The discourse is well established that all smartphone manufacturers take security and privacy protection very seriously. However, for Samsung, these are not empty words: the company is one of the companies that ensures the best follow-up of security updates for its smartphones.
Not all smartphones are kept in the same boat
Updates for these phones include fixes made by Google for Android, but also fixes made by Samsung for its own software. The manufacturer released new patches on April 1 that patch no fewer than 66 security vulnerabilities (including 55 from Google) that affect multiple devices. Galaxy S22, S23, Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 and mid-range Galaxy A22/52/53 are affected by this distribution.
Generally, group does It offers up to 4 years of security updates from 2019 and even up to 5 years for recently launched models. Samsung releases new releases monthly, quarterly or every six months, depending on how old the device is. Released in 2020, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is one of the devices to receive monthly updates like the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note20. Of course, the same applies to smartphones released later.
The 2019 Galaxy S10, for its part, moved to a monthly quarterly calendar last year. Unlike its cousins, the Galaxy S10 5G and Lite, it has now been completely dropped from the list of supported devices. Launched with Android 9.0, the model benefited from three major versions of the operating system up to Android 12. The Galaxy A30 and A50 were also dropped. That’s not good for trashing smartphones: first, it’s better to recycle them! While it’s sad that Samsung no longer guarantees follow-up, they can still mostly help, at least.
In this area, Apple is still strong. The iPhone 5s, released in September 2013, receives regular security updates. The Android platform is more fragmented than iOS, but it shouldn’t be out of the ordinary to ask for protection against vulnerabilities in a four-year-old smartphone.