Samsung was historically the poster youngster of how to not do Android updates however that appears to be actually a factor of the previous. It’s, in fact, trivial to vow updates past the customary two-year interval however Samsung’s actions converse louder than phrases. Not solely has it been pushing out month-to-month updates extra commonly, it has additionally prolonged that software program help protection for as much as 4 years. Proving that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge final 12 months weren’t simply flukes, Samsung ends help for the Galaxy S8 at this time, 4 years after the cellphone first launched.
A number of years in the past, it was virtually inconceivable that Samsung can be the one pushing for 4 years of software program updates. It assured solely two and even then was fairly sluggish and inconsistent in assembly its personal guarantees. Immediately’s Samsung is so completely different from its previous that it’s virtually the poster youngster for the best way to do Android updates proper.
That stated, these 4 years aren’t equal and Samsung “downgrades” the frequency of updates from month-to-month to quarterly to biannual. The Galaxy S8, specifically, was on the quarterly tier so it isn’t like this finish was sudden. That it could truly rise up to April 2021’s safety replace is maybe the miracle as a substitute.
The Galaxy S8 was notable for being the primary Samsung cellphone to ditch the capability buttons and bodily dwelling button that was beforehand the hallmark of Android telephones. By switching to Android’s new customary on-screen buttons, the Galaxy S8 was in a position to push out bezels, particularly with its curved display screen edge.
Now that it’s formally out of the image, the Galaxy S9 takes its place because the oldest Samsung flagship presently nonetheless supported. That stated, the Galaxy S8 Lite variant remains to be additionally supported however receives solely biannual updates. Because it was launched in Might 2018, it would nonetheless get pleasure from that remedy till subsequent 12 months on the newest.