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According to the leak, Samsung will adopt Google’s update strategy launched with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. If you buy a Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+, or Galaxy S24 Ultra, you’ll get updates for 7 years. Presumably, this means not just security updates but updates with new features and updates for the Android OS version.
This is a big deal for a few reasons. First, it’s a significant improvement over Samsung’s previous update timeline, which typically only saw devices get updates for 2-3 years. Second, it could set a precedent for other Android manufacturers, leading to a better overall update ecosystem for Android users.
The leak also mentions that Galaxy AI features will be free of charge on supported Galaxy devices until at least 2025. This means that Samsung may be looking to charge for some features in the future. And that would be a strange move, considering Google isn’t charging for any of theirs.
However, it’s unclear what specific features might require a Samsung account login. Privacy concerns could arise depending on the type of data accessed and how it’s used.
The potential monetization plans and account requirements raise questions that need further clarification. Hopefully, Samsung will provide more details before the official launch to address these concerns and ensure transparency about their vision for AI features.
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out and its impact on the Android landscape.