Samsung says its enterprise smartphones will receive security updates for five years

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During its virtual event at MWC 2021 (opens in new tab), Samsung announced that several of its Galaxy Enterprise Edition business smartphones (opens in new tab) will now receive five years of security updates.

Back in 2019, the Korean mobile giant said that its Galaxy Enterprise Edition devices would receive four years of security updates (opens in new tab) but this guarantee has now been extended by one year. 

It's worth noting however that the window for these security updates begins with each device's release date as opposed to when they are purchased.

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Smartphones from Samsung's Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy S21 series and Galaxy Note20 series will now all receive an additional year of security updates along with the Galaxy XCover 5 (opens in new tab) and the company's Galaxy Tab Active3 (opens in new tab).

Other Galaxy Enterprise Edition devices meanwhile will receive four years of security updates as is also the case with the company's most recent Galaxy devices beginning in 2019.

While an extra year of updates is certainly a nice addition, keep in mind that these are security updates and not Android updates so a device will be patched to fix the latest vulnerabilities but it still might not receive Android 12 (opens in new tab).

At the moment, it is still unclear as to whether or not this extra year of security updates will remain exclusive to Galaxy Enterprise Edition devices or if other Samsung phones (opens in new tab) will get a similar treatment at a later date.

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.