Android updates will change: 5 years for ALL
Android enthusiasts can stand up and cheer right now, because this supposed law could put an end to the lack of seriousness of Android updates, manufacturers and disparate versions. This would also remove the classes, since there would be no differentiation between high-end and low-end.
More life for Android phones: 5 and 3 years of updates
Currently a large part of Android mobiles are updating the operating system once or twice. System updates usually last a bit longer, ranging from 2 to 3 years.
Some manufacturers like Samsung or Google they stretch those numbers, but only on their more expensive devices. The raw of sales, medium and low end, does not benefit from these “extended updates”.
Now the EU wants ALL Android mobiles have 5 years of general updates and 3 years of system updates. General updates are those that fix problems or apply security patches. While OS updates are those that apply a new version of Android.
This would leave all mobiles in the same position against updates and would extend the life of many terminals. A device launched on Android 14 should upgrade to Android 17. Now, if it costs less than $500, I hope to upgrade to Android 15 around 8-9 months after the official launch.
Updates would be much faster
One of the most important points of the proposal concerns the the rapidity of these updates. The EU would force to implement these OS updates con 2 months maximum delay.
In other words, if Android 15 is released in September, your mobile, whatever it is, should update before November. At the moment, if it costs 200-300 euros, maybe with luck, I will update a year later.
This is undoubtedly the key to the proposal, since the fragmentation releases would end with updates that arrive on time and are not months delayed or never arrive. It would also give users the freedom to buy any model or brand without looking at how they update or share when offering support.
Unfortunately, this is a law that has been proposed and has not yet been approved, so we have to wait. The EU is becoming a great ally of technology users, as it compels companies to make positive changes that would otherwise not be made. What do you think?