The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will no longer receive monthly Android security updates. The company has relegated its 2017 Galaxy S flagships to the quarterly schedule. They'll now receive Android security maintenance releases once every three months.
The Galaxy S8 Active, meanwhile, will continue receiving the monthly security maintenance release, at least for the time being. The rugged Galaxy S8 model had arrived in the market a few months after the vanilla Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Galaxy S8, S8+ will now receive quarterly security updates
Samsung has been impressive with its monthly update releases lately. The South Korean giant often rolls out the updates even before Google details the patch.
The company has also been doing commendably well in releasing the Android 10 update to its Galaxy smartphones, at least when compared to its Android 9 Pie release last year.
However, as much effort it is putting in this regard, there's no indication that the company will change its update policy any time soon. Samsung usually releases monthly security updates for its flagships for three years and that policy applies to the Galaxy S8 series as well.
Since the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were launched back in March 2017, with sales commencing in April 2017, the two devices have now attained that three-year threshold. They have now been duly shifted to the quarterly schedule.
Both the devices have been receiving monthly security updates up till now. They last received the April 2020 Android security patch. Going forward, they'll receive security maintenance releases on a quarterly basis.
Samsung will bundle the security patches for three months and release them in a single update once every three months.
The Galaxy S8 Active, on the other hand, arrived in the market only in August 2017. So there are still a few months before it gets relegated to the quarterly schedule.
No more new features for the Galaxy S8, S8+
Samsung's usual update policy also promises two major Android OS updates for its Galaxy smartphones. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, launched with Android 7 Nougat, have already received Android 8 Oreo and Android 9 Pie updates. So they have received the two major Android OS updates that they were entitled to.
These devices are obviously not getting Android 10. Going forward, they'll only receive Android security maintenance updates once every three months.
Those updates will not bring any new features to the 2017 Galaxy S flagships. They haven't received any new features for quite some time now anyway.