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Is this why the frequency of Samsung’s security updates has gone up recently?

In the last couple of months, Samsung has been doing better at releasing regular security updates for many of its devices, especially flagship phones. And part of the reason for that might be Google’s stricter contract with manufacturers. Google now mandates regular updates for devices that have been activated by more than 100,000 users (referred to as popular devices henceforth).

Google’s rules for security updates got stricter in 2018

Google had revealed earlier this year that it would be making new agreements with its partners to ensure that they roll out regular updates. Google hadn’t revealed terms of those agreements publicly, but The Verge has been able to access confidential information that sheds some light on the matter. Apparently, any device launched after January 2018 has to get regular security patches. As long as the device has more 100,000 users, it must receive regular security updates for a period of two years. And for Samsung, that’s a lot of devices

Monthly updates aren’t necessary, but every popular device must be updated with security fixes at least four times in a year. That means that every eligible device has to be protected against “vulnerabilities identified more than 90 days ago.” This rule has apparently been applied to 75 percent of each manufacturer’s popular devices in July this year. Starting January 2019, the rule will expand to cover 100 percent of popular devices in a manufacturer’s lineup.

Samsung seems to have started following the law already

And if you look at the recent uptick in how frequently Samsung updates its devices, things did start getting better around August. That suggests Samsung is already following the law for 75 percent of popular devices. That may be why 2017 flagships and budget devices have also been getting more frequent updates recently. Samsung’s flagship phones have benefited in particular, which many of you may have noticed.

However, things still aren’t great in all countries. While Samsung has been releasing monthly updates for flagships in recent months, it’s not happening everywhere. But if Google’s new contract is indeed the reason for the increased frequency of security updates, we can expect to see Samsung updating every popular device once at least every three months. The company already does that for plenty of smartphones, but starting January 2019, the update scene for Galaxy devices should get even better.

Too bad none of this extends to major OS upgrades.

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ajayreddy1611
ajayreddy1611

Today i got the October Security Patch for galaxy S8 Plus in India.
Apart from Security Updates it contains Update to the AR Emoji and Super Slow Motion Features.

gio1213
gio1213

where can i download post wallpapre?

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

Without offense you must be kidding right? There are regions in the world that the Oreo update isn’t rolled out yet on devices that have got the update since months and because of that the security updates have gone back aswell. I refuse to agree to the statement that Samsung is doing a better job at updates when it has so many “buts” in the sentence. They may look like they do (and that’s the point they are trying to do on the market) but sorry me and many more on this site and around the world are not falling… Read more »

samsungfan99
samsungfan99

I had two updates in the same month on my S7, last time this happened was a year ago.

bayfisher
bayfisher

They haven’t increased, they have decreased, After the initial first update. Yes 2/3 of the planet do ALL unlocked,but north america the following month. Note 8 and note 9. AND the so called camera update has not been sent to others that got the october patch.

Inspire999
Inspire999

I have a note 8 from Europe, there is an annoying update every month. sometimes more. I had 9 in the last 8 month

SteveTud
SteveTud

Note 9 still on Sept. here. Please don’t try and make me laugh !

j0jun
j0jun

My Note 9 received the October Security update today, already finished OTA downloading. I’m from philippines.

martindale
martindale

It should be that any model having >100,000 devices still in use gets the updates, never mind the 24 month limit. Manufacturers should give us a reason – beyond scheduled obsolescence – to want to upgrade.

sanefc
sanefc

I have an S9 Argentinian retail version (G9600ZHU1ARBG) still on February 1st security patch. It’s just so annoying. Even my S6 updated every month. Does anyone know if Samsung is planning on updating this version at any point or is it going to be like this forever?

gbiriotti
gbiriotti

I’m in the same situation with an S9 plus (SM-G9650) of origin TPA (Panama) but activated in Argentina (CSC ARO). The firmware has version number PDA G9650ZHU1ARBG and CSC G9650OWO1ARBG.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Interesting. For me, ever since Note8 and now with Note9 I’ve always had the updates during the month that it’s been released. I’ve never missed out. Release date varies though, the best has been just one day into the month and the worst 17 days into the month. Anything that requires additional updates, for example the camera update in September can mean it’s later in the month, though it was even better that month as I got the September update by September 5th and about 10 days later, another September update including the camera updates. I have no complaints though… Read more »

Inspire999
Inspire999

yes the updates are plenty, even with my Austrian version. I don’t want the updates. and I don’t need them. its too much. After each update I also have to update most of my apps. its annoying

preime101
preime101

Samsung really need to do themselves a favour and drastically streamline their variants for each device. Having to update hundreds and hundreds of different firmware releases for each phone must cost them a fortune.

Khlad
Khlad

It’s about market strategy, Apple uses a standardized strategy, while Samsung goes for a differentation strategy, both have weakness and strengths.

Hcmnoy
Hcmnoy

A5 2016 become october security patch in Germany

locarno
locarno

POland too. Old device, but have more actual security patch than s7 edge.

Inspire999
Inspire999

my Austrian S7 edge gets an update every month. its very annoying

PJaya
PJaya

Yeah, always A5, A7 quartely update

Celso09
Celso09

In global policy, the A5 receives patches monthly.