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Samsung Commits to Four Years of Security Updates for Galaxy Devices

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Feb 22, 2021, 10:49 AM   by Rich Brome
updated Feb 24, 2021, 1:02 PM

Samsung today made a new commitment to provide security updates for its Galaxy phones and other devices for "a minimum of four years after the initial phone release." The promise covers phones launched in 2019 and later, including the S10 series, Note10 series, Z series, Fold, A50, A20, A10e, as well as newer models launch in 2020, 2021, and onward. Security updates protect users from security vulnerabilities discovered after launch. Such discoveries are relatively common. That means the longer a device has gone without a security update, the more vulnerable it is to hacking and malware. Security updates alone generally do not add new features nor update to a new OS version. Samsung made a separate commitment last August to provide three full OS upgrades for its higher-end Galaxy devices.


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Feb 23, 2021, 1:55 AM

I'm somewhat skeptical (also a correction)

Part of me is skeptical.
They don't explicitly say that it is four years of *android* security patches.
Is it possible that this only applies to Samsung's native apps and homegrown tech?

Also, the link goes to the previous August 2020 announcement about three years of android OS upgrades.
The PR for the security announcement is at: https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-takes -galaxy-security-to-the-next-level-by-extendi ng-updates
Link fixed. Thanks!
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