Samsung's Galaxy S8 Will No Longer Receive New Updates

After four years, the S8 is finally saying goodbye

After four years of support and Android updates, Samsung has finally pulled the plug on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, ending all future updates to the two smartphones.

A Samsung Galaxy S8 on display.

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According to Droid Life, the Galaxy S8 line has been on quarterly updates for the past year, something Samsung tends to do when a device is nearing the end of its lifespan. The company did the same with the Samsung Galaxy S7, which Samsung ended support for last April.

With support for the S8 ended, that makes the Galaxy S9 the oldest Samsung device still receiving updates, at least for the time being. That device also has been moved to the quarterly update schedule, as of April 2021, which means support for it should end in 2022, based on Samsung’s current support schedule. 

The S8 and S8+ originally launched in April 2017 with Android 7. As Samsung brings the device’s lifespan to a close, it runs Android 9. That puts it two updates behind current Samsung devices that still are being updated to the latest version of Samsung’s One UI 3.1, which runs on Android 11.

Samsung notably offers more support for devices than most other smartphone manufacturers...

Now that it is no longer supported, though, the S8 will cease receiving any important security updates, which could put the device at risk for exploits and other issues.

The Galaxy S8 was a restart for Samsung in some ways, following the issues that plagued the Galaxy S7 and Note 7, and it's sad to see it go. Still, four years is a long time when it comes to device support, especially updates.

Samsung notably offers more support for devices than most other smartphone manufacturers, including Google, which currently ends support around the three-year mark. 

Despite ending support for the S8 and S8+, Samsung will continue support for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite and S8 Active.

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