Samsung is the first Android manufacturer promises four years of Android OS upgrades for its smartphones and tablets. It was a move that now inspires other manufacturers OnePlus announced a few weeks ago some of its upcoming devices will receive four Android OS updates and security patches over five years. And now OnePlus’ parent company Oppo is undertakes the same. Or is it?

Oppo has announced that its future flagships will receive four major operating system updates and five annual security updates. At first glance, it sounds almost identical to Samsung, but it’s not. While Samsung promises four years of Android OS updates, Oppo promises four years Color OS updates.

Color OS is the equivalent of Oppo’s Samsung One UI overlay and receives updates regardless of the Android version underneath. With the new update policy, future flagship Oppo phones will receive four Color OS version updates, and this is where the problem lies.

Oppo may not promise what people think

In fact, Oppo makes no commitment when it comes to updating the Android version. It only says it will provide four updates to its custom firmware.

Now, Oppo’s existing policy guarantees three Android version updates, so the new policy could mean that its devices will receive at least three Android version updates in addition to the new versions of Color OS. But whatever, it seems Samsung is the leader in updates will continue to remain unparalleled.

It’s not just the fact that there aren’t four Android OS updates promised by Oppo here. Oppo — and even OnePlus — doesn’t intend to apply its new policy to any devices it already sells. On the other hand, Samsung has said that it will extend support for four Android OS upgrades to some existing Galaxy devices launching in 2021. In addition, Samsung’s policy applies to both mid-range and flagship devices.

Samsung’s update policy is still undefeated

To summarize, Galaxy phone and tablet owners and Samsung fans can rest assured that they are getting the best aftermarket software support. While manufacturers like OnePlus and Oppo are moving in the right direction by taking inspiration from Samsung, they aren’t imitating the Korean giant as much as their customers would hope, and Galaxy devices are still the best choice for those who care about updates.

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