Samsung has been great with Android Security Updates with its flagship devices this year, regularly providing patches. Moreover, previously in the news, it was spotted that a Reddit user’s chat with a Samsung executive revealed that the Galaxy S6 which was not expected to get the Android Oreo update, now has a good chance of getting Android Oreo update. This thus has sparked the speculation that from now on, has Samsung decided to support its flagship devices for more than two years for major Android Software Updates?
The Search-giant Google is the only one that has revealed to support its Android devices (Pixel series) to provide updates until 2020. And other than that Apple has a good track record of delivering updates for more than 4 to 5 years for its iPhones. So, if Samsung decides to upgrade their three year Galaxy S6, then this hints us that its predecessors might also get three years of Android updates support.
Another, reason behind the 3-year update support is that Google has now implemented a well-sorted main-framework within Android Oreo, which is known as Project Treble. Which allows the OEMs to update their devices at a faster pace due to the smart separated compartmentalization of Android OS’s framework from the processor’s drivers, which earlier requires the OEM to have a word with the chipmaker, but now it’s not needed anymore.
One such case was with devices powered by Snapdragon 800/801 which could technically(and as well as Officially) support Android Nougat, but due to Qualcomm refused to update its graphics drivers, they were left in the dust to run on Android Marshmallow forever unless you count in custom ROMs.
So, if Samsung decides to update its devices for the next three years then, there’s a good chance other OEMs will compete in and at least provide a year or two for their respective devices.