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This 4-year-old Samsung Galaxy phone still gets monthly Android security updates

Galaxy Note 9
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Samsung has rolled out a new monthly security update for the Galaxy Note 9.
  • The 4-year-old smartphone's Verizon variant has received the March 2022 security patch.
  • It's surprising to see the device still getting updates after it was removed from Samsung's monthly update cycle last year.

Samsung downgraded the Galaxy Note 9 to a quarterly update schedule (opens in new tab) in September of last year, but it looks like the device is still getting monthly security patches anyway.

The 4-year-old phone should have theoretically been receiving security updates every three months since then, but its Verizon variant was quietly treated to a new update that included the March 2022 security patch level last week. Droid Life (opens in new tab) first spotted the change.

A closer look at Verizon's software update page (opens in new tab) for the Galaxy Note 9 reveals that this is not the first monthly update the device has received since switching to a quarterly cycle. The handset also received security patches in January and February, with both the January 2022 and February 2022 security patches in tow.

The most recent update has the build number QP1A.190711.020.N960USQS9FVC5, but it is only for Verizon's Galaxy Note 9 (opens in new tab). It's not unlikely, though, that other versions will get the same patch level soon.

Aside from the March security update, the latest release does not appear to include any significant improvements.

Nonetheless, Samsung still deserves a pat on the back for continuing to push monthly updates for one of its best Android phones (opens in new tab) back in 2018, even if it doesn't have to.

Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he's not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.