Samsung updated its budget phones with Android 12, while OnePlus’s flagship phones are still waiting

Software updates are very crucial for every smartphone as they protect your devices from bugs and viruses. Users also want their devices to be bug-free and every OEM to ensure that their product is up to date at least from the software side.


When it comes to Android software updates Samsung is one step ahead of every other smartphone brand, be it monthly security patches or annual major upgrades. FYI,  a major upgrade to a new version of Android is usually done once a year. The more common type of update is the security patch, which is distributed monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly.

Well, that’s not the point of discussion, our motive is how Samsung has updated its budget phones with Android 12, while the flagship phones from OnePlus are still waiting. Let’s first understand about software update policy for both smartphone brands.

Samsung Software Update Policy

As said before, the Korean tech giant Samsung is one step forward in terms of software update policy. To set its empire around the globe the company made certain changes in its software updates at the start of this year. Samsung promises to provide the latest and safest mobile experience by offering up to four generations of One UI and five Android security patches on select Galaxy devices.

By applying this plan, Samsung will continue to improve security, productivity, and productivity as long as millions of Galaxy users own their devices. For your further information, this degradation plan is applicable for Galaxy S series, Z series, and A series phones and tablets.

As the Korean firm expands this effort to a wider range of products in the Galaxy ecosystem from ultra flagship to midrange devices. Samsung places a high priority on providing Galaxy users with the most up-to-date mobile experience as long as the hardware features for the upgrade and the experience are optimized.

One UI 4.1 Samsung Keyboard

OnePlus Software Update Policy

Talking about the OnePlus it offers software updates to its flagship smartphones up to three major Android upgrades and four years of patches. And for its mid-range Nord-series, it offers two upgrades and a three-year patch similarly the affordable Nord N models get an upgrade and two years of patches.

OnePlus categorizes its software support based on the class of the device in hand. For instance, the OnePlus flagship phones such as the OnePlus 8 series, OnePlus 9 series and OnePlus 10 Pro get security updates for three years and four years.

And for the OnePlus10 Pro, which launched with Android 12, this means we will see Android 13, Android 14, and Android 15. While the older and affordable phones don’t have a three-year upgrade and patch warranty.

What are the reasons?

For users who don’t know, it is quite typical for OnePlus to get a major Android upgrade as it has to pass multiple beta tests. Then the device is ready to receive stable OS updates after qualifying for every beta test. And the process takes so long that OnePlus flagship phones have to wait for the update.

On the other hand, beta testing also applies to Samsung but this beta testing is completed in a limited time period, which is why after full testing flagship devices reached this update first, then other budget and affordable smartphones. After understanding all these details for both the smartphone brands we can conclude that why Samsung is the first in software update support.