Unlocked Samsung Galaxy phones to receive monthly updates in US

By Scorpus ยท 6 replies
Mar 14, 2017
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  1. Samsung has confirmed that unlocked Galaxy smartphones in the United States will be receiving faster security updates than before, as the company is shifting to a monthly instead of quarterly release cycle.

    While Samsung hasn't gone into specifics, a statement from the company's mobile security team did say that due to "various circumstances," they have been releasing security updates on a monthly basis. However, Samsung "have now resolved the challenges; and we are committed to releasing security updates for those devices on a monthly basis."

    Those with Galaxy devices from carriers will still have to put up with delayed security and feature updates, thanks entirely to the slow validation process of the carriers.

    It's not completely clear whether Samsung's statement refers to all unlocked Galaxy devices, or just the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung's most popular devices will no doubt be a priority for software updates, but hopefully this policy also applies to lower-tier devices like the Galaxy J3.

    Unlocked Galaxy devices are set to receive the March security updates "soon", and there are hints that this update will also bring Android 7.0 to the Galaxy S7 series.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,278

    I've been receiving regular updates on my Galaxy A3 on Nougat (unlocked & carrier free naturally) even while it was on Marshmallow which is more than can be said for my HTC 10 (also unlocked & carrier free, of course) which received the Nougat update first but that's been it, so far... and I received no Android updates for it while it was on Marshmallow either. When I upgrade again next year I'll most likely return to all Samsung devices.
     
  3. Soaptrail

    Soaptrail TS Rookie

    My wife's US unlocked S7 already received the nougat update over the weekend.
     
  4. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 809   +411

    Believe it when I see it ...
     
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  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,034   +1,055

    So they do monthly updates, but will those updates be up to date, or will they be 6-8 months behind google, as the android 7 update was, or how some security updates OEMs push out are months behind the latest patches?

    This is part of why I went back to my SE. The android patch scene is still a complete mess.
     
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,872   +2,379

    Lots of promises .... and delivery will be ..... ?????
     
  7. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +174

    I'll believe it when I see it. If this really happens then this is something that's long overdue, by years. This should have been the policy from the very beginning.
     

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