Vivo has announced that it will offer three years of Android updates for its upcoming flagship X-series smartphones. With this, the brand is committed to providing operating system as well as security updates to select models launching after July 2021.
Currently, only Samsung and Google provide 3 years of Android updates to their smartphones. In a statement, Vivo’s CTO Yujian Shi said “We are making a promise to our customers that they will be able to enjoy a premium smartphone experience for an extended period and continue to benefit from the latest software features.”
Future Vivo X-series phones to receive 3 years of Android updates
It’s worth noting that older Vivo X-series phones will get regular security updates. The new software update policy will only cover future devices under the lineup and exclude the existing smartphones. This means that in India, the Vivo X21, X50 Pro, X50, X60, X60 Pro, and X60 Pro+ won’t be eligible for the extended software support.
Vivo said that X-series smartphones offer a premium experience and with software updates, users can continue to benefit from the latest features. The latest Android OS upgrade policy will cover smartphones in European, Australian and Indian markets.
Currently, two years of software updates is standard for most OEM’s. Vivo’s announcement on software policy will likely put pressure on OnePlus and OPPO that are also owned by BBK Electronics. It remains to be seen if the latter two brands will make an official announcement on the same, although OnePlus has been known to provide three years of software updates to its flagships.
Last December, Google in partnership with Qualcomm announced that smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC will receive four years of OS and security updates.