Firmware

Three-year-old Galaxy S7 will now get quarterly security updates

From now on, Samsung will update the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge with a new security patch every three months. Both devices were receiving monthly security updates up to this point, with the March 2019 security patch out for the S7 and S7 edge in some countries, and Samsung has now shifted them to the quarterly schedule.

Galaxy flagships to now get regular security updates for longer?

This is a positive development as far as long-term support for flagship devices is concerned. Samsung probably isn’t going to start pushing three major Android OS updates to flagships, although that would be great to see now that even budget Galaxies get two OS upgrades. However, the company is making an official commitment to push security updates regularly to the S7 and S7 edge even after their third year on the market. Before this, after the third year, flagship devices only received updates when strictly necessary.

In fact, Samsung has already extended this courtesy to a mid-range device: The Galaxy A5 (2016) was also moved to the quarterly schedule earlier this year after completing three years on the market. It remains to be seen how long any of these devices will remain in the quarterly schedule, although we’re guessing Samsung will keep it ongoing for at least the entirety of the fourth year.

galaxy s7 security update

24 Comments

Sign in »

24
Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

locarno
locarno

What about S6 series ?

RazorGamingHD
RazorGamingHD

S6’s development is dead, not even Oreo

locarno
locarno

S7 Active is still on the monthly list.

locarno
locarno

“will keep it ongoing for at least the entirety of the fourth year.”

Maybe after four year they still be releasing new updates when strictly necessary.

locarno
locarno

“that would be great to see now that even budget Galaxies get two OS upgrades.”

It is only one case. J7 2016, and nothing more.

kfzhu1229
kfzhu1229

Well my friend’s Canadian Galaxy S7 got OneUI full Note FE port just today so I don’t even care about this anymore…

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

S7 gets demoted to quarterly security updates while, OnePlus 3/3T is bound to get Pie and the original Pixel is bound to get Android Q and more OEMs are about to follow. Brilliant work Samsung! But you know what’s worse? People that play the devil’s advocates and they support their poor decisions like this one.

kaku85
kaku85

its better than the Unlocked Snapdragon S9+, zero updates forever

djcbs
djcbs

At least it won’t make them pass through the embarrassment of having the S7 with a security update TWO WEEKS before the S10 gets it. As it happened with mine.

It’ll also make it much less annoying to me, honestly. I hate these monthly updates =P

Ruzza96
Ruzza96

What is the main reason why they don’t give three major updates or more? It is about the fact that they don’t trust their products?

sadra99
sadra99

Is samsung going to release android pie for S7 edge or not???

KIA5566
KIA5566

Its not gonna happen because its already had 2 major update

kfzhu1229
kfzhu1229

If you count custom software, the exynos variant is already having the full OneUI experience with Android pie now… (while the snapdragon variant will never get it since source code is imported from Note FE, And Note FE has no snapdragon variant)

RazorGamingHD
RazorGamingHD

Why do they keep A6+ on Quarterly List since the device came out last year?

meganix
meganix

as owner of an A6 + side security updates I am disappointed not even a year after the release and the security updates receive them every three months … while A5 2017 that a few years ago receives them every month …! I can understand A8 2018 looks good on me .. but A5 2017 every month and A6 + every three months I don’t accept it

gp92
gp92

as I understand you, not to mention the 32bit system here it seems we are back in time a5 2017 owns the 64bit system and even s7 I do not understand why if the soc of our a6 + is a 64bit we must have a 32bit system … disappointed😭all smartphone makers using snapdragon 450 use the 64bit system, except us with a6 + I spend more to have less thanks Samsung😭

meganix
meganix

if I had been in the samsung I would not have called A6 + with this hardware but J9 + if they wanted to make a real and worthy heir of the A5 2017 they had to put different materials, type C, soc series 6xx and 1GB of RAM in more would have been the perfect cell phone … pity that samsung has ruined everything by putting an old soc, an old door, and materials not really suitable for the A series

gp92
gp92

only wish have a 64 bit system on our A6 +…Samsung do something you just have to put the files in lib64 and compile a 4.4 kernel do it for us all.😥I paid 360 euros in Italy with tim in September 2018😭

RazorGamingHD
RazorGamingHD

Yeah it’s kinda a mess a 2018 model with 32bit system Samsung must update their system to 64bit with 4.4 kernel

meganix
meganix

I hope they update it I bought it for € 249 without an operator and I didn’t think it was with a 32-bit system