Samsung just got more competition in the software update game

Samsung was the first Android maker to promise four years of Android OS upgrades for its smartphones and tablets. It was a move that’s now inspiring other manufacturers, with OnePlus announcing a few weeks ago that some of its upcoming devices will receive four Android OS upgrades and security patches for five years. And now Oppo, OnePlus’ parent company, is making the same commitment. Or is it?

Oppo has announced that its future flagships will receive four major operating system updates and five years of security updates. That sounds a lot like Samsung at first glance, but it’s not. While Samsung promises four years of Android OS upgrades, Oppo promises four Color OS updates.

Color OS is Oppo’s equivalent of Samsung’s One UI overlay and receives updates regardless of the underlying Android version. With the new update policy, Oppo’s flagship phones launching in the future will receive four Color OS version updates, and that’s where the problem lies.

Oppo may not promise what people think

Essentially, Oppo makes no commitment when it comes to updating the Android version. It just says it will provide four updates to its custom software.

Now Oppo’s existing policy guarantees three Android version updates, so the new policy could mean its devices will receive at least three Android version updates in addition to new versions of Color OS. But whatever the case, it seems Samsung’s lead in updates will remain unmatched.

Not only that four Android OS updates from Oppo are not promised here. It’s also the fact that Oppo – and even OnePlus – won’t apply its new policy to devices it’s already selling. Samsung, on the other hand, said it will extend support for four Android OS upgrades to some existing Galaxy devices coming in 2021. Additionally, Samsung’s policy applies to both mid-range and flagship devices.

Samsung’s update policy is still unbeaten

In summary, Galaxy phone and tablet owners and Samsung fans can rest assured that they are getting the best after-sales software support. While manufacturers like OnePlus and Oppo are moving in the right direction by taking inspiration from Samsung, they don’t mimic the Korean giant as well as their customers would hope and Galaxy devices are still the best option for those interested in updates.

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