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Samsung Android Pie Release: 6 Things to Expect & 3 Not To

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Really Old Device? Don't Expect Support to End

Really Old Device? Don't Expect Support to End

If your device fails to secure an upgrade from Android Oreo to Android Pie don't expect software support to just end. 

Samsung might cut major updates off at the two-year mark, but older devices will continue to get bug fixes and security patches. 

The company's put together a list of Galaxy devices getting monthly, and quarterly, security updates. Here’s how it breaks down right now:

Monthly Security Updates


  • Galaxy S series (S9, S9+, S8, S8+, S8 Active, S7, S7 edge, S7 Active)
  • Galaxy Note series (Note 9, Note 8)
  • Galaxy A series (A5 (2016), A5 (2017), A8 (2018))

Current Models for Quarterly Security Updates


  • Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017)
  • Galaxy A6 (2018), Galaxy A6+ (2018), Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star
  • Galaxy J2 (2018)), Galaxy J2 Core (2018)
  • Galaxy J3 Pop, Galaxy J7 Pop, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J3 Top
  • Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7+ (2017)
  • Galaxy J4, Galaxy J6, Galaxy J8
  • Galaxy Tab S2 L Refresh, Galaxy Tab S2 S Refresh, Galaxy Tab S3 9.7, Galaxy Tab S4 10.5
  • Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2016), Galaxy Tab E (8.0) Refresh, Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5
  • Galaxy Note FE
  • Galaxy S8 Lite

So if you own one of these devices and you don't get Android Pie, there's a chance you'll still get monthly or quarterly security updates.

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