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Samsung confirms Galaxy Watch 4 will see updates for years to come

Future Galaxy Watches will also see extensive software support.

Published onFebruary 10, 2022

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic on a table.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority
  • Samsung has announced new software update commitments for its smartwatches.
  • The Galaxy Watch 4 series and future smartwatches will receive four years of One UI Watch and Wear OS updates.

Alongside the Galaxy S22 series and Galaxy Tab S8 announcements, Samsung confirmed that several devices are eligible for five years of security updates. Now, the company has assured that its smartwatches will also receive extensive software support.

Samsung confirmed in a blog post that the Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, and “upcoming” Galaxy Watches would receive “up to four years” of One UI Watch and Wear OS updates. This means Samsung should support its current crop of flagship smartwatches through 2026.

Our verdict: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 review

On top of the Galaxy Watch 4’s proven hardware and lower price versus its predecessor, Samsung’s new software commitment makes it an even better proposition. Users can also expect regular patches and improvements if the company’s support for its smartwatches is anything like its top-level phones. So far, Samsung has brought some welcome additions to its smartwatches in several update rounds.

Worryingly, for non-Samsung users, the announcement seems to be independent of Google. It remains unclear what Google’s support plans are for Wear OS 3, especially as Fossil and Mobvoi adopt the refreshed platform later this year.

Are you running another Samsung device and unsure how long the company will support your device? We round up the company’s entire Android updates program at the link.

What do you think of Samsung extending its update commitment to its smartwatch line? Is the four-year spell too brief, or just right? Let us know in the comments below.

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