Samsung makes some of the best Android smartphones when it comes down to premium hardware, but regarding software, Samsung still has a lot of work to do.
The One UI interface has been a first step towards a very good direction for Samsung, and starting with the Galaxy S10, Samsung promises to release monthly updates for flagship smartphones. In the mean time, older versions and middle entry devices will get updates every three months.
All Galaxy S10 smartphones will be updated every month, and the March update will arrive soon after the Galaxy S10 is available in stores. Considering that Google already released the security update for Google Pixel smartphones yesterday, it will be interesting to watch how long it takes until Samsung phones also get access to the package.
Samsung promised faster updates for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, but Android Pie arrived only in January of this year after the OS was released in the summer of 2018. Samsung will only update the security certificates, not the operating system. Still, considering lately releases, it appears that the situation is improved compared to previous years.
Meanwhile, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones have been moved to quarterly update schedule. This means that older phones will get an update every three months. The same updates cycle applies to the new Galaxy A70 smartphone, announced two weeks ago and the same cycle will most likely also apply to other Galaxy A smartphones.
The updates might be delayed for those who buy Galaxy smartphones from mobile operators because updates must be checked and approved by each operator before becoming available for download.