Update Samsung’s latest phones could get four years of Android OS upgrades! And min. five years of security updates.

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After Samsung set an example by extending the Android OS update policy from two to three major OS updates, the company appears to be doing it again at Unpacked 2022. According to a fresh leak, Samsung intends to extend the Android update policy for a handful of devices from three to four major OS updates.

In addition, the leak indicates that the Korean tech giant is now committed to providing security patches for five years instead of four.

Buy an Android 12 device this year and upgrade again in 2026​

So far, the devices that appear to be eligible for this upcoming policy are the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S22 series, as well as the Galaxy Tab S8 lineup, and the latest two foldable phones, i.e., the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3.

In other words, the Galaxy S22 and Tab S8 will ship with Android 12, but thanks to this upcoming change in firmware policy, they should eventually be updated to Android 16 somewhere in 2025-2026. And, of course, aside from these four major Android OS upgrades, the aforementioned devices will enjoy at least five years of security updates.
 
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Here is a list of all devices seeing four Android upgrades and five years of security patches.

Today, Samsung launched its 2022 flagship smartphones and tablets. Along with these launches, the company also significantly overhauled its update policy for these new devices and some of its older models.

Below, you’ll find the phones and tablets that will see this new policy.

Samsung Android updates: Devices with four upgrades, five years of patches​

  • 2022 devices:
    • Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra
    • Galaxy Tab S8, Tab S8 Plus, and Tab S8 Ultra
    • Galaxy S21 FE
  • 2021 devices:
    • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
    • Galaxy Z Flip 3
    • Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra