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Samsung’s software update changelogs are so darn useless!

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Last updated: June 16th, 2022 at 23:34 UTC+02:00

No one can deny the fact that other than Apple, only Samsung does a proper job of keeping its mobile devices up-to-date. In fact, Samsung can even be considered the best in this field considering the number of devices it launches, even if the maximum number of OS upgrades its devices can currently receive is four.

Apart from the big Android OS and One UI upgrades, Samsung also releases monthly updates for many, many Galaxy phones and tablets, both to bring new security fixes regularly and, in the case of recently released devices like the Galaxy S22 series, stuff like bug fixes and stability improvements.

But while the big OS and One UI upgrades come with detailed changelogs telling you exactly all that has changed, the regular monthly updates come with changelogs that barely have any useful info. And while that’s not usually an issue, it becomes one when updates that don’t bump up the OS version are upwards of 1GB in size and Samsung basically tells you nothing of interest in the changelog.

That is at least the case outside South Korea and China. That’s two markets where Samsung, either due to pressure from the government or some other reason, gives you a detailed explanation of everything that’s fixed, improved, or added to the existing software experience.

1.5GB+ updates that only improve stability? Really?

In the rest of the world? Well, if you live outside Korea or China, you are probably aware of exactly what those changelogs tell you (the answer, usually, is nothing).

Take the June update for the Galaxy S22 series, for example. The Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra got updates that are upwards of 1.5GB in size in June, and all Samsung had to tell us about them is that they improve overall stability of functions.

Such huge download sizes are expected with major new OS updates, but Samsung’s released some pretty big monthly updates for the Galaxy S22 lineup, and each time we’ve barely been given any proper info on the changes.

In the case of the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra, Samsung is probably fixing the myriad of bugs that still continue to plague the experience for many users, but again, the point here is that Samsung does a miserable job of communicating what these updates include in most parts of the world.

Yes, regular customers don’t exactly care about what’s new in every new update, and many don’t even want regular updates, especially if big changes are included. But that doesn’t mean that those mysteriously short changelogs are a good idea.

I really hope Samsung does something about this going forward, because many of its fans want to know what new updates bring right in the update changelog instead of through community posts and the likes that you may or may never see.

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