Vivo’s upcoming X-series flagship phones will receive three years of Android operating system upgrades and security updates, the company said today. The policy will go into effect for phones launched after July 2021 in Europe, Australia and India.
“We promise our customers that they will be able to enjoy a high-end smartphone experience for an extended period of time and continue to benefit from the latest software features,” said Yujian Shi, CTO and senior vice president of Vivo, in a statement. communicated.
With today’s announcement, Vivo joins a small but growing group of Android manufacturers promising three years of operating system updates for their flagship smartphones. Google has long had a similar policy for its Pixel phones. Last year, Samsung announced a “three generation” operating system policy covering select Galaxy devices, joined by HMD in April with a pledge of two years of Android operating system updates and three years of Android operating system updates. Security updates on its new X Series phones. Even LG said it would offer three years of Android operating system updates the same week it announced it was leaving the smartphone business. This year, Samsung added that some devices would also get an additional year of security updates, for a total of four years of support.
Three years of operating system updates is a big improvement over the two years that were previously the norm for most Android manufacturers, but in the future that could extend up to four years. . Last December, Google and chipmaker Qualcomm announced that they were working to enable manufacturers to offer up to four generations of Android operating systems and security updates, starting with devices equipped with the Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 888.
Vivo’s new policy puts it ahead of other BBK Electronics OnePlus and Oppo smartphone brands. As of 2018, OnePlus official policy has been to offer two years of Android version upgrades and three years of security updates. Meanwhile, the most recent statement we could find from Oppo (via AusDroid) says the company offers two years of security updates and its general policy is to offer two generations of updates to the Android operating system. Today’s announcement will undoubtedly create pressure on Oppo and OnePlus to follow Vivo’s lead.
These numbers pale in comparison to Apple’s update history. Last year, it released the latest version of iOS, version 14, on devices as old as the 2015 iPhone 6S, the fifth major update to arrive on the phone.