Samsung shifts to monthly security updates schedule for unlocked smartphones in the U.S.

It's common knowledge that unlocked smartphones get updated much faster than carrier-branded units since there's no need for additional approval from network operators. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned sometimes and unlocked phones receive updates slower than expected.

That's exactly what happens in the United States where carrier-branded Samsung smartphones seem to be getting security updates on a monthly basis, whereas unlocked units receive these important patches on a quarterly basis.

Many fans have written to Samsung in the hopes of getting an answer as to why their unlocked phones, for which they paid more, don't get security updates as fast as their carrier-branded counterparts.

The South Korean company responded and said that it finally managed to solve all the issues preventing it from delivering these security updates on a monthly basis to its unlocked smartphones in the United States.

As many Galaxy S7/S7 edge owners point out, the last security update for their unlocked phones dates from December 2016, while those with carrier-branded variants have already started to receive the March security patch.

source: ZDNet via AndroidPolice



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is why I stick to the Nexus 6P. Monthly security updates directly from Google. Most OEMs tend to lag far behind when it comes to updates.

2. Pem3108

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Does that mean the unlocked version is also getting Nougat soon? I mean you know something is messed up when Verizon gets the update before your unlocked phone.

3. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Those of us with unlocked versions have been screwed over. Shameful Sammy.

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