Didja see? Samsung’s pledging a full 4 years of help for safety updates on its Galaxy-branded Android telephones. Effectively, shiver me timbers: That certain is somethin’!

Samsung slapped the information down onto these right here internerfs of ours Monday morning, and the glowing headlines predictably adopted — with some tales going so far as to proclaim Samsung as the brand new undisputed “king of Android upgrades” or to declare that the corporate was now “beating Google at its personal sport.”

Yeaaaaaaaah. That, my mates, is what we name an efficient press launch rollout.

Do not get me flawed: Samsung’s newly said dedication is good news, unquestionably, and it is hopefully a transfer that’ll solely spur extra corporations within the Android universe to comply with go well with (yay!). However there’s additionally extra to it than you see on the floor (aww!) — and the state of affairs is not practically as black and white as some interpretations would go away you to consider (ohh…). So let’s take a minute to discover the nuances of Samsung’s shift and wrap our moist person-brains round what’s truly taking place right here, we could?

First, for context: For some time now, most Android device-makers have — at the least in concept — agreed to supply a minimal of two years of working system updates and safety patches for his or her top-tier, flagship-level telephones. Final 12 months, Google bumped that as much as a three-year assure for its personal Pixel telephones (insert suggestive eyebrow elevate right here), and Samsung quickly supplied an identical promise for a few of its Galaxy gadgets (albeit with out the identical assurance of timeliness connected).

So now, what Samsung is doing is taking {that a} step additional by saying it will present the Android safety patches for an further 12 months past that three-year interval — which, once more, is unbelievable. Whereas full-fledged working system upgrades completely do play a major function in areas like efficiency, privateness, and safety, the smaller safety patches alone are nonetheless a lot better than nothing (clearly, proper?!). And figuring out you will obtain these for 4 years as a substitute of three — or generally even much less — is a beneficial little bit of assurance for anybody who hangs onto a cellphone even as soon as it is reached, erm, aged golden-ager standing.

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