Samsung adds new phones to its security update program – here’s the full list

In 2017, the Galaxy S8 represented a big step in the evolution of Samsung’s flagship S line, removing the home button and igniting the war on display bezels in the process. Four years later, it’s still a good-looking phone, but sadly it has reached the end of the line when it comes to updates: Samsung has discontinued software support for both the S8 and S8 +, as well as moving other older devices to a less regular device update cycle and adding new phones to the schedule.

Last year, the Galaxy S8 and S8 + stopped receiving monthly security patches, only getting quarterly thereafter. They have now been removed entirely from the list of supported devices. The S8 Active is still receiving quarterly updates and the S8 Lite will continue to receive them every two years for a bit longer as they were released later than the regular models.

If you’re still using the Galaxy S8 as your primary phone, now would be the time to move on to something else. Security updates are critical to keeping you safe from online threats, especially if you use your device for online shopping or banking.

This leaves the question of where to go next. Personally, I would choose Samsung’s latest Galaxy S21 range. The S21 and S21 + are perfect upgrades of the S8. One UI 3.1 may have received a lot of new features and refinements over One UI 1.0 on the S8, but everything is where it should be and you’ll feel right at home. If you want something more cutting edge, the S21 Ultra is also a great choice. Taking everything big of the little brothers and dialing the number up to eleven, solving most of the problems encountered on last year’s model. These phones are often also available at a discounted price, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a deal on the upgrade.

Most importantly, it will be easier to live with an S21 for four years than the S8. Selected Galaxy devices from 2019 onwards are now warranted for four years regular security updates, making them better phones in the long run.

In addition to ending support for the S8, other phones and tablets have also changed their refresh rate. Here is the full list:

End of support

  • Galaxy S8 / S8 +
  • Galaxy J7 Pop

Switched from quarterly to half-yearly

  • Galaxy A2 Core
  • Galaxy A10
  • Galaxy A20
  • Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
  • Galaxy Tab A with S Pen
  • Galaxy Tab S5e

New to quarterly

  • Galaxy A82 5G
  • Galaxy A22
  • Galaxy A22 5G
  • Galaxy M32
  • Galaxy F22

New devices

Samsung’s latest budget phones have been added to the update schedule, including Galaxy A22, Galaxy M32, and Galaxy F22.

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