Samsung has been at the top of its game lately when it comes to providing timely software updates to its phones. Adding another feather to its cap, the South Korean company has now promised five years of Android security patches to some of its current and older flagships.
It is worth noting that most business-oriented Samsung smartphones and tablets get four years of security updates from the date of release of the device. But the tech giant is extended this four-year period to five years for some enterprise devices. However, there’s a catch.
The devices eligible for Samsung’s five-year update promise include only the enterprise edition of the Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Note 20 series, Galaxy XCover 5, and the Galaxy Tab Active 3. All other enterprise devices will get four years of security updates, just like all other Samsung devices from 2019 or later.
Samsung’s enterprise edition phones are meant for businesses. They can be programmed and managed by companies with their proprietary work software and apps. Samsung also equips them with its Knox Suite that serves as a mobile command center for companies. While you can pick up a Samsung enterprise edition phone online, you’ll probably want to stick to the regular consumer version because you don’t need all that extra enterprise software.
As far as the security firmware goes, Samsung says the five years of patches for enterprise flagships will be broken up into monthly and quarterly updates.
While an extra year of updates is certainly a nice addition, keep in mind that these are security updates and not Android updates so a device will be patched to fix the latest vulnerabilities but it still might not receive Android 12.