Updates for Samsung Galaxy S8 deprioritized, moved to quarterly updates

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series is the latest and greatest device range from the company. However, given the flagship status of devices in Samsung’s Galaxy S series, its predecessors have remained a priority to the company even as it introduces newer devices.

While that is so, the usual realignment at the top has to take place to accommodate the newcomers and quietly ease out the oldtimers.

That is what is happening to the Samsung Galaxy S8 series which now finds itself relegated to receiving security updates on a quarterly instead of the guaranteed monthly (on paper) or bi-monthly (in the real world) security patches.

Samsung’s latest update to its monthly security updates schedule page sees the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 Lite, which never became available locally, going further down the pecking order, joining Samsung’s expansive Galaxy A lineup of budget (relative) smartphones and tablets the company has released in recent times.

Around this time last year, the Galaxy S8 series’ predecessor, the Galaxy S7, suffered a similar fate.

Those that went with Samsung’s flagship device for the second half of 2017, the Galaxy Note 8, are safe for now as the device remains in Samsung’s good graces. Keywords: for now.

This also means that the writing is on the wall for users of the Galaxy S8 series since by this time next year, they will no longer be getting any security updates at all, just like they are already resigned to no more major updates.

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