Updates for Android are critical in improving security, supporting new technologies, adding new features and, in general, improve operating system and extend service life of smart phones that are mid-range and above represent a great investment.
The support of Google partners in this section is frankly improvable and it does not resist comparison with the (fantastic) that Apple offers for iPhones and that is a part of its success. As a general rule, because there are honorable exceptions, Android updates are late (long after Google delivers the code) or worse, they don’t.
This increases the fragmentation of the platform and increases the suspicions (well founded) that the manufacturers plan a type of technological obsolescence via software, leaving terminals “lying around” that by hardware could work considerably longer. They simply want to sell more new units. This causes a very negative experience among users and thankfully many of us have been using alternative ROMs for a decade.
Updates for Android: Samsung promises 3 years
Google is aware of the problem and has been putting pressure on its partners to improve the picture for some time. In addition, it has promoted the Treble Project to help device manufacturers launch operating system updates more quickly and effectively. That is why the announcement of the world’s first mobile producer made yesterday at the presentation of the Note 20 and the Fold2 is very important, “Reiterating its commitment to provide continuous updates for the operating system of its smartphones”.
In this way, Samsung promises to deliver three generations of the Android operating system (like Google does with the Pixels) and monthly security updates. To some it may seem like little, but it is an advance from the current 2 years and taking into account the influence of Samsung we hope that other manufacturers will commit themselves in a similar way and even better by extending the period. Four years would be a reasonable time, although it is obvious that a $ 100 smartphone is not the same as one of the new folding devices that overcome the $ 2,000 barrier.
And that’s one of the problems with the ad. The compromise only affects (for now) the top of the Samsung range. The Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S10 have been specifically mentioned. We hope that the measure will be extended to other lower models of the company and that the rest of the manufacturers take note and conscience that they have to improve in the section of updates for Android.