Every year, spanning across generations, Samsung consistently enhances the software support provided to its devices. However, these improvements typically need to be extended retroactively. Consequently, products not explicitly mentioned in each advertisement receive a different level of software updates. Consequently, numerous smartphones and tablets from the brand, some of which are quite popular, will not receive the updates.
For our attentive readers, it is no secret that Samsung has made significant progress in recent years, positioning itself as a commendable role model for software support among Android original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). In fact, Samsung often outperforms even Google in this regard.
During a time when it was least expected, the Asian powerhouse revamped its software update policy, going above and beyond by guaranteeing three major Android releases and four years of security patches for over a hundred models. Just over a year ago, Samsung took it a step further, laying the foundation for an even more remarkable upgrade: promising four Android versions and five years of guaranteed security patches.
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To simplify, this exceptional treatment applies not only to the flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 series and subsequent models but also to the mid-range devices starting with the Samsung Galaxy A33, Samsung Galaxy A53, and Samsung Galaxy A73. For models not included in this cut, the duration of software support will be shorter, and since the same has been around for a few years now, it follows that the same will not go beyond Android 13 and the One UI 5.
These Samsungs will not enjoy Android 14-based One UI 6.0
The most enthusiastic among you are likely aware that the development journey of Android 14 has recently begun, and we recently provided a detailed explanation of all the Beta 2 updates. While the official stable version of the new Android iteration, both from Google and OEMs, is still a few months away, we can already compile an initial list of Samsung devices that will, unfortunately, miss out on it, causing disappointment among users.
Before proceeding, it’s important to note that these same models will continue to receive official software support in the form of security patches for a certain period (as indicated on the official website, whether it’s monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually). With that in mind, let’s proceed to the list of devices:
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (All Models)
- Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (LTE and 5G)
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
- Samsung Galaxy A22 (LTE and 5G)
- Samsung Galaxy A32 (LTE and 5G)
- Samsung Galaxy A51
- Samsung Galaxy A71
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2020)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+.
Upon reflection, the list does not encompass the earliest smartphones or tablets. However, it does include several models that have garnered significant popularity and are likely still in the possession of many users. Therefore, these users will have to accept that they will remain on Android 13 (a feat not achieved by all competing models launched during the same timeframe).
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While Samsung has yet to announce its plans for the release of One UI 6.0 with Android 14, it is highly probable that current flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra, as well as upcoming devices like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5, will be the first to receive the update.
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