Thinking of getting a Vivo X-series phone this year? Vivo says that the upcoming Vivo X flaship phones will get three years of Android updates.
Extended Android updates are an important way to futureproof a smartphone, especially in a market where vendors are not necessarily obligated to support their devices for a certain amount of time. The previous standard has been 2 years of Android updates, so the change is nice.
“We are making a promise to our customers that they will be able to enjoy a premium smartphone experience for an extended period and continue to benefit from the latest software features,” said VIVO’s CTO and senior VP Yujian Shi.
Vivo’s move makes them a part of a select group of Android manufacturers that support smartphones for a longer time.
“The policy covers the European, Australian, and Indian markets. The premium X series models that are not eligible will continue to receive regular Android security updates,” added the company in the press release.
Google themselves have had the 3 years of Android updates policy for quite some time and Samsung joined them last year, promising a “three generation” update policy covering select Galaxy devices. Samsung will also offer another year of security updates, so Galaxy flagships will have a total of four years of software support.
With Vivo pledging to offer three years, competition like Oppo and OnePlus is expected to step up.
Is this a new era for Android, one in which devices have an Apple-like longevity? We certainly hope so and we look forward to seeing more manufacturers follow suit with not just Android OS updates but security ones as well.