Why Samsung is rolling out an update to (very) old Galaxy smartphones | TechBuzz

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What happened at Samsung? Older Samsung Galaxys, including a 2014 model, have received an update. We thought they were abandoned, but the Korean manufacturer surprises us here.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 // Source : Frandroid

Admittedly, updates are one of Android’s main weak points. They are deployed sparsely, moreover the abandonment of old devices is often too hasty. We often talk about fragmentation, but the reality is more difficult to describe.

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It’s true, the issue of Android fragmentation has long been a source of debate between the iOS camp and the Android camp. Fragmentation is the name given to the lack of follow-up of major updates by Android smartphone manufacturers over the long term, which can lead to fears of missing important functions and new features as it would be the case on an iPhone without an update. However, the two systems are managed very differently, as Google deploys new features via Google Play Services.

Despite everything, manufacturers are now committed to providing a minimum of major updates, in addition to security updates. Samsung is already one of the manufacturers who promise updates. A total of four, since the 2021 models, such as the Galaxy S21. This does not prevent the Korean manufacturer from showing that it could (partially) update much older smartphones.

An update on old Samsung

Samsung has rolled out an update that fixes a GPS issue on smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S9, and even some mid-range phones like the Galaxy J7 from 2015. Samsung did not detail the problem that the updates solve, it was also learned that this update brings some fixes. However, this update does not bring the latest security updates… And that’s a shame.


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