[Update]: We reached out to Realme India, but the officials refused to comment or provide a statement. With this, it may be possible that the new rules will apply globally.
Software update dates for Android devices have become an increasingly essential purchasing factor for many, across manufacturers. The Android software update situation is still not as good as it is on the Apple side of things. Today, realme has announced a change in plans for its software update policy, confirming that all new smartphones will now receive only two years of updates, in China. This is soon after when the company revealed its plans for realme UI 3.0, its Android 12 based custom skin.
Realme Smartphones Only Get Two Years of Maintenance Upgrades
According to realme China, the company will now only provide two years of maintenance upgrades in China for its devices, implying a two-year update cycle. Moving on, six-month-old smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer will receive monthly upgrades, while phones that are older than six months will be receiving bi-monthly updates.
- Smartphones launched within the last six months: will be updated once a month with, new features and optimizations.
- Phones arrived more than six months back: will receive updates bi-monthly, with the update featuring upgraded system security and stability.
- All smartphone models will have a maximum maintenance period of two years.
The company also adds that the software updates for the six-month-old handsets will mainly be focused on optimizations. Firmware updates for phones older than six months, on the other hand, will only include security patches and fixes, if any are available at the moment. Finally, changes to the realme UI will vary per device and the brand will be notifying users about any such update and its eligibility.
That said, going by this statement, realme is only most likely to only provide two Android updates in its native market. Will this be applicable to India? There’s no confirmation on that yet.