Four years after its launch, the Samsung Galaxy S8 received its latest security update. The Galaxy S8 was a well-timed achievement for Samsung, launching in spring 2017 with a bold design that distracted attention from the Galaxy Note 7’s well-documented battery issues of the previous six months.
The S8 marked a design change for Galaxy devices, featuring a larger-looking edge-to-edge display with minimal bezels that made it one of the prettiest phones we’ve seen at this point. It wasn’t just an attractive device, either; it offered great hardware and a great camera, combined with a remarkably tight software implementation. Better yet, the batteries did not catch fire.
Samsung recently introduced an official policy of providing Galaxy devices with four years of security updates, including both S-series flagships and even budget-oriented A-series models. Premium devices tend to receive monthly updates, at least for the first couple of years, with the pace slowing down to quarterly or semi-annual updates towards the end of their life. It’s one of the best support policies in the industry – certainly for Android, and about on par with Apple’s generally long support schedule.
While the S8 and S8 Plus have reached the end of this support period, the S8 Active is still on the quarterly update schedule and the S8 Lite is on the semi-annual schedule.