Samsung has managed to surprise its staunchest skeptics by making its software update system extremely flexible lately. The company not only kept its promise to bring Android 11 to its devices, but also demonstrated its commitment by offering four-year security updates for most of its devices released since 2019. By streamlining its operations even further, Samsung is now removing some ambiguity about how often some of its devices will receive security updates.
Until recently, Samsung divided its security update frequency into three categories: monthly, quarterly, and other regular. While the latter category was still eligible for updates, no one could have guessed when (or how often) they might appear. It has now been renamed “twice a year”, which also clarifies the frequency with which these devices will receive updates – twice a year.
At the time of writing, these are the following models, included in the bi-annual security update category:
- Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
- Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6 +, Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A8 + (2018), Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018)
- Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Top, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J4 +, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6 +, Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy
- J7 Pop, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7 +, Galaxy J8
- Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20
- Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh