Samsung backtracks; Galaxy S7/edge to continue receiving security updates

Samsung backtracks; Galaxy S7/edge to continue receiving security updates
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were announced 41 months ago in March 2016. The two flagships launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow but were subsequently updated to both Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 8.0 Oreo. Samsung also kept to its promise of regular security patches for three years but ultimately chose to end support in June. However, now it appears to be backtracking.

As spotted by The Android Soul, Samsung recently updated its website and now says the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will receive security updates at least once every quarter. It’s unclear at this stage how long Samsung plans to continue supporting the devices for, but it certainly seems as though support could be extended into the fourth year. Regardless, the news is likely to be met with open arms by owners of the 2016 flagships.

Samsung currently rolls out monthly security updates to all of its flagships starting with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. Later today, the list of devices will be expanded to included the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. Speaking of which, both smartphones have just appeared side by side in leaked marketing material ahead of Samsung’s Unpacked event.

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)

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4 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Interesting...

2. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 669; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That's the kind of backtracking we like to hear.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Good to know that the first Samsung phone I bought is still getting love.

4. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I still use my March 8, 2016, Samsung GS7 Edge as my secondary/backup phone. Still working like a champ. Replacing the battery one year ago. One last move from Samsung will be to update this to OneUI.

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