two years of security fixes for its cheaper smartphone lineups and three years of updates for its flagship devices. However, this new initiative from Samsung will include over 130 models of Galaxy devices across all its smartphone lineups — even an entry-level phone like the Galaxy A10 will now get regular updates for four years.

The company said in a statement that its Galaxy products launched since 2019, including the Z, S, Note, A, M, XCover and Tab series, will now receive at least four years of security updates.

This is a fantastic move by Samsung to ensure that its Galaxy users will be protected against known exploits. Usually, Android phones lose security fixes after two or three years. A four-year cycle of regular security updates will definitely make Samsung’s Galaxy phones attractive to consumers.

“Over the past decade, Samsung has made significant progress in streamlining and speeding up its regular security updates. Samsung worked closely with its OS and chipset partners, as well as over 200 carriers around the world to ensure that billions of Galaxy devices receive timely security patches. Samsung remains committed to offering security updates as quickly as possible to always stay one step ahead and keep its users safe,” the company said in a statement.

Galaxy devices eligible for the security updates include:

  • Galaxy Foldable devices: Fold, Z Fold2 5G, Z Flip, Z Flip 5G
  • Galaxy S series: S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, S10 Lite, S20 5G, S20+ 5G, S20 Ultra 5G, S20 FE 5G, S21 5G, S21+ 5G, S21 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy Note series: Note10, Note10+, Note10+ 5G, Note20 5G, Note20 Ultra 5G
  • Galaxy A series: A10e, A20, A50, A11, A21, A51, A51 5G, A71 5G
  • Galaxy XCover series: XCover FieldPro, XCover Pro
  • Galaxy Tab series: Tab Active Pro, Tab Active3, Tab A 8 (2019), Tab A with S Pen, Tab A 8.4 (2020), Tab A7, Tab S5e, Tab S6, Tab S6 5G, Tab S6 Lite, Tab S7, Tab S7+
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By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Feb 22, 2021 10:23:24 pm