Gone but not forgotten: the original Galaxy Fold gets Android 12!

Gone but not forgotten: the original Galaxy Fold gets Android 12!
Samsung’s original Galaxy Fold was a mix between excitement, optimism, and disappointment. The company’s first-ever mass-produced foldable phone had a rough start, was delayed by a few months, and then launched silently. It had a lot of drawbacks, but there’s good news at the end there — Samsung learned from all the issues the original Galaxy Fold had and made a much, much better Galaxy Z Fold 2, and later knocked it out of the park with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is a super solid phone.

Needless to say — the OG Galaxy Fold quickly disappeared from official websites and is kind of treated as legacy hardware. However, it seems that Samsung is still committed to properly serving any customers that did end up buying the first Fold.

Starting today, the 2-year-old foldable flagship is getting the latest Android 12 with OneUI 4.0, which is pretty cool. Samsung used to have a bad rep for slow or no updates at all. However, over the past couple of years, the company has promised to be more committed and effective when it comes to pushing out the latest Android builds to its top-tier (and even not-so-top-tier) devices.

Now, yes, Android 12 was officially released in October of this year, which means there was still a 2-month wait time. It is worth noting that newer phones were prioritized and the Galaxy S21 series, S20 series, Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, as well as the Z Flip and Z Flip 5G already got their updates.

There’s a ton of stuff that needs to happen for a non-Google phone to get the latest Android update. Software needs to be tested against multiple hardware configurations, in the case of Samsung — OneUI needs to be optimized, carriers also need to greenlight the update. It’s a pretty heavy process and we dare say that 2 months is an impressive achievement. If Samsung keeps this up, all these “can’t wait to test the Android update in two years” memes might finally die off.

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