Anyone who still has a Samsung Galaxy smartphone from last year may want to think about upgrading this year. This is due to the fact that a number of well-known smartphones, like the Galaxy S20, will be prevented from receiving the most recent version of Android.
Many of Samsung’s outdated smartphones only have a three-year warranty on operating system updates, which has since expired. It effectively means that millions of people won’t be given the opportunity to download and install One UI 6, the Korean company’s version of Android 14 when it launches toward the end of 2023.
It won’t come as a surprise to anyone, even though Samsung has always been explicit that it only provides a small number of Android updates, so it will be a significant blow to people who love to stay on top of the most recent and greatest advancements.
Do you want to find out if your phone is listed?
Here are all the devices for which Android 14 is not anticipated to be made available.
• Galaxy Z Flip (LTE/5G) • Galaxy Z Fold 2 • Galaxy A22 (LTE/5G) • Galaxy A32 (LTE/5G) • Galaxy A51 • Galaxy A71 • Galaxy Tab A8 • Galaxy Tab A7 Lite • Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2020) • Galaxy Tab S7 / Galaxy Tab S7+ • Galaxy Tab S7 / Galaxy Tab S7+ • Galaxy Note 10 Lite • Galaxy Note 20 / Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Although we don’t yet know all that will be included in Android 14, we do know that it will increase app efficiency and give users the ability to scale text up to 200%, which is a 70% improvement over Android 13.
Android 14 will prevent older programs from being loaded on smartphones, which is another significant shift. It is thought that this will lessen the propagation of deadly malware.
According to Google, “Malware frequently targets older API levels to get beyond security and privacy measures added in recent Android versions. Starting with Android 14, apps having a targetSdkVersion lower than 23 cannot be installed as a safeguard against this.
Fortunately, there won’t be much longer before further information is made public because Google plans to announce a lot more at its annual I/O 2023 conference on May 10 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.
If you believe you’ll want this update on your phone, here are all the devices that are expected to get it for free. Samsung will also add its own customizations via One UI 6.
Galaxy S23 Ultra, S23+, S23, Galaxy S22 Ultra, S22+, S22, Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21