Samsung adds new phones to its security update schedule – here’s the full list
Back in 2017, the Galaxy S8 represented a huge step forward in the evolution of Samsung’s flagship S line, removing the home button and waging war on the edges of the screen in the process. Four years later, the phone is still great-looking, but it’s unfortunately reached the end of the line when it comes to updates — Samsung has ended software support for both the S8 and S8+, as well as moving other older devices to less regular ones. Update cycle and add new phones to the schedule.
Last year, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ stopped receiving monthly security patches, only getting them every three months from that point on. It has now been removed from the list of fully supported devices. The S8 Active still receives quarterly updates and the S8 Lite will continue to get them twice a year for a little longer as it was released later than the regular models.
If you’re still using the Galaxy S8 as your primary phone, now is the time to upgrade to something else. Security updates are important in keeping you safe and secure from online threats, especially if you use the device for online shopping or banking.
This leaves the question of where to go next. Personally, I would go with Samsung ‘s latest Galaxy S21 range. S21 and S21+ are perfect upgrades for the S8. One UI 3.1 may have received a lot of new features and improvements compared to One UI 1.0 on the S8, but everything is right where it should be, and you’ll feel right at home. If you want something a little more bleed, the S21 Ultra is also a great choice. Taking everything cool about its smaller siblings and calling it up to eleven, it fixed most issues with last year’s model. These phones are frequently available at a discount as well, so it wouldn’t be too difficult to get a deal on an upgrade.
Above all, the S21 will be easier to live with for four years than it was the S8. Select Galaxy devices from 2019 onwards are now guaranteed four years of regular security updates, making them even better phones in the long run.
In addition to ending support for the S8, the update frequency for other phones and tablets has also been changed. Here is the full list:
End of support
- Galaxy S8/S8+
- Galaxy J7 Pop
Move from quarterly to semiannually
- Galaxy A2 Core
- Galaxy A10
- Galaxy A20
- Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
- Galaxy Tab A with S pen
- Galaxy Tab S5e
- Galaxy A82 5G
- Galaxy A22
- Galaxy A22 5G
- Galaxy M32
- Galaxy F22
Samsung ‘s latest budget phones have been added to the update schedule, including the Galaxy A22, Galaxy M32, and Galaxy F22.