Before the Galaxy Unpacked 2022, Samsung software update policy ensured Three generations of Android upgrades as well as Four years of regular security updates for flagship Galaxy devices.
Well, in February 2022, Samsung officially announced the expansion of its upgrades guarantee. Now, the Galaxy S22 series and Galaxy Tab S8 series tablets will be eligible for Four Android and One UI generation upgrades.
Alongside the latest flagships, the same policy also applies to last year’s flagship Galaxy Z, and Galaxy S lineup. At the same time, select upcoming Galaxy A phones have also joined the four Android upgrades party.
Besides extended One UI upgrades, Samsung will now provide up to five years of security updates to help protect select Galaxy devices. Below you can check the list of the Galaxy devices that are eligible for four years of AndroidOS updates.
These Galaxy devices will have Four Android upgrades
- Galaxy S Series:
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S22+
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy S21+
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy S21 FE
- Galaxy Z Series:
- Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Galaxy Z Flip 3
- Galaxy A Series:
- Galaxy A73 5G
- Galaxy A53 5G
- Galaxy A33 5G
- Galaxy Tablets:
- Galaxy Tab S8
- Galaxy Tab S8+
- Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
One UI 5.0
Google introduced the two Android 13 beta update that is available for both the users and developers. The Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra will be the first to receive the major software upgrade on both Beta and Stable channels.
Android 13 Beta 2.1:
Google released the Android 13 Beta 2.1 with a slew of fixes. The latest beta update of Android 13 brings fixes for problems that appeared in the previous betas. Read more here
Android 13 Beta 2:
Google released the Android 13 Beta 2 update with a bundle of new features including Themed app icons, quick setting placement API, pulsating home unlock animations, predictive back gestures, and more. Read the full story here
Android 13 Beta 1:
In April 2022, Android 13 Beta 1 rolled out first for Pixel phone users. With this beta update, Google enhanced the privacy and security of your devices while providing new APIs to help you build a great experience. Also, it improved several older features for a better experience. Read the full story here
Android 12 reached over 13% phones, ready for Android 13?
On May 9, the company updated the Android platform/API version distribution data in Android Studio which, the 12th OS version didn’t mention. As Android 13 is near to its launch, Google included data about Android 12 as well.
At present, Android 11 went down to 27% from 28.3% in May, remaining the most commonly used version of Android. Aside from this, 22.3% of phones run Android 10 while 14.5% are running on Android 9 Pie.
Phones: Android 12 Distribution
In the past, Google managed to publish Android distribution data as per the users’ Play Store visit within 7 days of the end of the date of availability. However, the company has stopped sharing the data officially.
The last generic way to get info about Android distribution remains the Android Studio platform. App developers can head to the “Create New Project Wizard” which provides diagrams mentioning which OS versions they should target.
Based on IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio is the official Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Android app development. On top of IntelliJ’s powerful code editor and developer tools, it offers even more features that enhance your productivity.
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Samsung confirms 4 Android updates for Galaxy A52s, but, don’t be happy!
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is undoubtedly a flagship-grade smartphone with powerful performance, thanks to its Snapdragon 778G processor. Similar to the Galaxy A52/A72, Samsung promised 3 major Android updates to Galaxy A52s 5G, however, the manager of its UK Twitter account just confirmed 4 updates, which is not valid.
Twitter user Jon Crawford shared the information that his Galaxy A52s smartphone just got the August 2022 security patch to praise Samsung’s support. Following the Tweet, Samsung UK comes up and thanked the user and further reminded him that the A52s support up to 5 years of security updates.
As a regular Twitter post become a thread of official communication, another user Medbuddy asked Samsung about the Android OS updates support for the Galaxy A52s 5G. Samsung UK didn’t stop and accidentally confirmed 4 generations of Android updates for the Galaxy A52s and embedded the newsroom post of the new policy.
Firstly, we’ve rechecked the software updates support of the Galaxy A52s on Samsung’s website, which still promises 3 updates, then we headed for the 4 OS guarantee press release to check if the manufacturer made amendments in the list of devices, but, it’s the same as day one.
According to the information mentioned in the policy, Samsung won’t bring 4 Android updates to the Galaxy A52s smartphone as this guideline applies to the Galaxy A53/A73 and select models that will launch in the future. At the same time, flagships starting the Galaxy S21 series are also listed for the same support.
Due to a lack of information, Samsung UK appears to be doing fake promises to the consumers which are disappointing. We hope, that this mistake will be solved as soon as our voice reaches Samsung’s ears, meanwhile, we would be happy if the Galaxy A52s 5G becomes eligible for 4 OS updates.
Great question! The A52s will receive four generations of Android OS updates! You can read more about this here: https://t.co/baCrxumW9S ^RR
— Samsung UK (@SamsungUK) August 12, 2022
Download Android 12 Custom ROM for Samsung phones
Back in October 2021, Google launched the new version of its mobile operating system that is Android 12. Inspired by Google’s Android 12 OS, One UI 4.0 has various new features and changes for all eligible Samsung phones.
The South Korean tech giant delivered Android 12-based One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 updates to almost every eligible Galaxy device. However, several phones and tabs are now outdated when it comes to software upgrade support.
You can still enjoy all the Android 12 features and improvements by installing a custom ROM on your Samsung smartphone or tablet, unofficially. Thanks to XDA, we have several Android 12 Custom ROM for Samsung phones and tablets.
You can download the Android 12 custom ROM for your smartphone and do manually flash it to install the latest OS and get its features. Notably, the unofficial ROM may have some issues with the phone’s functionality, so read the developer’s instructions first.
Note: Manual flashing causes personal data loss, make a backup before installing custom ROM.
- Samsung Galaxy A10
- Samsung Galaxy A20 and A20e
- Samsung Galaxy A21s
- Samsung Galaxy A30
- Samsung Galaxy A40
- Samsung Galaxy Note8
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet
- Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Supported phones – Galaxy S10e, S10 & S10+
- For various devices
- For various devices
Noble ROM 2.1 (One UI 4.1) for Galaxy S9, Note 9
- One UI 4./Noble ROM 2.1 for Galaxy S9|S9 Plus –Download Link
- One UI 4.1/Noble ROM 2.1 for Galaxy Note 9– Download Link
Check Noble ROM 2.1 Changelog here.
Noble ROM 2.0 Android 12 to Galaxy S9 and Note 9
- One UI 4.0/Noble ROM 2.0 for Galaxy S9|S9 Plus –Download Link
- One UI 4.0/Noble ROM 2.0 for Galaxy Note 9– Download Link
| Credits – XDA |