Why do Samsung phones update slower than others?

Samsung smartphones are traditionally very popular among users because they are very good technically and have a nice design. They also removed flaws many people didn’t like in the operating system. All this makes people buy smartphones from the South Korean manufacturer. As a result, Samsung is considered one of the first smartphone manufacturers. There’s only one problem. These smartphones are not as smooth with updates as their users would like. Why does this happen and when will it end?

Samsung updates slower than the rest and there is an explanation
Samsung updates slower than the rest and there is an explanation


Why are Samsung updates so slow?

To answer this question, it’s worth understanding how a quick update happens. For the smartphone to update quickly in the background, two system sections are used. Having two system partitions means you can easily use one of them and this won’t affect how the second one works. As a result, updates are installed on the second section while you use your smartphone. Once the update is installed, you will be prompted to restart the smartphone. At this time, switching between sections takes place and the user receives an updated smartphone.

Samsung phones, even the latest models, are deprived of this and are updated like they were five years ago. Given Samsung’s promise to release more frequent updates, this approach is becoming very illogical. Instead of these updates taking place easily and naturally, each time you have to wait 10-20 minutes.

When updates are small, you can wait but in a larger update, the process can seem very tedious. 20 minutes – it doesn’t sound bad, but when it comes to putting your smartphone down for this time and just wait then you’ll think about whether you need this update. So far this is how Samsung release their updates and won’t change for the foreseeable future.


How to update your phone

To update the phone you just need to complete a couple of simple steps. Just go to your smartphone’s settings, open the “System” section, find the update and install it.

Automatic system updates are even more convenient as they happen in the background. To do this, enable automatic system update in the settings. To make it easier to find, you can use the search by settings.

After this update is installed automatically you will just need to restart your smartphone so the update works correctly. This is much easier than doing the whole process manually.

Why do I need to update my smartphone?

There are two types of updates for Android. The first is about security and these updates are easy to understand. There are also major system updates that bring new features and optimization.


Even this smartphone cannot update quickly
Even this smartphone cannot update quickly

It’s not only intermediate updates, but also new versions of Android. This is broken down into two types to allow users to receive security updates after the manufacturer has stopped issuing firmware updates and system functions. All manufacturers have different support periods and having device security as a separate update seems like a very useful feature.


How to update a Samsung phone

Years ago (there are many smartphones around 4-5 years old), updates on Android were delivered completely in manual mode. But since 2016, Google has tried to improve this process. To do this, they implemented “seamless updates.”

The process happened in the background and didn’t require anything from the user. You could even use your smartphone while the update was installing. All manufacturers eagerly picked up this idea – all but one. Samsung has chosen a different path.

Just restarting your smartphone is sometimes useful too
Just restarting your smartphone is sometimes useful too

Even new smartphones that cost a lot, such as the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy S20Ultra, are updated with this slow method. With this update, you actually lose the ability to use the device for 5-15 minutes and you need to wait for the update to install.

Even though this isn’t very long it’s still an annoyance. As a result, most people constantly postpone updates when they are relevant.

For example, a recent Samsung smartphone update, which was supposed to fix the camera, disabled the smartphone for several minutes. Agreed, it would be much more convenient if everything could be done automatically and so users would only need to spend no more than a couple of minutes to reboot the smartphone. Personally, I periodically restart my smartphone for preventive purposes, so I’m used to this.

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