Samsung has recently announced a significant change in its firmware support policy. The company has increased the firmware support period for some of its devices from two to three years, and it has gone a step further and committed to supporting certain devices with four major operating systems (OS) upgrades.
Samsung’s flagship S21 series (including the S21 FE) and all subsequent S-series flagships are eligible for four OS upgrades. This also applies to the Galaxy A33, Galaxy A53, Galaxy A73, and later models. This is great news for Samsung users who were concerned about their devices becoming obsolete too soon.
Popular Samsung smartphones will not get One UI 6.0 based on Android 14
However, if you’re wondering if your Galaxy phone or tablet will get the next Android 14 and One UI 6.0 update, there are some devices that won’t be eligible. These popular Galaxy phones and tablets will not receive the One UI 6.0 update and will be stuck with Android 13. Samsung has confirmed that Android 13 will be the last major OS update for the following devices. However, they will continue to receive security patches for a while longer.
If your device runs an operating system that is older than Android 13 and is not on the list of eligible devices, it will not receive the Android 14 upgrade either.
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The list of devices that will not receive the One UI 6.0 (Android 14) update includes the Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 10 Lite, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Flip (LTE/5G), Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy A22 (LTE/5G), Galaxy A32 (LTE/5G), Galaxy A51, Galaxy A71, Galaxy Tab A8, Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2020), and Galaxy Tab S7 / Galaxy Tab S7+.
Samsung has not confirmed when it will release its Android 14-based One UI 6.0 update. However, if we take the schedule for Android 13 is consideration, the next major OS upgrade should roll out for select Galaxy phones and tablets before the end of 2023.
Samsung devices that will not get OneUI 6.0 (Android 14) update
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy S20 FE
- Galaxy S20 / Galaxy S20+ / Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Galaxy Note 20 / Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy Z Flip (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Galaxy A22 (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy A32 (LTE/5G)
- Galaxy A51
- Galaxy A71
- Galaxy Tab A8
- Galaxy Tab A7 Lite
- Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2020)
- Galaxy Tab S7 / Galaxy Tab S7+
The latest Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra will likely be the first to receive Android 14 and One UI 6.0, followed by older S-series flagships and the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5. The upcoming foldable phones could ship with One UI 5.1.1.
Overall, Samsung’s decision to extend firmware support for some of its devices is a significant step towards ensuring its users can keep their devices for longer without having to worry about becoming obsolete too soon. Although some devices will not be eligible for the One UI 6.0 update, Samsung’s commitment to supporting its devices for longer periods is a welcome change. It will be interesting to see how Samsung continues to improve its firmware support policy in the future.
Software updates are very important for smartphones. These updates typically contain bug fixes, security patches, and new features that can improve the performance and functionality of the phone.
In addition, software updates often include optimizations that can improve the overall performance of the phone. This can result in faster app load times, smoother scrolling, and better battery efficiency.
Therefore, it is recommended to regularly check for and install software updates on your smartphone to ensure that you have the latest security patches and feature updates, and to maintain the optimal performance of your device.
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