Galaxy S8 starts receiving January 2021 security update

The January 2021 security update has now started hitting select variants of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung’s popular flagship duo from 2017. More specifically, the new over-the-air release has reached the Exynos models across Latin America. These firmware revisions are identified by version numbers G950FXXSBDUA3 and G955FXXSBDUA3 for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, respectively.

Beyond the latest series of security patches from Samsung and Google, no other additions or changes appear to be part of the newly debuted software update.

How long will Samsung keep supporting the Galaxy S8 series?

If you aren’t keen on waiting for the rollout to reach your particular device, full system images containing the January 2021 security update are already available for download from our firmware archive.

Naturally, before going the tinkerer’s route of manually flashing the latest update onto your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, you should try the more convenient option of triggering an OTA installation manually. To do so, open your Settings app, navigate to the Software update section and hit the Download and install prompt on the following interface.

Given how the Galaxy S8 series is almost four years old by now, it’s no surprise that it isn’t getting monthly security patches any longer. With that said, this popular pair of flagships should keep receiving quarterly updates from Samsung for a while longer. After all, it hasn’t even been a full year since the lineup was relegated to a quarterly update schedule. In the meantime, many future Galaxy devices even outside of Samsung’s flagship portfolio are nowadays launching alongside the promise of three generations’ worth of major Android upgrades.

  • Model: SM-G950F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm
  • Display: 5.8 inch / 147.32 mm Super AMOLED Display
  • CPU: Exynos 8895
  • Camera: 12MP
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