After a time, every device becomes ineligible for regular updates, no matter if they are security patch updates or major OS or UI updates. It becomes pretty insecure and problematic if your device no longer gets any updates, as they are indeed helpful for resolving any issue that appears on the device and also help to make it malware free. Let’s know why it is insecure and problematic and what to do when that happens.
Informatively, in terms of Samsung, they provide three and four years of OS updates according to the device’s category. In specific, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Z foldable series phones get four years of OS updates along with some mid-range Galaxy A devices. Besides, other lower-end and budget phones get least updates than four. These updates bring bug fixes, performance improvements, some novelties, and more with them.
Let us tell you when the Galaxy smartphone stops receiving OS updates; the first disadvantage is its Android version will now be the same forever and can’t be changed in the newer one. Besides, it also becomes eligible for any improvements that Google provides in its Android. However, regular security updates still make their way to those devices, but that too for a limited period. Samsung provides five years of security patch updates.
If you are unaware, security patch updates basically fix vulnerabilities that appear on your device’s Operating System and protect it from malware attacks. Hence, as long as your device is getting security patches, there is nothing to worry about. Besides, Google has also come up with a solution for it- Project Mainline, which helps to update some parts of the OS using the underlying platform, so you don’t need to rely on OTA updates.
What to do if your Galaxy phone will not get update?
Notably, Google can also bring new tools and features to the device without depending on the Operating System. If you are still unsatisfied with those, there are some other options as well, which will help you let your device experience a new life even if it no longer gets any OS updates. These ideas are listed below.
You can install an unofficial ROM: To update the Android version, you can get help from a third-party ROM. Their developers have made those unofficial ROMs compatible with nearly all devices from all brands.
Can use third-party applications: If you are willing to experience the latest Android version’s offerings, you can use a third-party application for that. All you have to do is find the right application.
Nota bene, we suggest you choose a smartphone with the maximum number of OS updates possible, along with five years of regular security patch updates. It is the best way to keep your device safe and updated for a long time.
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