The Android ecosystem has many advantages. However, one of the biggest flaws is the update problem. In recent years, however, Google has made increased efforts to facilitate the provision of these. In addition, Google offers regular updates on its Pixel smartphones for at least three years.
And the good news is, this Google practice is inspiring other manufacturers. In 2020, Samsung announced a list of Galaxy smartphones that will benefit from updates to newer Android versions for three years. In addition, some models will benefit from security updates for four years.
By supporting existing models for longer, Samsung is extending the life of these devices. At the same time, restore the image. And since Samsung is the leader in smartphones, this type of initiative is having an impact across the industry.
Samsung inspires other manufacturers
Additionally, Vivo recently made an announcement similar to that of Samsung. Vivo today announced that it is expanding its software support for the flagship X-Series and is committed to providing three years of critical Android operating system upgrades and security updates for select models introduced after July 2021. Vivo aims to expand the high-end smartphone experience of X-Series devices through continuous improvements based on changing consumer trends and exciting new software innovations, ”the company said in a press release.
This policy covers the European, Australian and Indian markets. In addition, premium X-series models that are not covered by this new update policy will continue to receive regular security updates.
And of course, after Vivo, Oppo could also improve its Android update practices. According to the 9to5Google website, Oppo intends to offer a four-year update plan. However, this should be viewed with caution for now until there is an official announcement from the company.
Google has made efforts to reduce the fragmentation of its operating system (but it still doesn’t compare to iOS).
If manufacturers can improve their update policies today, it is likely in part thanks to the efforts of Google. Indeed, Mountain View has redesigned Android’s architecture to reduce the interdependence between smartphone makers and component makers when updating smartphones.
Additionally, in December 2020, Google and Qualcomm announced a collaboration to facilitate the delivery of updates for devices with Snapdragon chips. Thanks to this collaboration, manufacturers can update their smartphones without having to change the software specific to Snapdragon chips. “These improvements are designed to reduce the time and resources required to upgrade Snapdragon devices to the latest version of the Android operating system,” said Qualcomm.
As such, we can expect similar announcements to Samsung and Vivo from other brands in the coming months.
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