Samsung’s smartphone offering has been the best in the business for some time now and it’s easy to assume the company’s most expensive smartphones will keep that status quo for now.
After all, there’s no telling when the Galaxy S8 Plus or the next Galaxy Note will make their official US debut. In fact, the wait could end up taking even longer as we recently learned that Samsung might not start selling the high-end phone in the US until October. Samsung finally took the wraps off its most premium smartphone at an event in New York City.
The Galaxy S8 Plus offers a 6.2-inch display, just like last year’s S7 Plus. Samsung’s latest flagship is also also impressive for an Android or Apple phone. It’s not a big deal, but the display on the S8 Plus is slightly bigger than the Galaxy S7 Plus. The big change is the screen’s resolution: the display resolution on the S8 Plus is 2K, compared to the regular Galaxy S8
It still sounds strange to mention, but when it comes to Android updates today, Samsung is still the best of the best, and long-term support is what really seals the deal. However, we will spill one out tonight for a Samsung favorite. Samsung has terminated Android upgrade support for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, putting an end to the bearer of slim bezels.
The Galaxy S8 series has been removed from Samsung’s upgrade listing, which lists which models are eligible for what frequency of updates.
Samsung was only upgrading the Galaxy S8 every two years anyway, so this isn’t a huge disappointment, but it is a sign that the device’s time has come to an end.
That’s not terrible, because the series has been on the air for four years. The April 2021 security patch was the last one that the S8 was qualified for.
Notably, some S8 versions are still on the drawing board. The S8 Lite continues to get biannual updates, while the S8 Active receives quarterly updates, which is a little perplexing.
By drastically that the top and side bezels relative to other phones at the time, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ ushered in the age of bezel-less smartphones. The Galaxy S8 was launched just six months after the original Google Pixel, which featured a proper landing strip on the top and bottom bezels.
Samsung has built a strong reputation as a company that delivers frequent software upgrades to its devices over the years. The brand’s reputation for pushing frequent updates remains spotless, as shown by the discontinuation of upgrades for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ after four years of continuous updates. Galaxy-S8-Plus-Featured
DroidLife just discovered that Samsung has deleted the Galaxy S8 and S8+ off the list of devices eligible for security upgrades. Other members of the Galaxy S8 series, such as the Galaxy S8 Active and S8 Lite, are still on the list, indicating that their software support journey is not over. It’s worth noting that the pair debuted months after the main models.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were both released in April of this year. That implies the cellphones have gotten regular software upgrades over the previous four years. This is very remarkable, since it distinguishes Samsung from the competition. That is exactly what the market leader wants. The Galaxy S8/S8+, on the other hand, did not get the Android 10 upgrade, despite having received two major Android updates, Android 8 and 9.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will continue to get quarterly upgrades.
Despite the fact that Google devices are typically the first to get a new Android version, the firm does not even offer software support for up to four years. As a result, we doubt that anybody will be upset about this. Since last year, the tech giant has been prepping consumers’ minds by adding the Galaxy S8/S8+ to the list of devices eligible for quarterly security upgrades.
According to this pattern, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, which also get quarterly security upgrades, will most likely reach the end of their trip around this time next year, when they will be four years old. The Galaxy S10, which was launched in 2019, is the oldest model currently receiving monthly security patches, but that may change soon as the firm seems to provide three years of monthly updates and one year of quarterly push before discontinuing software support for the flagship devices.