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.