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Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge to no longer get quarterly security updates

Samsung has changed the security update schedule for the Galaxy S7. The device is now on the list of Galaxy phones that receive “other regular security updates,” a move that comes just two months after Samsung shifted the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to a quarterly update schedule and stopped offering them monthly security updates. Now, the Galaxy S7 duo will only get security updates when an urgent security issue needs to be addressed.

Of course, regular readers of ours will know that Samsung had simply delayed the inevitable when it put the Galaxy S7 on quarterly updates earlier this year. The Korean giant provides monthly security patches to its flagships for three years after they first hit retail shelves and then moves them to the updates-only-when-necessary schedule, so the fact that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were promised quarterly updates in their fourth year had come as a pleasant surprise. Alas, while we had expected that to be a precursor for longer support for Galaxy flagships in general, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

However, it seems some mid-range devices will still reap the benefit of quarterly updates even in their fourth year. The Galaxy A5 (2016), to be precise – that device was the first that Samsung put on the quarterly schedule after it had completed three years on the market. The A5 (2016) is still going to get a security update every three months, although it’s possible it will join the Galaxy S7 at the bottom of Samsung’s software support ladder in the next couple of months.

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  • Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm
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redzuanaqw
redzuanaqw

I’m still stay with S7 and it working great. The camera is still better than mid range in 2019.
What the hell Samsung doing. They should give us atleast 3 major android upgrade like Oneplus do. Shame on you Samsung.
I want go to change to other brand, but I dont think they can give the best like Samsung smartphone do (except software update).

kfzhu1229
kfzhu1229

If you want Android pie and have Exynos variant of the S7, the updates on the Note FE are ported to the Galaxy S7. Pretty stable and just as feature rich as any device running OneUI, but RIP and switch to OnePlus if you want and care about security patches or you live in the states

Kelvin15179
Kelvin15179

Paying a lot for a flagship phone, this should be done further. Not to mention an update monthly, but at least quarterly or every four months. It is a shame that a giant has failed to do so.

MStuart
MStuart

I’ll keep using it until it falls apart anyway. Screw their planned obsolescence.

Vipauer
Vipauer

Shame you Samsung (Galaxy S7 user)!!!

siaho
siaho

What 4 years? The device was released 2016, March – this is 3 years and 3 months. Iphone 5s from 2013 is still FULLY supported and with the latest ios 12…

cardicek
cardicek

Be calm S8 will be similar in a few months 🙂 and no dog will bark after them

tgopi1976
tgopi1976

That’s the reason many are going to other brand mobiles. Samsung is treating flagship mobile and low end mobiles same. Very bad in s/w update policies Samsung NEED to change the policies

Celso09
Celso09

Samsung’s policies are excellent compared to the policies of companies such as Motorola and LG.

djcbs
djcbs

Then again the S7 was supposed to be on quarterly updates and yet it kept receiving the monthly updates on time and even before the S10 itself. So…

locarno
locarno

Bad news ):

“although it’s possible it will join the Galaxy S7 at the bottom of Samsung’s software support ladder in the next couple of months.”

lol. A5 2016 was released in 2015 December, while S7 in March 2016. So S7 should still be on quarterly list.

Celso09
Celso09

And the A5 2016 also remained with Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung Experience 8.0 while S7 is with Android 8.0.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0.

peshetoman
peshetoman

shame….