What you need to know
- A Samsung customer representative from South Korea has claimed that select Galaxy A series phones may be eligible to receive three major OS updates.
- Samsung had committed to three years of OS updates for its flagship phones at its virtual Unpacked event earlier this month.
- A list of Galaxy A-series phones eligible to receive three major OS updates is expected to be released before the end of the year.
At its virtual Unpacked event last week, Samsung announced that its latest flagship phones will receive three years of OS updates, along with monthly security patches. According to a Samsung customer representative from South Korea, the company's new update policy may also apply to select Galaxy A series phones (via TizenHelp).
The comment by the Samsung rep, which was made in response to a question from a Galaxy A90 owner, suggests high-end Galaxy A series phones released after the Galaxy S10 are currently "under review" for the extension. While it appears Samsung hasn't made up its mind yet, a list of A series phones that will be eligible to receive three years of OS updates will be shared on the Samsung Members app sometime later this year.
If Samsung is indeed serious about committing to three years of updates for its A series lineup, we expect the latest Galaxy A71 5G and Galaxy A51 5G phones to included in the list. Phones like the Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A90, and the 4G-only versions of the Galaxy A51 and A71 will likely be eligible as well.
Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
The Snapdragon 765G-powered Galaxy A71 5G is a solid mid-range phone that offers a fantastic 6.7-inch AMOLED display and a 64MP camera. It also delivers excellent battery life and supports 25W fast charging.
This would be incredible news! I just bought a A71 5g from t-mobile and one of my concerns was the updates. This would make me feel a lot better about it.
Honestly, if the A71 5G is guaranteed that 3-years, it immediately becomes one of the best mid-range options on Android. That would be fantastic having Samsung's weight behind an expanded software commitment. I imagine it would force competitors to extend their commitment as well to compete.
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