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

Oppo has announced that its future flagships will receive four major OS updates and five years of security updates. At first glance, it looks almost the same as Samsung, but it really isn’t. While Samsung promises four years of Android OS updates, Oppo promises four years Color OS updates.

Color OS for Oppo is the equivalent of Samsung’s One UI overlay and gets updates regardless of the version of Android underneath. Thanks to its new update policy, future flagship Oppo phones will receive four Color OS version updates, and therein lies the problem.

Oppo may not be promising what people think

Basically, Oppo makes no commitment when it comes to updating the Android version. It only says that it will provide four updates for its custom software.

Oppo’s current policy now guarantees three Android version updates, so the new policy could mean its devices will receive at least three Android version updates in addition to the new Color OS versions. But no matter what, it looks like Samsung’s lead in updates will continue to be unmatched.

It’s not just the fact that Oppo is promising four Android OS updates here. It’s also that Oppo, and even OnePlus, aren’t going to apply their new policy to devices they already sell. Samsung, on the other hand, said it will extend support for four Android OS updates to some existing Galaxy devices launched in 2021. Furthermore, Samsung’s policy applies to both mid-range and flagship devices.

Samsung’s update policy is still insurmountable

To summarize, 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 aren’t emulating the Korean giant as much as their customers would like, and Galaxy devices are still the best option for those looking to upgrade.


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