Galaxy S20 and Note 20 security updates down to every 3 months

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In a recent update to its security patch bulletin, Samsung announced a revised security update schedule for the Galaxy S20 series and Galaxy Note 20 lineup. Previously receiving monthly security patches, these devices will now transition to a quarterly update cadence. This change applies to all Galaxy S20 models (S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and S20 FE). And both Galaxy Note 20 variants (Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra).

Samsung Adjusts Security Update Schedule for Galaxy S20 and Note 20 Series

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Samsung traditionally adjusts update schedules based on a device’s launch date. However, the company has deviated from this practice in this instance. The Galaxy Note 20 series and Galaxy S20 FE launched six months after the original S20 trio, yet they are included in the revised schedule alongside their earlier counterparts.

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Despite the update frequency reduction, Samsung has committed to extending support for the Galaxy S20 series beyond its originally promised four-year window. This signifies an additional year of security updates for these devices. The Galaxy Note 20 lineup and S20 FE will receive a six-month support extension as well.

While these extensions offer some reassurance, it’s important to understand that support will eventually cease altogether. Samsung devices typically receive critical security patches even after official support ends, but this is not a guaranteed practice. Users of the aforementioned Galaxy models can expect to be removed from the official update schedule sometime next year.

This change in update frequency highlights the importance of considering a device’s long-term software support when making a purchasing decision. For users prioritizing the most up-to-date security measures, opting for a device with a more recent launch date and a longer guaranteed update window might be a more suitable choice.

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