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Five years of Android updates and a long-term security updates.

(Topic created on: 25-09-2023 01:23 PM)
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WinstonSmith
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Hi,
Samsung was on the top with its four years of Android updates, but quite recently, 
Google said that from the Google Plxel 8 Pro it will have a five years software support. 
Exactly what Apple has. 
And don't forget about iPhone 15 series. 
Since they have a USB-C connector, 
it will be easier for the Android users to switch to an iPhone, easier than ever. 
And for the effort to delay the price erosion, 
the deprivation of its smartphones, 
the longer term support is crucial. 

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I think samsung will offer more support in years to come but I think 4 years is fine. With apple if you want a cheaper phone you buy older ones so support is important with samsung if you want to buy a cheaper phone you go for a cheaper current model and I know people keep their phones long now but most people are ready to hand it over after 4 years. Got to agree though 5 years support for some people would make a difference
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WinstonSmith
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I'm changing my phones after a year or two maximum.
But it's about the value of the used phone on the market and about the value and reputation of Samsung's products as a good,
future-proof investments.
Samsung is competing mainly with Apple.
And Apple has significantly slower price deprivation of its products,
and a five years support
is one of the reasons.
Google Pixels are also a thread to Samsung,
mainly for its "FE" editions.
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Yea I know what you mean resale of samsung isn't great however if you upgrade with samsung they do give you a decent wack for your old phone it's only a big issue if you go from samsung to iPhone. There is no doubt iphones sell for more though but I do think the gap is getting smaller. The other thing is apple is a premium brand where as samsung isn't but just happens to make some premium phones.
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WinstonSmith
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Apple is supporting its products for ages,
so it's a secure future investment.
If you have a £1K+ phone
from a manufacturer with a guaranteed software support for 5 years
and another phone for the same £1K+ price with just 4 years support,
you'll probably choose 5 years support over 4 years support.
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Yea that's very true, not for me personally but the general population absolutely 👍
walla
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Its coming in to EU relglations from next year that all phone was get 10 years of security updates
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WinstonSmith
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I don't know,
I never heard of that.
But it's great for the after-sale value.
It doesn't matter,
if you want to keep your phone for longer,
or just sell the current one for a reasonable price.
Samsung will must,
because Apple has a USB-C port, the migration from Android to iOS will be a lot easier.
And to be honest,
a two-year-old S Series phone is still better,
than a brand new mid-ranger.
Even Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is still a great phone,
even with 24 around the corner.
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