We’re barely two weeks into 2024, but it’s already time to talk about three of the biggest smartphone releases of the entire year. Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S24 family, including the typical trio of phones. This year, it’s the Galaxy S24, S24 Plus, and S24 Ultra.
There’s plenty to discuss with these phones — from the refined designs to Samsung’s new Galaxy AI features. But there’s another detail I want to shine the spotlight on, one that was barely mentioned during my pre-briefing with Samsung. We’re talking about software updates.
The entire Galaxy S24 series gets a significant boost for software updates, and it’s a page taken straight from Google’s playbook.
Software updates have been a strong suit of Samsung’s for a few years now. In 2020, the company committed to “three generations of Android OS upgrades” for numerous devices in its Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy A smartphone lineups — plus some foldables and tablets. In 2022, Samsung upped its game with a promise of “four generations” of
Now, coinciding with the launch of the Galaxy S24 series, Samsung has confirmed that the S24, S24 Plus, and S24 Ultra will all receive seven years of major OS upgrades and security patches. This ensures all three phones will keep getting updates through January 2031.
It’s unclear if/when Samsung will extend that seven years of support to other phones beyond the Galaxy S24. I think it’s safe to assume Samsung won’t retroactively bring it to older models, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if other releases throughout this year and beyond get similar treatment.
If that seven-year promise sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same one Google announced last year for the Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro. It was a promise that Pixel fans had been waiting ages for, and it gave the Pixel 8 handsets a legitimate advantage over their competitors. Now, Samsung has completely copied it.
I’m sure Google’s Pixel team isn’t thrilled with this sudden news from Samsung, but I couldn’t be happier.
Software updates have been a regular pain point for almost all
Three years of updates was a good start a few years ago, and four years was even better. But promising seven years is huge. That means seven years of getting the latest
With Samsung and Google now offering nearly a decade of promised updates for their latest
The OnePlus 11 is promised four major
I don’t expect every single
Software updates have never been the flashiest or most exciting thing to talk about. But they also shouldn’t be overlooked, and I’m glad Samsung isn’t doing that with the Galaxy S24 series. It’s another strong example of the right way to handle updates, and I hope Samsung’s competitors take note.
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