In the world of Android, no one does software updates better than Samsung. From releasing new security updates much earlier to providing OS upgrades up to four years later on many of its devices, Samsung makes a difference.
Soon, if a new European Commission proposal becomes law, all other manufacturers will be forced to improve their software updates to the same or similar level.
All Android OEMs could be forced to provide the software support that Samsung provides.
EU lawmakers have proposed that smartphones sold in European countries receive at least 3 years of operating system upgrades and 5 years of security updates.
Samsung already provides this support without being forced to do so, and it appears to have a significant advantage if the bill is passed and becomes law. The problem will be other manufacturers — mainly those from China — who will not have the resources to follow the new regulations.
Lawmakers also require manufacturers to support their devices with repair parts for at least five years. It should be noted that these new regulations are only proposals for now, and it remains to be seen if and when they will be passed into law.
If these proposals go into effect, it will take at least a year to pass, so nothing is going to change overnight.