Samsung has made a few changes to its firmware update schedule this month. Whenever it makes such changes, there are always some devices that get cut off permanently. It’s a similar story this time around as well.
The device in question is already four years old. It’s highly uncommon for Samsung to support devices for security updates after they have been out for four years.
It’s the end of the line for the Galaxy Note FE
The changes Samsung made this month have also relegated the Galaxy Note 9 to the quarterly cycle. The device previously received monthly firmware updates. It only got security updates since it has already got the two Android OS upgrades it was eligible for. The Galaxy Note 9 will now get quarterly updates.
The Galaxy Note FE has been shown the door. Samsung has ended software update support for this device entirely. It won’t receive any updates in the future, not even any security patches going forward. The Galaxy S8 Lite has also been cut. It’s a watered-down version of the Galaxy S8 that was only released in China.
Some of you might remember the Galaxy Note FE. This device was born from the ashes of the Galaxy Note 7, quite literally. It was the refurbished version of Samsung’s cancelled phablet. The Galaxy Note FE had a similar design and specs with a smaller battery that didn’t explode.
Samsung only intended to sell 400,000 units of the Galaxy Note FE so this change isn’t going to impact a whole lot of people. Nevertheless, those who are still holding on to their Galaxy Note FE should probably upgrade to a new phone now. Our list of best Samsung phones has many great options in all price ranges to choose from.
You can find all of the firmware released for the Galaxy Note FE so far in our database.