PSA: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge no longer receiving regular security updates

PSA: Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge no longer receiving regular security updates
Samsung fans using the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will see fewer security updates coming to their phones going forward. It's the logical move for Samsung, as both flagship smartphones were launched more than three years ago.

The South Korean company releases monthly and quarterly security updates on selected Samsung smartphones, and the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have been downgraded to the list of devices that will no longer receive regular security updates.

According to Samsung (via AndroidSoul), the security updates that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will receive going forward will be “subject to change and will be reviewed on a periodic basis.” In other words, these phones will continue to get SOME updates, those that contain fixes for critical bugs.

The only way to avoid getting irregular security updates on these 3-year old phones is to upgrade to newer devices, not necessarily flagships. However, you'll want to pick a brand that releases security updates often since not all phone vendors usually do that.

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Galaxy S7
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24 Comments

1. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Wait so these phones came oit the same year the iPhone 7 came out and they stopped receiving security updates while the iPhone 7 is receiving iOS 13? How buying a Samsung flagship is a good investment instrad of an iPhone?

3. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

iPhone 7 will still receive iOS 14

14. oldskool50

Posts: 1570; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Yet will still do less than the Galaxy S7.

17. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Yet the number of sales between S7 and iphone 7 are more than 10 times. People speaks for their wallet and chooses iphone over Samsung. Galaxy has more features but mostly you need a 3rd party to do that for you even some of those are illegal.

18. oldskool50

Posts: 1570; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

I don't care about sales because they don't benefit me.

4. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Because that Samsung s7 edge that has no more support can do stuff IOS13 and 14 will be able to do. It may have lost support but it still can go toe to toe in features. IOS is so backdated it take them years to catch upto android at least Ipad OS is a step in the right direction now all they need to do is put that onto their mobile phones. It still has a better file manager than IOS 13, at least you can see details about your photo's or videos from the phone itself (size of image or video, resolution taken etc), It has a dark mode too so ya have to wait a little longer for Iphones while the outdated S7 edge already has it, not to mention you an easily upgrade the storage with a SD card. I mean jesus you buy a Iphone or a Huawei and then they give you measly 5gb online cloud storage while Samsung give you 15gb for free :D ANd considering in recent years IOS updates break things more than fix you can keep them.

5. Carlitos

Posts: 669; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

This^^^^^^^

6. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The S7 will miss out on security updates and in all honesty iOS has pretty much caught up on most places. I wish Androids would get OS updates as long as iPhones, that speed them up like what iOS 12 did to older iPhones. It’s great that the S7 has all those features but doe not really help in the grand scheme of things from a security and longevity point of view. You can buy an iPhone 7 Plus today and know that it’s still going to get more features and monthly security updates for the next 2-3years at the very least, whereas the S7 will be dropped in a few months. Heck in some regions S7 has not had updates for a while on some carriers. Really wish Google could find a way to improve this as they are waisting perfectly good hardware, the S7 has at least another 2 years in it but it’s let down by poor support

23. Carlitos

Posts: 669; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

The article specifically said it will still receive periodical security updates. So the phone will still get security updates lmaoo

9. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 699; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Not everyone cares about security updates or even knows about them and a lot of people don't keep phones for 3 years anyway.

15. oldskool50

Posts: 1570; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

I still have my S3 and S4 for VZW. They are old. But they work and even without latest versions of android, I am not afraid to use them online. Smartphones have never been proven to have been hacked. There are people who are still using Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 95 and those have not been updated for decades. And they use them on the internet. Smart peopel arerely get hacked. It dumb peopel who do dumb things who get hacked. Yes we have seen both Android and iOs devices get hacked. They got haked by peopel who had the time, the money and the equipment, that the vast majority of us won't have. Thus the threat of ever being hacked on a smartphone is nearly impossible. Unless you download apps from places of quationable original, you really don't have much to worry about. And they do make apps that filter spam, anti-viral, VPN and other ways to make your device completely invisible online where you can get hacked. I alway use a VPN on my phone, regardless of what network its on. I have never read an article where someone said their phone was directly hacked, and it liekl;y never would be because you are nto the type of person that would be targeted to begin with. But if you were someone like Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos, then yes you want to be running the most up to date phone or computer and they would be. Apple, Google, Microsoft and others have all been hacked before. You computer is only as safe as the person who is using it. No matter how old and outdated it is. And even though yes Apple supports its phone longer, its also much easier to do. Allof them are the same, except for some minor differences. The S7 is now a 3 year old phone. I think every Android phone should be supported with 3 firmware updates, regardless of how many features it has. When you consider when most of them are released, they are on and older firmware and have to be updated, they should most certainly get updated again. Maybe even 2 more times.

16. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

They don’t care until they have to care, lol. Security is not something you want to not bother about especially with the BYOD system most companies use, all you need is one person who did not care about security to cause havoc.

2. Subie

Posts: 2365; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

My $99 (CAD) Lumia 650 is older than these by a month and still receives updates from Microsoft. At least for now.

7. kennybenny

Posts: 214; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Next year will be the S8 and S8+. By that time, I would've upgraded......

8. pimpin83z

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

And that's exactly the point. PA is acting like people want to keep a phone for 3-4 years.

19. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

People are keeping their phones longer though, hence smartphone sales are dropping. A top end smartphone should at least go for about 4-5years with updates.

24. Carlitos

Posts: 669; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

But that just not reality. Yes, we keep our phones longer today. But not for more than 3 years. Majority of people upgrade by 3-4years

10. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Next article on PA:- Samsung Galaxy S2 is NOT AT ALL receiving security updates this year...

11. stulla

Posts: 92; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Now my phone is no longer POWERFUL to get a security update...once the most POWERFUL phone is now one for the scrap yards

12. stulla

Posts: 92; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

North Americans think everybody else just gets up and has money to change phones yearly or bi annually

13. Subie

Posts: 2365; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Your post shows your own presumptuous ignorance - the likes of which you are suggesting. Now that's irony. I'm "North American" and I nor just about anyone I know gets a new phone every year, let alone twice per year as you are suggesting. Nor do I or many of us assume others are doing so elsewhere. There are many enthusiasts like some on this website who do get new devices multiple times per year, and many of them are not from North America. Some of the comments you read above do not speak for everyone.

20. sebstin

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

what If I bought S7 last year?. Wont I get updates for next 2 years?

21. cogito

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

Samsung usually sends updates to phones for a little over 3 years from the model’s release date. Past that you’re pretty much out of luck.

22. cogito

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

Yeah, just got my Galaxy S10e yesterday and noticed that it’s on the May 1 security patch level while the S7 it’s replacing is still on April 1 so I figured they’ve stopped releasing patches for the S7. The S10e is basically same overall size and weight (and without the stupid curved screen of recent Galaxys) so it’s a very nice replacement for the S7.

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