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Samsung changes its mind, will issue quarterly security updates to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

What you need to know

  • Samsung has changed its mind once again and is now promising quarterly security updates for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
  • The company had initially decided to discontinue quarterly security updates for the two phones in June.
  • Until April this year, the two phones were receiving security updates every month.

In April this year, Samsung announced that it will no longer roll out monthly security updates for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The two phones were downgraded to the quarterly security updates group. Just two months later, the company announced the two phones were further downgraded to the "regular" security updates group. As reported by The Android Soul, the company has changed its mind yet again and now says the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are back to a quarterly update schedule.

Needless to say, this is a welcome move and should please all the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners out there. Samsung provides monthly security updates to its flagship phones for up to three years, after which they usually stop receiving security updates. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, both of which were launched in February 2016, are continuing to receive security updates even in their fourth year. However, Samsung reviews the list of security update models on a periodic basis, so they may fall back into the "regular" security updates group in the future.

Samsung currently rolls out security updates on a monthly basis for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy Note 9. The monthly security updates group also includes two Galaxy A series phones: Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A8 (2018).

Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
  • "Samsung provides monthly security updates to its flagship phones for up to three years, after which they usually stop receiving security updates." I'd take that reassurance with a rock of salt. Even my current flagship Galaxy S10+ never receives monthly security updates (unless monthly now has a new definition)...
  • Is it from a carrier or unlocked? What region? My S10e has received at least one update every month and is currently on the July patch, but it's an unlocked Exynos model. Your point stands though, they've been good so far, but i wouldn't be surprised to see updates dry up.
  • Unlocked. USA. Last update was on May 28, 2019. Ironic, considering I get actual monthly updates on my Essential phone PH-1 which is almost 2 years old...
  • My Verizon note 9 gets the update every month. So far no complaints.
  • Kinda surprised anyone is still using the 7 series. My S7 Edge was laggy on day one and I didn't bother getting the screen fixed because it was so slow.
  • I loved my S7 edge. Never lagged. Battery went out on it so I ended up getting the S9 plus earlier this year for a great price.
  • That is a questionable. My unlocked S9 is still on January 2019 patch level. I only receved 2 updates since the phone was released last year in March. It doesn't matter how I try to force or check for updates is always saying it is up to date.
  • I wonder how much these multitude of differences, apart from Exynos Vs Snapdragon models, might be due the associated carrier or its being unlocked. Sometimes, even for a particular carrier eg AT&T one reads of puzzling discrepancies in the frequency of updates provided for a particular phone.
  • Great move on Samsung. Not only are they supporting their flagships longer but they also provide generous trade in value on their newer offerings. Smart for customer loyalty.