Some Samsung Galaxy owners may find themselves wanting to upgrade their smartphones this month. That’s because the South Korean tech giant has just updated its support schedule for its current range of Galaxy devices and some phones are now being ditched from the monthly upgrade cycle.
Samsung has confirmed that it’s ended support for its Galaxy Note FE and Galaxy S8 Lite handsets, which were released in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
So going forward these two Samsung phones won’t be receiving any support updates which are crucial for introducing bug fixes, resolving security issues and more.
If you want to continue receiving these critical releases then you’ll have to fork out for a new handset.
And owners of the Galaxy Note FE and Galaxy S8 Lite aren’t the only ones who face major changes.
Arguably the biggest change will be noticed by Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users.
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Until now the Note 9 – which was first released in August 2018 – was receiving monthly support updates.
However, from now on Samsung will be moving onto a quarterly update schedule for its former flagship.
It remains to be seen what happens next for the Note 9 going forward.
Judging by past form, Samsung could relegate the Galaxy Note 9 from quarterly to biannual updates once the four year mark hits.
Or, alternatively Samsung could drop support for the Galaxy Note 9 altogether after four years.
Here is a full list of the Samsung update changes introduced this week:
• Samsung Galaxy devices reaching end of support: Galaxy Note FE, Galaxy S8 Lite
• Samsung Galaxy devices moving from quarterly to biannual updates: Galaxy A10s
• Samsung Galaxy devices moving to quarterly updates: Galaxy A03s, Galaxy F42 5G
• Samsung Galaxy devices moving from monthly to quarterly: Galaxy Note 9
• Samsung Galaxy devices getting monthly updates: Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3, Galaxy A52s
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Earlier this year Samsung announced a four-year support policy for its latest Galaxy devices, as well as for models released since 2019.
Eligible phones that benefit from the four-year support include the Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold.
While a few months later Samsung went one better by announcing five years worth of support for the enterprise version of a number of handsets such as the Galaxy S20, S21 and Note 20.
This could be a sign of things to come for Galaxy users in general. Previously Samsung offered four years of update support for enterprise phones before rolling it out more widely.
So there’s a chance five years worth of update support could be heading to non-enterprise Samsung Galaxy phones in the future as well.