No more monthly security updates for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

No more monthly security updates for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+
Unlike major Android updates, which have been rather slow to reach new and old Galaxy flagships lately, Samsung takes the basic security of its best phones very seriously. As such, Google’s newest monthly patch, which is currently exclusive for Pixel, Nexus devices, and the Essential Phone, should soon make its way to the Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active, Note 9, Note 8, A5 (2016), A5 (2017), and A8 (2018).

That’s a pretty comprehensive list of high-enders, with a few popular mid-rangers also included, but there are actually two notable omissions. We’re talking about the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, both of which are now a venerable three years old.

Their recent anniversary is precisely why Samsung just quietly removed the two from the company’s official roster of phones that are guaranteed monthly security updates. The same thing happened last spring with the March 2015-unveiled Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, although Samsung initially suggested S6 Edge+ support would be dropped then as well.

The moment has now surely arrived, but fret not, devoted Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus owners, as this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll never receive another update. You’ll simply stop getting routine, minor patches like the September 2018 OTA package.

If a major vulnerability crops up over the next few months, you should definitely expect Samsung to fix it, shielding you from the most serious security threats out there for at least a little while longer. After all, the Note 5 can still be worth buying at the right discount, in the right condition, from the right retailer.

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  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
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Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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