Samsung has confirmed exactly which of its devices will receive “three generations” of Android updates, after announcing the initiative at its Note 20 launch event earlier this month. As expected, the list includes flagship phones dating back to last year’s Galaxy S10, but there are also a few new inclusions in Samsung’s foldable tablet and tablet lines.
In the past, Samsung typically promised two years of updates, but now its phones could be supported for up to three, depending on the company’s definition of “generations”. For example, Samsung claims that its Galaxy S20 phones will receive “three operating system upgrades from Android 11”, which means that unless Android’s name or release schedule changes, phones are expected to continue receiving Android 12 in 2021 and Android 13 in 2022. Extending support for Android updates is important for owners who keep their devices for longer.
Here’s Samsung’s full list of three-generation devices, which includes its flagship S and Note series phones, foldables, Galaxy Tab tablets, and mid-range Galaxy A phones that far surpass its flagships:
- Galaxy S Series: Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, S20 Ultra, S20 + 5G, S20 +, S20 5G, S20 in addition to S10 5G, S10 +, S10, S10e, S10 Lite and upcoming S series devices
- Galaxy Note series: Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, Note20 Ultra, Note20 5G, Note20, Note10 + 5G, Note10 +, Note10 5G, Note10, Note10 Lite and future Note series devices
- Galaxy Foldable devices: Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Z Fold2, Z Flip 5G, Z Flip, Fold 5G, Fold and upcoming Z series devices
- Galaxy A series: Galaxy A71 5G, A71, A51 5G, A51, A90 5G and select the next A series devices
- Tablets: Galaxy Tab S7 + 5G, Tab S7 +, Tab S7 5G3, Tab S7, Tab S6 5G4, Tab S6, Tab S6 Lite and the next Tab S series devices
Beyond these phones, Samsung says it is “committed to providing the latest Android operating system upgrades until hardware specifications allow.” It also cautions that the availability of upgrades may vary by market.
It should be noted, however, that while a phone is guaranteed to get three generations of Android updates, that doesn’t say anything about how quickly it will receive them after their official release. Samsung says the Galaxy S20 line will be the first Galaxy devices to be updated to Android 11 “later this year”. However, delayed OS updates are not a Samsung exclusive issue, and in general things are improving in the Android ecosystem.