Samsung has rolled out extensive OS improvements and security updates for its phones, starting with the newly announced Galaxy S24 series. With these devices, the company says it will provide seven generations of OS updates and seven years of security updates. This is an extension 2022 announcement When the Galaxy S22 series launched, it committed to four generations of One UI and Android updates, along with five years of security updates.
The company matches Google extended The promise of its own firmware update with the launch of the Pixel 8. Google’s previous policy was five years, which is still a long time. Like Google, Samsung cites a commitment to “extending product life” and “helping users reliably experience the optimized performance of their Galaxy devices for longer.” The company said this new policy will start with the S24 series, so it doesn’t sound like it applies to the S23 or other Samsung devices, but we’ve reached out to the company for clarification. As part of the 2022 update news, the company listed the phones, foldable devices and tablets covered by the policy, including previous generation models.
In addition to updates that will help customers keep their phones longer, Samsung said it continues to increase the amount of recycled materials used in its Galaxy line. Recycled plastic, glass and aluminum are used in both interior and exterior components. In addition, the S24 series features parts made with recycled cobalt and rare earth elements – a first for Galaxy devices. Specifically, according to Samsung, the S24 Ultra uses a minimum of 50 percent recycled cobalt in the battery, and 100 percent recycled rare earth elements are used in the speakers.
The company has also committed to using at least one recycled material in every module of every mobile product by 2023. Samsung defines a “module” as an antenna, battery, camera, display, mechanical components, motor, circuit board, speaker, wireless charging. and packaging.