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No more security updates for the 2016 Galaxy A3, Galaxy J1, and Galaxy J3

Barring Google’s own hardware devices, software updates continue to remain as the biggest drawback of the Android ecosystem. Slow updates and shorter support period have become synonymous with Android devices, particularly the mid-range and budget offerings. Even within the Android ecosystem, the experience varies vastly from one OEM to another in this aspect.

Although far from satisfactory, Samsung has a better track record than most other OEMs in updating its devices. Within Samsung, again, not all devices receive the same level of support. Samsung’s flagship smartphones may get around three years of Android updates, security updates at least, but the company’s budget and mid-range options usually hover around two years of support. Samsung seems to be sticking to this strategy for its 2016 models if we go by the new information on its website.

Monthly security updates to the Galaxy A8 (2018)

Samsung quietly updated the Android security updates page, adding and removing devices from the security updates list. As spotted by Android Police, Samsung has removed the 2016 variants of the Galaxy A3, Galaxy J1, and Galaxy J3 from the security updates page, signaling the end of support for these devices.  The changes may be on expected lines but are still disappointing nonetheless.

Samsung has also added four new devices to the Android security updates page: Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy J2 (2018), and Galaxy Tab Active2. Of these, only the Galaxy A8 (2018) is placed under the monthly update list with the rest filed under the quarterly list.

Recently, Samsung has launched the Galaxy A8 Enterprise Edition promising three years of monthly security updates. The puzzling placement of the Galaxy A8 (2018) in the monthly update schedule, while the Galaxy A8+ is slotted for quarterly updates, is probably driven by that announcement. This only goes on to show the kind of inconsistency plaguing the entire Android ecosystem.

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placid1907
placid1907

A3 2017 A320F Ağustos güvenlik güncellemesinde nisan ayındayız ama halen gelmedi türkiyeye neden böle geç geliyor arayüz uygulamalar güncellenmiyor sırf bu yüzden 🙁 samsung firmasının bir an önce türkiyeye bu güncelleme desteğini vermesi gerekir çünkü bu günceleme yüzünden bir çok kullanıcı rahatsız bu konudan 🙁

ForanFigo
ForanFigo

I got the security patch just for February at a5 2016 but the stream of firmware is not on your site to download. Do you know when it will be on the site?

CANAL DROID ANONYMOUS PH2G
CANAL DROID ANONYMOUS PH2G

the galaxy j1 6 (SM-J120H) will receive the Android 6.0 that neither the j1 of the Canada

faysalhasan
faysalhasan

What’s About J2 2016 (SM-J210F)?

PJaya
PJaya

Confuse, until now A5 (A5x0x now is A8) also get most update, A7 (A7x0x now is A8+) will left behind, this trend already start since first generation A.
More expensive phone need more time to wait an update.
On my country, A310F stuck 6.0.1, A510FD in Feb 18 patch (if not wrong, sammobile show patch level N/A), and A710FD stuck on Aug 17 patch.

tisazalay
tisazalay

They stopped patching the S5 over a year ago (SM-G900H, exynos), without a word. Not even patched the bluetooth vulnerability.

ASH8
ASH8

My S5 SM-G900i got patched recently (Australia) with Security Update 1st August 2017 and has the Bluebourne fix. But yes the end of the line for the S5 (Vodafone were still selling them NEW here to late 2017). I see the S5 Mini (800F) s still receiving updates this week, but again security patch is August 1st 2017. Still love my lightweight S5 works without any problems, can flash with Oreo if I want to and easily renew the Battery, to me ANY new phone S8 and S9 is just not worth $1000 + dollars, what exactly for?

Elyssa Mae
Elyssa Mae

Meanwhile, my J7 Prime is still stuck on Marshmallow with June 2017 security patch. I feel like my phone is very vulnerable to attacks and I think Samsung is planning obsolescence to this kind of phone.

Dom1n8tr1x
Dom1n8tr1x

Seems like my Note8 also stopped receiving updates. Still stuck on the November 2017 patch…

sanayp
sanayp

Why is the j2 2016 still on the quarterly list? And not j3 2016 😂😂

Kathan Gandhi
Kathan Gandhi

They should include A8+ 2018 in monthly update list..
It is totally Unfair. 😠

Anthony17
Anthony17

I own a Note 5 international version and is on the February SP. I’m from Panama, latin america.

Andrei603
Andrei603

I have the Galaxy S6 International, with CSC:DBT, abd i got February SP too, i think i got it last week. 😉

C F
C F

Wish theyd give their exynos variants more love, while im on that subject what happen to their upcycle iniative

zlatan09
zlatan09

It’s better to say no Oreo and security updates for S8/Note 8.

supra22x
supra22x

My Galaxy s8 is still on December security theres been no update in UK and no sign of Oreo coming either, when Android 9 is close, bought this phone on day it came out, its a flagship phone that receives very little support, probably be my last Samsung phone, will see what Apple do with the next iPhone

Mmd20
Mmd20

Samsung has forgotten the note 8while all brands have upgraded their flagship phones to Android 8. However, there is no news of the upgrade of Net 8.!!

mario9295
mario9295

send update security patch galaxy a5 2017 with telcel please

mario9295
mario9295

are passed until today the security patch of galaxy A5 2017 with telcel and to other countries does not arrive if, at what they play samsung

PJaya
PJaya

2 of my samsung device is not listed
What mean?

MNMMD2000
MNMMD2000

That means A3 2016 will receive Android oreo ☺

cool8912
cool8912

Are you thick this confirms that the a3 2016 will not receive oreo if there will be no more security updates.

Eddygraphic
Eddygraphic

Not even their most expensive device is running the latest, the Galaxy Note 8 which is just ridiculous for such big company. so do not even dream about security updates on mid-range devices.

vengatz
vengatz

A520F of Indian region still have Nov 2017 security patch, but it is likely to be in monthly schedule any reason?

arnab2013
arnab2013

what about the Galaxy C series no security updates for them I guess WTF….. Samsung ?????

cerioni fabio
cerioni fabio

che scandalo..su s7 ancora dobbiamo avere le patch di febbraio..che azienda di basse capacita’, rispetto per il cliente 0

Biransahin
Biransahin

I do have the latest security patch on my Note8 so I’m not complaining and we should see Oreo soon now that the S9 is coming shortly. With Samsung selling so many phones I understand why budget devices receive fewer and have a shorter update lifespan. Some budget phone brands never get ANY updates! I’ll probably see Oreo first on my wife’s new S9 plus before it arrives on my Note! 🙂

fcaroll
fcaroll

But if you think about how big is Samsung, it has not excuses, they should be able to maintain all the devices they make and every variant of every model (and I think they really have too many)

fcaroll
fcaroll

It’s funny that they sold Note FE with a big heart on the box but it’s in the quarterly security update list. It’s a Note device newer than Note5 and who bought it made a favour to Samsung but they treat them just like that.. interesting

Biransahin
Biransahin

Well they didn’t make a favour, they just got it at a cheaper price. If customers didn’t want it they wouldn’t buy it just to give a favour to Samsung… Lol! Nobody does that. It was cheaper than the Note8, that’s why they bought it. Having said all that I agree that it should have monthly updates. It will get Oreo anyway so I’m not sure if they didn’t make an error in the list.. It’s happened before. I think the difference is Note 5 is part of the official line up and FE isn’t, which may mean I’m wrong… Read more »

fcaroll
fcaroll

Note FE is an official Note product according to the advertising they made about it (which of course is only an advertising, it doesn’t have to be true so if it’s not, it’s Samsung’s fault) . As favour I meant that Sammy had to waste lots of phones so selling them was the right choice. Anyway Samsung sold an “old” device at a very high price (given that it was an old device as already said). Also, Samsung wasn’t able to produce note7 without issues nor fixing it, so the ones that wanted a note7 and not a note8 had… Read more »