How to know if your mobile will no longer receive Android updates

Knowing if your mobiles continue to have update support is something important, especially with regard to Internet security, so we show you the aspects and indicators to consider to check it in the most reliable way

By now no one will doubt the fact that freedom on the Android platform is both its greatest virtue and its most important problem, because the ease with which it is possible to implement Android on different devices and modify it to suit your needs makes it also very complex to handle fragmentation and lack of updates in many of these devices from countless manufacturers.

They know it in a Google fully involved in reducing this gap, first with Project Treble and now with Mainline, but still with a long way to go so that smartphones still alive do not run out of update support prematurely ... And you, do you want to know how to detect whether or not your mobile will receive more Android updates?

How to know if my mobile will keep updating

Sometimes it is not easy to know if your mobile will continue to update, but we will try to help you

Well, they exist several indicators that we can consider as very reliable to detect if a smartphone continues to be supported by the manufacturer or has already been discontinued and its support abandoned, such as age and manufacturer of the same - most firms usually confirm their plans - or patch versions from Android.

It is not something easy a priori to detect it, but taking into account that multiple premises that agree usually lead us to good conclusions, we will try to help recognize if a smartphone is still alive in terms of support after sales and updates, as this it is essential to keep our internet security and be able to continue using our mobiles in peace.

Sometimes it is complex to know if a manufacturer has stopped supporting certain mobiles, but there are certain references and indicators that you should look at to see if your smartphones still support updates ... Let's see what they are!

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Mobile manufacturer and Android version installed

At this point the first thing you should look at who is the manufacturer of your mobile and what version of Android are you currently on, since most manufacturers usually anticipate your upgrade and support plans in their handset catalogs, usually forgetting the cheapest ranges in favor of the latest generation and performance mobiles.

If you search in Google with the keywords "Android updates (manufacturer)" you will surely find dozens of tickets with roadmap announced every year for new versions of Android, and this will tell you officially if your mobile still has the support.

Most brands usually offer up to two years of update support major and up to three years of security patches, although this is not an exact science and each firm updates according to their plans. Samsung, for example, does it monthly with its most performing devices from the last year, going to quarterly updates in the second year and so on until the terminal is discontinued.

The other part of the equation is look at the version of Android you use, since manufacturers are usually one iteration behind Google's betas and a good indicator of abandonment is having already stayed in previous versions how to do it this year on Android 9.0 Oreo. Also, remember that there are programs like Android One or Android Go that ensure direct support from Google, so if you have one of these terminals you should know that you have three years of official support.

Update on Android

The dates and levels of Android security patches, probably the most important indicator

The age of the phone, the range in the catalog and its price

Obviously the age of the terminal is probably a key factor, as you should know that most firms annually iterate their ranges gradually abandoning the previous high-end, on a wheel that does not stop turning and maintains the renewal period of a smartphone between one and two years as a rule.

If your mobile was presented this year, it will surely have support, especially if it is from a powerful manufacturer, but he will lose it as he turns years and it will surely be discontinued from the third anniversary.

This is accentuated with the ranges and prices of the devices, since the aforementioned applies to the noblest, leaving probably the most economical ranges already abandoned after one year of life, and the middle ranges from the second and no priority in updates in no case.

That is why I I always usually recommend a high-end mobile from previous years and not a mid-range of the current year, because the support will still be sure to be better for last year's high-end.

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Levels in Android security patches

Perhaps the most objective and visual way to check it is review the Android security patches of our terminal, since here many manufacturers sign commitments with Google or promise their users regular updates that will set the pace of device support.

We already know that the Mountain View giant publishes a monthly review of Android security patches, and usually the most cutting-edge smartphones are updated every month with this patch indicating it in the settings:

  1. Open the Setting and go to the menu System
  2. Look for the section About of the phone
  3. Check the level of Security Patch and its date

Have a level of security with recent date assures us that our mobile still receives periodic updates at least related to security, and this should leave us calm while browsing the Internet or using our services on mobile.

On the contrary, if the date on the security patch is very old, it is most likely that our manufacturer has already left us without support and we are exposed to vulnerabilities not corrected from the firmware of the device, something very dangerous in these times as you can imagine.

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Why is it so important to update our Android?

Obviously and in the last case, if you still have doubts, you can call on the customer service of your manufacturer, who usually have contact via email or social media channels where they are surely willing to confirm or not the update support of any smartphone.

And it is that without a doubt yes, it is very important to keep devices updated, especially an Android mobile that you will carry with you most of the day and will use often to consult important information, news on the Internet, check email or even more personal topics like keeping a photo gallery synced with the cloud or managing mobile payments and other banking operations.

Security is everything and Android updates not only incorporate new features and functionalities to the operating system along with the usual interface and graphics improvements, but also they also install vital security patches on a smartphone to prevent our personal data from being stolen or that someone could compromise our privacy online.

It is true that the most striking are the news of each iteration in Android, but these major updates are normally only done once a year, leaving for a monthly or quarterly operation the correction of errors and bugs, loading security patches and fluency improvements that are a classic in the updates via OTA that reach us periodically on smartphones.

If your manufacturer has abandoned you, we are sorry, but ideally you should look for a way to have a new smartphone for security, although sometimes the scene It offers you the possibility of updating with custom ROMs and very old mobile custom patches with even more than five years ... In that case, pay attention to forums like xda-developers!

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