Samsung has traditionally been the poster child for not making Android updates, but that really seems to be a thing of the past. Of course, it is trivial to promise updates beyond the usual two-year period, but Samsung’s actions speak louder than words. In addition to releasing monthly updates on a more regular basis, it has also extended software support coverage for up to four years. Proving that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge last year were not just a fluke, Samsung ends support for the Galaxy S8 today, four years after the phone’s first launch.
A few years ago, it was almost inconceivable that Samsung was pushing for four years of software updates. He only secured two and yet he was quite slow and inconsistent in delivering on his own promises. Today’s Samsung is so different from its past that it is almost the poster boy for how to do Android updates the right way.
That said, these four years are not the same and Samsung “lowers” the frequency of updates from monthly to quarterly to semiannual. The Galaxy S8, in particular, was in the quarterly layer, so it’s not like this end was unexpected. That it actually got through to the April 2021 security update is perhaps the miracle instead.
The Galaxy S8 stood out for being the first Samsung phone to abandon the capacity buttons and the physical home button that were once the trademark of Android phones. By switching to the new buttons on the standard Android screen, the Galaxy S8 was able to push bezels, especially with its curved edge of the screen.
Now that it is formally out of the picture, the Galaxy S9 takes its place as Samsung’s oldest flagship still supported. That said, the Galaxy S8 Lite variant is still compatible, but receives only semi-annual updates. Since it was launched in May 2018, he can still enjoy this treatment until next year at the latest.