Samsung drops support for Galaxy S6/S6 edge, phones will no longer receive security updates

Samsung drops support for Galaxy S6/S6 edge, phones will no longer receive security updates
Just like most other handset makers, Samsung offers software support to its smartphones for at least two years. However, when it comes to security updates, the South Korean company promises three years of continuous support for all flagships, but for many of its mid-range and entry-level devices as well.

The Galaxy S6 family made its debut on the market three years ago, which means that going forward these phones will not be receiving any other security updates. Samsung recently removed the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge from the list of devices eligible for these security updates because they are 3 years old.

The good news is two other Galaxy S6 series phones remain on the list for a few more months and will continue to receive monthly security updates: Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy S6 Active.

Keep in mind though that even these two Galaxy S6 family smartphones will eventually be removed from the list by the end of the year. If you want to continue to remain protected, you'll have to switch to a newer device at some point in 2018.

source: Samsung via Droid-life

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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15 Comments

1. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Classic planned obsolescence.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And that's why some people prefer Apple. The iPhone 5S was released 5 years ago and it's running on the latest version of iOS 11. I bought my S6 just about 2 years ago, right after the launch of The S7, and it's already on the fringe of becoming obsolete! Sad! Oh well, The Nokia 8 is going for $450 around here with Carl Zeiss optics and a compact design... Might grab that thing! G'Day!

3. VasiliS7

Posts: 192; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

I preffer to buy the S6 & S8 with the same amount of money and have security updates for 6 years!

4. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I don't recommend the Nokia 8. Was considering it at first, but except the screen & build quality, the capacitive buttons don't have a great touch range & are positioned too low. The camera performs like a midrange phone. It has a locked bootloader for all models. It's very fluid with almost stock Android, but a pixel 2 with same cpu performs better for some reason. Get a OnePlus 5 or Xiaomi mi6

7. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

On the other hand, I could have bought two S6 with the money Apple was asking for an iPhone (remember that back then they still started at 16GB of storage so the entry model was useless)

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not really... It was only useless for those who needed more than 16 gigs of storage, and there were higher capacity models to choose from.

14. srgonu

Posts: 508; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Better stop the updates than adding lag

5. Boast_Rider

Posts: 532; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

They added them back. Seems like a mistake.

6. .KRATOS.

Posts: 440; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I did get the security updates like almost 3 days ago on the unlocked version, plus what about the oreo update that was coming to the S6 family

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Too soon Samsung, at least 2 more years of support. I get on Apple's BS, and I getting on Samsung's. This isn't right, it's still a very capable phone, treat it that way.

10. .KRATOS.

Posts: 440; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I guess it's the last Samsung flagship I'll get u pay hefty price for a phone then u just get 2 major updates even when your phone is still very capable

11. Jrod99

Posts: 699; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Say what you will but this device should still be supported. Still a capable phone. Don’t understand why Samsung stop supporting so soon?

15. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

Probably because almost every other manufacturer also does the same thing, even Google.

12. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

s7 edge is my last Samsung phone. still no update, whereas everyone else got oreo way before any Samsung phone. oh and battery drain issue still persists . probably will move on to nokia flagship or Huawei. never going back to Samsung again.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As far as battery drain, did you turn off bluetooth and wifi scanning in high accuracy lovation, and GPS to phone only helps as well? Tweak wifi settings too.

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