Android smartphones do not have a good reputation for software support; Chinese OEMs in particular do not hold good positions in software updates. But things are changing for good; First started with Samsung, now Vivo has committed to a three-year Android update, but there is a catch.
Vivo recently announced that its X-series flagship smartphone launched after July 21 will get a three-year OS and security update. However, this policy will be entertainment only for X-series smartphones launched in Europe, Australia and India. Also, smartphones covered under this policy will continue to receive security patches for three years.
In today’s announcement, Vivo is joining the likes of Samsung and Nokia in following Google’s latest OS updates in three years. Last year, Samsung announced its “Three Generation” OS policy, which applies to Android updates for some of its Galaxy smartphones. Meanwhile, HMD Global has pledged two years of OS updates and three years of security updates for Nokia smartphones. Even LG Mobiles, announcing the closure, announced a three-year Android update for its flagship smartphones.