In 2017, the Galaxy S8 represented a major step in the evolution of Samsung’s flagship S lineup, removing the home button and sparking war on the display bezels. Four years later it’s still a great looking phone, but unfortunately it has reached the end of the line when it comes to updates – Samsung has ended software support for both the S8 and S8 +, and has also moved other older devices to a less normal device. update schedule.
Last year came the Galaxy S8 and S8 + no more monthly security patches received, only to get them every quarter from then on. They have now been removed from the list of supported devices all together. The S8 Active is still getting quarterly updates and the S8 Lite will continue to receive them semi-annually for a while as they are released later than the regular models.
If you’re still using the Galaxy S8 as your primary phone, now’s the time to upgrade to something else. Security updates are critical to protecting you from online threats, especially if you are using the device for online shopping or banking.
That leaves the question of where to go. Personally, I would opt for Samsung’s latest Galaxy S21 range. The S21 and S21 + are perfect upgrades to the S8. One UI 3.1 may have gotten a lot of new features and refinements compared to One UI 1.0 on the S8, but everything is where it should be, and you’ll feel right at home. If you want something a little more modern, the S21 Ultra is too a good choice. Doing everything right to the smaller siblings and putting it on eleven, while fixing most of the issues on last year’s model. These phones are regularly available at a discounted price also, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a deal on your upgrade.
Most importantly, an S21 will be easier to live with than the S8 for four years. Certain Galaxy devices from 2019 are now guaranteed four years regularly security updatesmaking them better long-term phones.
In addition to ending support for the S8, the update frequency of other phones and tablets has also changed. Here’s the full list:
End of support
- Galaxy S8 / S8 +
- Galaxy J7 Pop
Moved from quarterly to semi-annually
- Galaxy A2 Core
- Galaxy A10
- Galaxy A20
- Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
- Galaxy Tab A with S pen
- Galaxy Tab S5e
New at quarterly
If the last device on the list stands out, it’s probably because it hasn’t been announced yet. However, we know almost everything about it, as it will essentially be renamed Galaxy Quantum2. The list could indicate an upcoming release.