Samsung Galaxy Note 8 security updates dropped from monthly to quarterly release schedule
Earlier this year in May, Samsung dropped the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to a quarterly security update schedule in order to accommodate newer devices in the monthly update schedule. Now, according to a recent SamMobile report, Samsung is doing the same for its other flagship from 2017 — the Galaxy Note 8.
The Galaxy Note 8 was launched back in August 2017 with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The device was then updated to Android 8.0 Oreo in 2018, and Samsung released the Android 9.0 Pie update with One UI for the device early last year in February. Since Samsung typically releases two major Android OS updates for its flagships, the Note 8 won’t be receiving any further Android OS upgrade. However, the company will still push security updates to the device for another year on a quarterly basis.
Samsung has a decent track record of releasing monthly software updates and security patches for its flagship devices. The company usually pushes monthly updates for the first three years of a device’s life cycle, followed by a year of quarterly updates. At times, the company even releases critical security patches for devices that are over four years old, like it recently did for the Galaxy S6. So we can expect Samsung to release critical security updates for the Galaxy Note 8 as late as 2021.
But while Samsung may not push an official build of One UI based on Android 10 to the Galaxy Note 8, you can always download an Android 10 custom ROM for the device on our forums. There are a variety of great options to choose from, including unofficial builds of LineageOS 17.1, Project Sakura, and Resurrection Remix.