SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission.

Notifications
    News for you

    OnePlus just lost to Samsung at its own Android OS support game

    Opinion
    By 

    Last updated: November 11th, 2020 at 19:40 UTC+01:00

    There are countless Samsung fans who give the company a hard time for various reasons, from its proprietary software to the choice of chipsets. It’s only natural for fans to want their brand of choice to perform better, and indeed, there are lots of areas upon which Samsung could improve. But the area of Android OS updates isn’t quite one of them. For the past few years Samsung has been working on making its software experience more pleasant with the release of One UI, all the while improving support with timely firmware updates. And now, Samsung is officially better than OnePlus at keeping its phones up to date.

    Many Android smartphone users, especially OnePlus fans, might already be preparing for a counter-attack in the comment section, but hear me out before you ready your pitchforks. OnePlus made a name for itself by offering great hardware for the price and by supporting its phones with more Android OS updates than any other OEM. It became the undisputed king in terms of support for Android OS, but oddly enough, the company has decided to take the exact opposite approach with the launch of the non-flagship OnePlus Nord N10 and N100.

    These two OnePlus phones are guaranteed to receive only one major Android OS update and support will cease after Android 11. What’s worse is that this OS version is already out for Google’s smartphone lineup and it should reach third-party phones before the end of the year or shortly after. In a sense, the lack of software support suggests that OnePlus is not as dedicated to the Nord series as fans would’ve liked and it may be using the new duo of smartphones as a gateway to its more expensive solutions.

    Samsung is beating OnePlus at its own game

    While OnePlus is lowering its ambitions regarding Android OS support – at least for the non-flagship segment – Samsung is doing the opposite. The Korean tech giant confirmed at Galaxy Unpacked that it is now committed to offering three years of Android OS updates, and this statement applies to more than just its premium devices.

    Samsung is now guaranteeing three Android OS updates for a variety of phones, the most affordable of which is the mid-range Galaxy A51. The Galaxy A51 was released nearly a year ago running Android 10 and it will take advantage of Android 13 at end-of-life. Obviously, the same can’t be said for the OnePlus Nord series, even though it will co-exist with the Galaxy A51 on the market.

    Ultimately, we’re not arguing that the Galaxy A51 is a better or worse phone than the OnePlus Nord lineup. There are a lot more variables that come into play when determining that, but as far as support for Android OS updates is concerned, Samsung has undeniably taken the charge and is now leading the pack, especially in the mid-range segment.

    This should all work in Samsung's favor especially in markets such as India where the OnePlus brand has been enjoying a lot of success and has caused difficulties for the Korean tech giant.

    FirmwareOpinionPhone Android 11Galaxy A51

    You might also like

    Reminder: Samsung’s 2020 smartphones won’t get Android 14

    Reminder: Samsung’s 2020 smartphones won’t get Android 14

    Samsung was providing the longest software support in the Android landscape until Google decided to leave everyone in the dust by promising seven years of OS and feature updates. Samsung announced in 2020 that it will start providing three major Android OS upgrades to flagships and some mid-range devices, following a decade of offering only […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 6 months ago
    Samsung rolls out One UI 5.1.1 update to the Galaxy A51

    Samsung rolls out One UI 5.1.1 update to the Galaxy A51

    The Galaxy A50 was a tough act to follow considering how its price-to-specs ratio was pushing the limits to levels Samsung wasn't used to at the time, but the Korean giant still managed to bring quite a few meaningful upgrades with the Galaxy A51. The Galaxy A51 was among the first Samsung phones to launch […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 7 months ago
    Carrier-locked Galaxy A51, A51 5G get June 2023 security update in the US

    Carrier-locked Galaxy A51, A51 5G get June 2023 security update in the US

    Three weeks ago, Samsung released the June 2023 security update to the Galaxy A51 and the Galaxy A51 5G. However, back then, the update was limited to the global versions of these phones. Now, the US variants of the Galaxy A51 and the Galaxy A51 5G have started getting the new security update. The latest […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 10 months ago
    Galaxy A51, A51 5G, A52 begin receiving June 2023 security update

    Galaxy A51, A51 5G, A52 begin receiving June 2023 security update

    Samsung has been rolling out the June 2023 security update to its phones and tablets over the past three weeks. The latest phones getting the new security update are the Galaxy A51, Galaxy A51 5G, and Galaxy A52. Galaxy A51, A51 5G, A52 June 2023 security update: What's new? The latest software update for the […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 11 months ago
    As Samsung fans wait for Android 14, Android 11 continues to rule the market

    As Samsung fans wait for Android 14, Android 11 continues to rule the market

    Android 14 is the next major update coming to Google's mobile operating system, and some manufacturers have already released Android 14 in beta form for their customers. Samsung fans, including everyone here at SamMobile, are looking forward to Android 14 as well. By the end of 2023 Samsung will likely have released Android 14 worldwide […]

    • By Abhijeet Mishra
    • 11 months ago
    Galaxy A51, Samsung’s best-selling phone in Q1 2020, got a new update

    Galaxy A51, Samsung’s best-selling phone in Q1 2020, got a new update

    In May 2020, the Galaxy A51 was the best-selling Android smartphone, beating the Galaxy S20 series and even cheaper devices like the Galaxy A10s and A20s. In only one quarter, Samsung sold more than 6 million Galaxy A51 units, and the phone covered an Android phone market share of 2.3%. Needless to say, the Galaxy […]

    • By Mihai Matei
    • 12 months ago