Samsung's ancient Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are still receiving software updates

Samsung's ancient Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are still receiving software updates
Commercially released almost four years ago on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge naturally received Marshmallow and Nougat goodies back in 2016 and 2017, but no Oreo love despite several false alarms and inaccurate reports that got our hopes up last year. Technically, the standard three-year window for security updates closed a while ago as well, but believe it or not, Samsung continues to provide solid software support as far as these two classic high-end phones are concerned.

Earlier today, SamMobile got wind of new updates delivered over-the-air to the GS6 and S6 Edge in the United Arab Emirates, and you can probably expect these maintenance releases to expand to other regions over the next few hours or, at worst, days. Even though Samsung is reportedly rolling out Google's January security patches instead of the latest batch of UI optimizations and enhancements, it's certainly rare to see 2019 software running on 2015 hardware.

If you're somehow still in possession of such an ancient handset with a flat or "edgy" 5.1-inch screen, relatively chunky bezels, and an Exynos 7420 processor under the hood, you may not be that shocked to receive this newest software update. After all, the previous one rolled out just a few months ago, including the November 2018 security patch level.

This might be a good sign of things to come for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which are still guaranteed monthly security updates, according to the official Samsung Mobile Security webpage, but most likely not for long. It would definitely be nice of Samsung to move its early 2016 flagships to a quarterly schedule rather than halt their support altogether this spring. Of course, three major OS updates instead of two would be even sweeter, but that's unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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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9 Comments

1. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1239; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

My Note 10.1 (2014 edition) recently got a few security updates. At 5,5 years old that was unexpected.

2. Rager722

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

How is the S7 monthly? I have the T-Mobile S7 and haven't gotten a security update since December..

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

That is on T-Mobile, not Samsung. My Verizon S7 still gets monthly security updates.

3. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Well, that word ancient :3

4. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Not ancient by any means. The S6 is one rock solid phone & has an excellent camera. The exynos 7420 aged very well & is still fast enough. Its battery is the only disadvantage

7. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1238; Member since: May 01, 2017

From my personal experience, I always felt the S6 was the worst of the flagships

6. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Security patches are different from software updates. Last year when Samsung was putting out updates for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, I turned on my old Galaxy S2 (Epic Touch 4G) and connected to wifi and there was an update to patch one or both of the vulnerabilities (I don't remember).

8. mrochester

Posts: 947; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I'd damn well expect a flagship phone from 2015 to still be getting major software updates in 2019! The iPhone 5S is from 2013 and gets all the major 2019 updates so Samsung still has another 2 years of software updates left to go for the S6 series, at least.

9. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

still keeping my S6 Edge+ as a backup phone

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