Samsung retire Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: no more quarterly security patches

Galaxy S7

More than three years have passed since the commercialization of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and the Asian giant has decided to remove the two smartphones from the group that receives security updates every three months.

Let us remember that Samsung divides its smartphones into three categories: the premium models, and the most recent, which receive monthly updates, the older models but still very interesting that receive patches on a quarterly basis, and older devices that end up in the “regular” group.

In the latter, the security patches are released with a decidedly lower frequency, but it is likely that at least 2-3 updates per year are available. This is a step almost taken for granted, given that in the Android world support that exceeds three years is now a rarity.

Samsung Galaxy S7

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It is worth to mention that according to previous reports, the Korean giant has decided to follow the example of Google with the first generation of Pixel smartphones and guarantee the Samsung Galaxy S7 a year of additional updates, which means Android 9 Pie and Samsung One UI interface.

A sort of confirmation comes from the Wi-Fi Alliance database, where the manufacturer has updated its registration for the Samsung S7 (SM-G930F) to show support for Android 9 Pie.

However the manufacturer has not updated its FOTA test bed, that is the database where it loads the numbers of the software builds to be tested, which as far as the Samsung Galaxy S7 is concerned, are still running Android 8.0 Oreo.

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