The last achievement of the boys from XDA Developers has brought us back to the nostalgia of the past. While some manufacturers claim hardware problems to bring the latest version of the operating systems to mobiles launched last year, the developers of the well-known website have managed to bring Android 10 to mobiles launched almost a decade ago.
Nowadays almost all smartphones that are worthy of having a competent support service behind their backs have secured two operating system updates. The most recent (and confusing) example is the Samsung Galaxy S8, launched almost 3 years ago to the market with Android 7.0 Nougat and has already received Android 8.0 Oreo and Android 9 Pie. The support center claimed in its day that it would receive Android 10 but it is something that seems more a mistake of a brand worker.
Mid-range phones and low-cost phones often receive only one year of support and in the case of some cheap phones, they do not receive any kind of update as manufacturers of this type of device have no incentive to implement Android updates for these phones.
Samsung Galaxy S2 and Note 3 with Android 10
Developer communities help users make their phones enjoy a much longer life than initially raised by manufacturers. They manage to bring Android updates and customization layers that make them work better and more efficiently long after the brand has finished all support.
Now, these developers have been able to bring a version as current as Android 10 to mobiles that have been on the market for almost 10 years. The example we have today is the creation of a custom ROM of LineageOS 17.1 based on the latest Google operating system for the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, launched in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
These days we have attended the complaints of thousands of users that brands like Huawei are not going to take Android 10, via EMUI 10, to smartphones available less than a year ago as are the members of the Y range. The firm alleges hardware problems of these computers, which is, on paper, should run Android 10 fluently.