Qualcomm hasn’t updated its Snapdragon Insiders phone for 6 months. An error that should be fixed very soon.
The new fad of smartphone brands is to create a “community of fans” around their brand, to offer them some advantages such as an invitation to a press trip or some free products.
Qualcomm, best known for its chips like the Snapdragon 8+ gen 1, has decided to attack this new El Dorado from the other end, by offering fans hardcore of its chips (yes it does, it seems) a Snapdragon Insiders smartphone. This one is over-equipped and costs the modest sum of 1500 dollars.
The problem is that Qualcomm, which puts great emphasis on the quality of software monitoring of its smartphone chips, has apparently forgotten to update its own phone. It looks bad.
Nothing for 6 months
The last update was, hold on tight, March 2022, according to a user testimonial on Reddit, backed up by other hapless shoppers. In addition, this last update concerned the January 2022 security patch. If we do the accounts, the phone is therefore six months behind on its updates.
We are therefore far from the four years of regular security updates promised when the phone was released in apublished in July 2021.
We should also add that the phone does not yet have Android 12, where even entry-level smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy A13 are starting to receive the latest version of Google’s OS.
Some will doubtless refute that this is not a product intended for the general public, but for a few enthusiasts. It’s true, there are no industrial accidents. But coming from the most prominent chip designer in the high-end segment (absolutely all phones above 800 euros are equipped with Snapdragon), let’s say at least that it looks bad. Any traditional manufacturer would have been burned for such a practice on a device at this price.
As the point 9to5GoogleAsus is also to blame since the phone is one of their creation. XDA has also received a response from Qualcomm which promises a new update starting on June 20. The San Diego firm then expects an update every two or three months.
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