The phones that ushered in a new era of premium styled and dual curved design Samsung Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy S6 series, will no longer receive major OS updates or monthly security patches.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 was released in early 2015 after a low Galaxy S5 sale returns. It marked an end to unimpressive plastic design and adopted metal and glass design. It came out with Android Lollipop 5.0 and ever since, been receiving regular OS updates and security patches that protect it against new vulnerabilities according to Google’s monthly security bulletin. The latest major OS update it received was Android Nougat, in February.
After three years of updates, Samsung has decided it’s time for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Edge to go away. They have been removed from the official Samsung’s security update list. Therefore, the company will no longer give OS updates and monthly security patches support to these devices, meaning they will be stuck on Android Nougat and with the Google latest security patches which were released in February.
Samsung’s security update list entails smartphones and tablets that will receive security patches and the frequency of the updates. There’s the monthly section for Samsung’s flagship devices like the Galaxy S and Note series while the quarterly section is for lesser phones and tablets.
When the Samsung security update list was first released, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and S6 Active didn’t make it, but they were later added after the list was reviewed. But considering, the fact that the phones were launched few months after the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, it might not be too long before they are eventually cut off from receiving updates.