Will your phone, tablet or watch get that extra-long love from Sammy?
The lack of long-term operating system and security support has long been a stick in beating Android-based mobile devices. But encouraging signs of change are on the horizon, and in early 2022 Samsung pledged to extend the life of updates to its phones, tablets, foldables and wearables.
Most high-end smartphone makers promise a minimum of three years of updates, and the Google Pixel 7 Pro, its smaller sibling, and the Pixel 6/6a series get three years of Android upgrades as well as two more years of regular updates. security updates.
At the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event, however, Samsung took things a step further by announcing that it would be giving away four generations of One UI and Android OS upgrades and five years of security patches. Of course, you won’t get these upgrades on day one like Google Pixel owners, but this additional Android upgrade balances things out in our opinion.
Samsung had previously committed to four years of security updates for its hardware and three years of software upgrades in 2021, but that commitment to four full years of major OS updates, plus five years of security updates, marks a new policy for the company.
While the four-year support guarantee lags somewhat behind the six years of iOS and macOS updates that Apple iPad and iPhone users have been waiting for their devices, it’s still a welcome development that should extend the life of the Samsung kit beyond previous expectations.
In addition to select Galaxy S and Z series Galaxy phones and tablets, the commitment also extends to One UI Watch and Wear OS Powered by Samsung smartwatches.
Samsung products eligible for four years of Android upgrades from November 2022
Samsung Galaxy S series phones
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S22+
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S21 (Latest update: Android 15)
- Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Latest update: Android 15)
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (latest update: Android 15)
- Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (Latest update: Android 15)
- Upcoming Samsung Galaxy S phones
Samsung Galaxy Z Series Foldable Phones
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Latest update: Android 15)
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (Latest update: Android 15)
- Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z series devices
Samsung Galaxy tablets
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
- Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S series devices
Samsung Galaxy Watch
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (latest update 2025)
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (latest update 2025)
Samsung Galaxy A series phones
While Samsung has committed to four years of Android updates for all upcoming Galaxy S flagships and the Galaxy Z series foldable lineup, it will only update select phones in its Galaxy A lineup to budget and mid-range. We will continue to update this post as we learn which phones benefit from Samsung’s update policy.
- Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A73 5G
Samsung’s long-term Android updates are a good thing
Samsung’s list of supported products will almost certainly grow over time, and we think that’s a good thing. Most phones are more than powerful enough to last for several years, and having the latest version of Android means you’ll still get most of the same features as the latest flagships. If you’re new to Samsung, you’ll want to check out our top Samsung One UI tips to help you set up your phone.