Samsung pledges 4 OS updates, 5 years of patches for 2021 and 2022 flagships

Peter, 09 February 2022

Last year Samsung made a commitment to offer 4 years of software support for its phones and tablets – that is 3 major OS updates and four years of security patches. The commitment covered flagships as well as models sitting lower in the product line like the A and M series. Now the company has decided to differentiate its flagship models by adding an extra year to their life cycles.

This means that the newly announced Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8 models will receive 4 new generations of Android OS and security patches for of 5 years. Since they start with Android 12, they should go up to Android 16 and receive their final patch in 2027.

There is good news for owners of a 2021 Samsung flagship – the same software support schedule applies to them too, meaning they will get one more OS update and an extra year of patches than originally planned. This includes the Z3 foldables, as well as the S21 series flagships (including the S21 FE). The Galaxy S20 series and older foldables remain on the 4-year schedule, however.

Galaxy S22 smartphones

Galaxy S22
Galaxy S22+
Galaxy S22 Ultra

Galaxy Tab S8 tablets

Galaxy Tab S8
Galaxy Tab S8+
Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra

Galaxy Z3 foldables

Galaxy Z Fold3
Galaxy Z Flip3

Galaxy S21 series

Galaxy S21
Galaxy S21+
Galaxy S21 Ultra
Galaxy S21 FE


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Reader comments

  • MrDSM
  • 04 May 2022
  • rXL

You think that there is a big difference between the SD 865 and 888? You're wrong. The SD888 is slightly more power and that's it (look at Antutu benchmark and Geekbench), but the SD 865 is more power efficiency. Look at all phones with S...

  • Anonymous
  • 03 May 2022
  • xH9

just put a tiny sticker on the front camera whenever you don't use it. more choices for you then.

  • Anonymous
  • 24 Apr 2022
  • pqu

I agree the S20 FE could be included in this extension too, however it is NOT on par with the S21 FE. S21 FE has a much better processor and finally, exclusively SNAPDRAGON. I love my S21 FE. Oh, and great move for Samsung to make this 5 year pl...

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