Samsung stops updating the Galaxy S8, four years after its release
The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, which were launched way back in April 2017, will no longer get new software updates. Four years after their launch, Samsung has quietly removed the two smartphones from its software update schedule. The two phones have been on a quarterly update schedule for the past year.
Samsung has finally pulled the plug on software updates for the Galaxy S8 series. The two smartphones were originally launched with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and they have received two major Android OS updates since then. The Android 8.0 update was released for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in February 2018 and the Android 9.0-based One UI update was released in February 2019.
We will continue to remember the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, which were Samsung’s first phones with thin bezels, a 10nm processor, Samsung DeX, and a USB Type-C port.
The Galaxy S8 Active and the Galaxy S8 Lite (a.k.a Galaxy S Light Luxury) are still listed in Samsung’s software update schedule. The Galaxy S8 Active was launched in August 2017, and it will continue to get quarterly updates. The Galaxy S8 Light Luxury is currently listed to receive biannual security updates.
The company used to release only two major Android OS updates, even for its flagship phones. However, a few months ago, Samsung announced that it will now release three major Android OS updates for its high-end smartphones (and tablets) and most of its mid-range smartphones. It also promised to support its phones for four years by releasing security updates.