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Poll: How many years of security patches should smartphone makers provide?
Update: July 14, 2022 (5:26 AM ET): Our poll has concluded, and we’ve published a full poll results article. Check it out over here.
Original article: July 6, 2022 (3:05 AM ET): Regular security patches are crucial to the long-term health of Android phones. Most Android OEMs develop their own versions of monthly security patches, and you can expect to receive them for a number of years.
For instance, Samsung promises five years of security updates for its flagships. Google also recently extended its security update promise for five years, starting with the Pixel 6 line. Others like OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, and more provide anywhere between three to four years of security patches depending on different categories of phones.
How many years of Android security updates should OEMs provide?
With people holding on to their phones for longer than before and the current economic slowdown resulting in fewer new purchases, we wanted to ask you about your security update preferences. How many years of security patches should OEMs provide? Take our poll above, and feel free to drop us a line in the comments section.