Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will now receive security updates quarterly instead of monthly
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were launched back in March 2017 as the premier flagships from Samsung. At the time of their launch, these were some of the best devices you could buy in the market, with excellent performance across the board. But time is a cruel mistress, and what were once amazing flagships, are now older devices in an ever-expanding portfolio. Samsung’s usual update policy promises regular monthly security updates for flagships for three years since their launch, and quarterly updates after that point. Sadly, for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, these devices have now reached the threshold, and hence, will be moved to a quarterly release schedule.
Samsung is known to release two major Android OS updates for its flagships, in addition to the monthly security update releases for three years. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, launched with Android 7.0 Nougat, received Android Pie last year alongside OneUI. There’s no further indication that any other major software jumps are planned for the device, and that is fair enough. Owing to their age, the devices will now receive a single firmware update every three months which will bundle all the security patches from the preceding months.
Samsung has been very good when it comes to security patches, for its flagships at least, including the older ones. Newer flagships like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy S20, and Galaxy Note 10 have received their monthly update even before Google released the bulletin to the public and rolled out updates to Pixels, and this has happened for a few months now. Devices as old as the Samsung Galaxy S6 have also received security patches four years after their launch. The Galaxy S7 also received promised security updates for four years. So we can definitely acknowledge the work Samsung has been doing on this end. Meanwhile, if you do really want the latest Android update on your Galaxy S8, may we suggest some custom ROMs for this?