Android 13 Has Arrived: All Samsung Phones May Not Get It
A guide to which Samsung phones will get four years of Android OS updates, and the older devices receiving fewer upgrades.
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But there's another reason why software upgrades are so critical: security. Updates typically include bug fixes and security patches, so it's a good idea to install them soon after they become available. In addition to offering four years of Android OS upgrades, Samsung will also provide five years of security updates for the Galaxy S21 and later. The company also rolls out periodic security updates for older devices, including those that are no longer upgradable to new Android versions.
Samsung also customizes Google's Android software with its own interface known as One UI. Phones that are eligible for Android operating system upgrades also typically get the latest version of this software. Check out the list of Samsung devices that support the newest iteration of One UI.
Check out the tables below to see how long Samsung will provide Android OS updates to your phone.