Realme Promises Android Software Updates to All Its Phones for 2 Years, Never Show Intrusive Ads

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Chinese smartphone brand Realme has been around for a little over a year now. The impact that the brand has on the Indian consumer, however, is significant. Within this short timespan, Realme has become one of the most popular smartphone brands in the country challenging established brands likes Xiaomi and Honor. Almost all of its budget devices have been well received by consumers and reviewers alike. What started off as OPPO’s small sub-brand is now a well-recognized brand in India. In an interesting twist, Realme recently officially entered the Chinese market by launching a new product called the Realme X. We were able to catch up with Realme CEO Madhav Sheth during the launch event and ask him a few questions about Realme’s plans for India. Here are some of the things Madhav Sheth revealed during the event

Realme devices to get Android updates for 2 years

At Google I/O 2019 most of us were surprised to see the humble Realme 3 Pro included in the list of handsets that will receive an official update to Android Q. Priority updates apart, Realme now also promises a 2-year update cycle for most of its devices. This means the Realme 3 Pro you purchased in 2019 will receive assured software updates till 2021. Madhav went on to add that they have also improved the UI and other elements of ColorOS and attributed several of those improvements to Google’s Project Treble. He also revealed that Realme values user feedback a lot and that they will continue to listen to what users want and eventually bring these features to their devices. For example, a recent update to ColorOS brought support for Dark Mode. Taking a dig at Xiaomi, Madhav also confirmed that Realme would never show ads on their devices.

Realme X India launch in June

Realme’e newest handset, the Realme X was announced just a few days ago. Realme is looking at launching this new handset in India after the second week of June. The company will also launch Special Edition Realme X devices in the country. However, these will come in different color options in India. The Onion and White Garlic color options, for example, will not be launched in India. The Realme X is a mid-range device from the company and features an AMOLED display and an in-display fingerprint reader. The handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset and gets a 48MP camera at the rear. Realme also plans to launch 5G capable flagship class handsets later this year in the country.

Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.