Vivo promises three years of Android updates for upcoming flagships
Vivo’s upcoming X-series flagship telephones will obtain three years of Android OS upgrades and safety updates, the corporate introduced at present. The coverage will come into drive for telephones launched after July 2021 in Europe, Australia, and India.
“We’re making a promise to our clients that they are going to have the ability to take pleasure in a premium smartphone expertise for an prolonged interval and proceed to profit from the most recent software program options,” Vivo’s CTO and senior vp Yujian Shi stated in a press release.
With at present’s announcement, Vivo is becoming a member of a small however rising group of Android producers promising three years of OS updates for their flagship smartphones. Google has lengthy had an analogous coverage for its Pixel telephones. Final 12 months, Samsung introduced a “three era” OS coverage overlaying some Galaxy units, joined by HMD in April with a promise of two years of Android OS updates and three years of safety updates on its new X-series telephones. Even LG stated it might provide three years of Android OS updates the identical week it introduced it was exiting the smartphone enterprise. This 12 months, Samsung added that choose units would additionally get a further 12 months of safety updates, for a complete of 4 years of assist.
Three years of OS updates is an enormous enchancment over the 2 years that’s beforehand been the usual for most Android producers, however sooner or later this might prolong to as a lot as 4 years. Final December, Google and chip producer Qualcomm introduced they had been working to make it simpler for producers to supply as a lot as 4 generations of Android OS and safety updates, beginning with units outfitted with Qualcomm’s newest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 888.
Vivo’s new coverage places it forward of fellow BBK Electronics smartphone manufacturers OnePlus and Oppo. As of 2018, OnePlus’s official coverage has been to supply two years of Android model upgrades and three years of safety updates. In the meantime, the latest assertion we might discover from Oppo (by way of AusDroid) says the corporate gives two years of safety updates, and that it’s basic coverage is to supply two generations of Android OS updates. At this time’s announcement will undoubtedly create stress on Oppo and OnePlus to comply with Vivo’s instance.
These figures pale compared to Apple’s replace historical past. Final 12 months it launched the most recent model of iOS, model 14, on units as outdated as 2015’s iPhone 6S, the fifth main replace to have come to the cellphone.
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