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Amazon Fire TV devices will get at least four years of security updates

As more of the devices we use every day are connected to the internet, the more important it becomes to ensure they’re running up-to-date software that patches any known security vulnerabilities. Phone makers have gotten better over the past few years at letting you know how long the smartphone you purchase today will continue to […]

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Lilbits: Playdate dissected, PC shipments continue to rise, and Chromebooks lose support for MS Office Android apps

Chromebooks are basically just laptops that ship with Google’s Chrome OS rather than another operating system. But since Chrome OS was designed to put the web browser front and center, some folks have insisted that it’s not a real operating system – after all, it loses much of its functionality if you lose your internet connection. […]

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Samsung promises up to 5 years of security updates for Enterprise Edition phones

For years Android phones have lagged behind iPhones when it comes to OS updates. But recently we’ve seen a growing number of Android device makers commit to delivering major OS updates for at least 2-3 years and sometimes promise security updates for even longer. Earlier this year Samsung said it would deliver at least 4 […]

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Apple won’t force users to upgrade to iOS 15 to receive security updates

Apple has long pointed out that most iPhone users update to the latest version of iOS that their phones support shortly after a new version of the operating system is released. That’s… not at all the case for Android devices – according to StatCounter, only 15-percent were running Android 11 as of May. But one […]

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April update delivers GPU boost to Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G

Google’s Pixel smartphones come with a guaranteed two years of major Android operating system updates as well as three years of security updates, delivered monthly. But Google often sneaks a little something extra into those “security” updates including bug fixes and performance enhancements. The April update for the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G […]

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Samsung promises at least 4 years of security updates for Galaxy devices launched since 2019

Most Android device makers have a pretty lousy track record when it comes to offering long-term support for their gadgets. But that’s finally starting to change. One of the latest signs? The world’s top smartphone maker (in terms of shipments) has announced that it will deliver at least four years of security updates for all […]

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Android phones with Qualcomm chips could get up to 4 years of updates moving forward

Buy an Android phone from Google, Samsung, HMD (Nokia), or a handful of other companies and you should get OS and security updates for at least three years. But soon we may start to see phone makers promise four years of updates… and if we’re lucky, more device makers will hop on the update bandwagon […]

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HMD’s first Nokia phones will get three years of updates (an extra year)

When HMD revived the Nokia smartphone brand and started selling Android phones in 2017, the company promised to offer at least two years of major operating system and security updates. That was two years ago… which means that the clock should be running out. But now HMD says it’s adding another year of support, which […]