Vivo has announced that it will offer major Android OS updates for three years for some of its smartphones – in the footsteps of HMD Global and Samsung. The Chinese company although has not revealed the models names, it has clarified that some models in its flagship X series will be eligible for three years of operating system updates. The company said in a press release, the new policy will cover the Australian, European and Indian markets.
Instead of promising updates for all of its recent and upcoming models, Vivo has said that launch after July, 2021 will have major Android OS and security updates for three years which will reach its flagship next-gen X series. This is similar to how HMD Global will last month has promised to offer three years of OS updates to its Nokia X phones.
Last year, Samsung also announced that it would be sowing three “generations” of Android operating system updates to its devices. However, the South Korean company, has a list of nearly 40 eligible devices under its commitment of three-year update.
Vivo has promised that its premium models of X-series that are not eligible for three years upgrades of Android OS will continue to receive regular updates for Android security.
“Equipped with high-end hardware, the flagship X Series phones are built to last – and we want to make sure our customers get support for software that meets their expectations,” said Yujian Shi, senior president – technical director and vice-president of Vivo, in the statement. “We always innovate with the user in mind. With this commitment, we promise our customers that they will be able to enjoy a premium experience of smartphone for a longer period of time and continue to benefit from the latest features of software.”
Vivo still has to provide details of its new X series phones. Recent rumors have suggested that the Vivo X70 Pro + could be one of the models to come. It appeared online with a battery of 4,500mAh and fast charging support of 66W. The smartphone was supposed to also have a sensor of 1 / 1.28-inch backed by Zeiss optics and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC.