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Samsung solidifies its place as Android update king with bold new commitment

Samsung solidifies its place as Android update king with bold new commitment

Samsung has been improving its update reputation a lot over the last few years. The company has been releasing major updates faster and has even come in ahead of its own schedule at times. Security update delivery has been especially impressive, frequently beating Google to the punch. Last summer, Samsung changed its update policy so that select devices released as far back as 2019 would get three major Android upgrades, matching Google's own policy. Today, Samsung is shaking things up again, extending its commitment to four years of security updates.

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Future Android phones may get 4 years of updates, thanks to Google and Qualcomm

Future Android phones may get 4 years of updates, thanks to Google and Qualcomm

In what might prove to be the biggest Android news story of the week, today Google announced that all of Qualcomm's future chipsets, starting with the upcoming Snapdragon 888, will support three Android OS updates and four years of security updates. In layman's terms, that means some new phones landing in 2021 will probably get an extra year of updates — assuming OEMs step up to the plate and follow suit.

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Five-year-old Galaxy Tab S2 receives October 2020 security patch, proving Samsung has truly changed its ways 

Five-year-old Galaxy Tab S2 receives October 2020 security patch, proving Samsung has truly changed its ways 

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab S2 in July 2015, a time when Android tablets still mattered, and there was much more competition. Sporting a luxurious new design based on the Galaxy S6 and a beautifully bright AMOLED display, it represented the best Android tablets had to offer. But why are we talking about it five years later? Because it just received the October 2020 security patch, and that's incredible.

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Android's yearly updates aren't for you anymore

Android's yearly updates aren't for you anymore

This year's big Android update has finally arrived, but there's not quite the excitement around its release that was common just a few years ago. Given the current worldwide pandemic and Google's shift to working from home, it's impressive that Android 11 arrived even close to on time, but the upgrade seemingly crossed the finish line with little fanfare.

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Microsoft commits to 3 years of major Android OS updates for the Surface Duo

Microsoft commits to 3 years of major Android OS updates for the Surface Duo

After months of anticipation, Microsoft formally announced the Surface Duo for pre-order yesterday. It's a pretty unique device with dual 5.6-inch AMOLED screens, Surface Pen support, and a 360-degree hinge — but that's not all it's got going for it. Microsoft has revealed that it plans to keep the device updated for as long as Google's own Pixel devices: 3 years of OS upgrades and security patches.

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Treble is actually making a big difference when it comes to Android updates

Treble is actually making a big difference when it comes to Android updates

We're all familiar with Android's dirty "F" word: fragmentation. Turns out, we can't really depend on phone manufacturers to keep devices updated out of the goodness of their own hearts, so Google has been rolling out changes like Project Treble meant to make that job as easy for them as possible. Based on some recently published metrics, Treble is making a big difference.

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Pixel 4 and 4 XL will get Android updates and security patches until October 2022

Pixel 4 and 4 XL will get Android updates and security patches until October 2022

One of the many advantages of Pixel phones is the fact that they're made by Google itself. The synergy of hardware and software ensures speedy Android updates and long support. The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are no different. Just like their predecessors, they'll get Android security updates for three years, until October 2022.

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OnePlus shares Android 10 rollout schedule for OnePlus 6T, 6, 5T, and 5

OnePlus shares Android 10 rollout schedule for OnePlus 6T, 6, 5T, and 5

The official rollout of Android 10 has already started for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, but older OnePlus devices are still without the latest software. That won't be the case for too much longer, though, at least for some phones. OnePlus has shared a tentative schedule of when the OnePlus 6T, 6, 5T, and 5 will see the update, and it's as soon as this month.

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[Update: More carriers, T-Mobile] LG G7 ThinQ is finally getting its Android 9 Pie update

[Update: More carriers, T-Mobile] LG G7 ThinQ is finally getting its Android 9 Pie update

Back in January, LG rolled out the Android 9 Pie update to the G7 in its home country of South Korea, but users elsewhere haven't been so lucky. It's now finally hitting devices in the US — better late than never, I suppose.

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Over 75% of Pixel users are on Android Pie — why not more?

Over 75% of Pixel users are on Android Pie — why not more?

It's a well-known fact that software updates permeate the Android market at a crawl in comparison with iOS, but Google's own Pixel devices are an entirely different question. The Pixels are an opportunity for Google to brag that when it makes its own devices, it's able to surpass Apple in the updates arena — and that's exactly what Google's senior vice-president of hardware, Rick Osterloh, attempted to do in a recent tweet. However, the feedback may not have been what Osterloh was expecting.

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