Technology Four years later, Samsung stops updating the Galaxy S8

09:05  04 may  2021
09:05  04 may  2021 Source:   engadget.com

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In February this year , Samsung removed four phones from 2017 from its security updates list — the Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy A5 2017, Galaxy A3 2017, and the Galaxy A7 2017. This marks the end-of-life for the Galaxy S 8 series, but you can still experience the latest Android release on your device using custom ROMs. Developers on our forums recently rolled out official builds of the Project Sakura custom ROM based on Android 11 for the devices, and you can flash it on your phone by heading over to this link .

We can exclusively confirm that Samsung has stopped the Galaxy S 8 Android 8.0 Oreo release and that it's working on a new firmware version which is going to be released in the near future. - SamMobile. The company had said that it would roll out the update in the Netherlands next week. However, it came to our attention earlier today that Samsung had halted the rollout. We have conducted our own research can now independently confirm that Samsung has pulled Oreo for the Galaxy S 8 and the Galaxy S 8 +.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 devices won't be getting any more updates going forward — owners have to make do with the current state of their software if they plan to keep using theirs. As noticed by DroidLife, the old flagship devices are no longer included in the list of models currently getting security updates. The Galaxy S8 Active and S8 Lite are still in the list for now, but it's worth noting that they were released months later than the main S8 flagship phones.

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It doesn't come as a surprise that Samsung has decided to stop rolling out updates for the devices. They were a hit when they first came out and provided Samsung with the best pre-order numbers it has ever seen at the time. However, it's been over four years since the phones were released — even Google doesn't support its Pixel devices for that long. The S8 phones got monthly updates for three of those, but Samsung pretty much gave everybody a warning that it'll stop supporting the devices soon when it put them in the quarterly security update schedule over the past year.

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Samsung has hammered the final nail in the coffin of the hopes Galaxy S 8 and Galaxy Note 8 owners may have had of getting the Android 10 update . Considering the company’s policy of only providing two major Android OS updates for all of its devices whether they fall in the flagship or budget segment, it was already pretty clear that the Galaxy S 8 and Galaxy Note 8 would not get Android 10. But, as always, one of Samsung ’s customer care reps raised a false alarm when they told a Galaxy S 8 user that the device is slated to get the Android 10 update , making everyone wonder if that oft-criticized

The Galaxy S 7 and the Galaxy S 7 edge were launched in 2016 with Android 6.0. Samsung released two major Android version updates to the phones over the years .

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At this point, the oldest Samsung flagships still getting monthly security updates are the Galaxy S10. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ phones are in the quarterly security update schedule and will likely be receiving updates for one more year before the tech giant stops supporting them, as well.

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