The Samsung Galaxy S6 continues to receive security updates almost 4 years after its release. A new proof of the effectiveness of Samsung's strategy and the interest for a manufacturer to develop its own SoC.
In a few days, Samsung will present its new range of smartphones, the Galaxy S10, S10 + and S10e. This symbolizes – to a few months – the fourth year of the Samsung Galaxy S6. And despite this advanced age, the phone continues to receive updates.
As reported by SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have received the security patch of January 2019. They are respectively firmwares G920FXXU6ESA1 and G925FXXU6ESA1, with Android 7.0 Nougat base.
Even if it is not the case here, Samsung promises to update its old terminals at least quarterly to correct the main security flaws that could be discovered. This is the case for example for the Galaxy A5 (2016).
Exynos vs third-party solution
One of Samsung's strengths is to develop its own SoC, the Exynos line. In this way, it is no longer dependent on a third party provider such as Qualcomm to offer its updates. If Qualcomm or MediaTek decides to stop the support of one of its chips, it usually sign the stop updates for all terminals that are equipped (except perhaps for Fairphone). However, Samsung manages the main components here and therefore does not need to wait for a driver update to evolve its system.
Apart from Samsung, only Huawei is currently developing its own large-scale chips on its Android smartphones, and of course Apple for iOS. This is nevertheless a point that many manufacturers would like to develop, such as Xiaomi with its Surge S1 and S2, or LG with its Nuclun.
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