One of Samsung’s best phones ever is now officially retired


Four years after its launch, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has received its latest security update. The Galaxy S8 was a well-timed success story for Samsung, launching in Spring 2017 with a bold design that caught the eye of the well-documented Galaxy Note 7 battery woes of the past six months.

The S8 marked a design shift for Galaxy devices, with a wider edge-to-edge screen with minimal bezels, making it one of the best looking phones we’d seen at the time. It wasn’t just a good looking device, either; it offered excellent hardware and a great camera, combined with a remarkably understated software implementation. Best of all, the batteries don’t catch fire.

Samsung recently introduced a formal policy of providing security updates to Galaxy devices for four years, including both S-series flagships and even budget-oriented A-series models. Premium devices tend to get monthly updates, at least for the first few years, with the cadence decreasing to quarterly or semi-annual updates towards the end of their life. It’s one of the best support policies in the industry – especially for Android, and roughly in line with Apple’s typically long device support schedule.

While the S8 and S8 Plus have reached the end of that support period, the S8 is still Active on the schedule for quarterly updates and the S8 Lite is on the semi-annual schedule.