As per the announcement by Realme China, the company would now only offer two years of maintenance upgrades for its devices in China, meaning a two-year update cycle. Going forward, six-month-old Chinese company Realme manufactured handsets will receive monthly updates, while phones older than six months will receive bi-monthly updates.
Realme, established in China, is the fastest-growing smartphone brand to date.
The company is also recognized for releasing many phones on a regular basis.
This has certainly harmed the company’s software update program.
The software updates for the six-month-old handsets will be focused on optimizations. On the other hand, the firmware builds for more than six-month-old phones will bring security patches and fixes if any.
Smartphones released in the last six months will receive monthly updates with new features and optimizations.
Phones were released more than six months ago: they will receive bi-monthly updates, with the changes focusing on improved system security and stability.
All smartphone devices will have the highest total maintenance period.
Finally, upgrades to the realme UI (Android) will differ from device to device.
When the latest version of its Android skin is out, the company will notify consumers about their eligibility.
However, based on this statement, Realme is most likely to give only two Android updates in its home market.
This is only news for China; there is no word on when realme would give this service in India or other areas of the world.
It is worth mentioning that Xiaomi, realme’s main competitor in regions such as India told that it will provide three years of Android updates, it is reasonable to think that realme will do the same in India and the international market after China. Xiaomi has now begun offering three Android updates and four years of security patches for mid-range smartphones such as the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G.
At the realme UI 3.0 launch event later this month, we hope that realme should declare a similar software policy for international markets because 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.