It’s still weird to say, but Samsung is still the best of the best when it comes to Android updates these days, and long-term support is what really seals the deal. Tonight, however, we can pour one for Samsung’s favorite. The owner of the thin frames is officially reassured, as Samsung has discontinued support for the Android update for its Galaxy S8 and S8 +.
On the Samsung update page, which describes in detail which models qualify for the update frequency, the Galaxy S8 series has been dropped.
Samsung updates the Galaxy S8 every two years anyway, so it’s not exactly a huge loss, but it̵
It is worth noting that some variants of the S8 are still in the schedule. The S8 Lite still gets biennial updates, and the S8 Active gets some quarterly updates to some extent.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 + ushered in the era of frameless smartphones by cutting the top and side bezels en masse compared to other phones of the time. By comparison, the Galaxy S8 was released just 6 months after the original Google Pixel, which had a legal landing strip for the top and bottom frames. It was also Samsung’s first non-Galaxy Nexus device to support on-screen navigation, which, frankly, is crazy to think only four years later. Over the next two generations, Samsung will further complement the slim bezels and refine the design features that debuted in the S8 of its other flagships.
RIP Galaxy S8, you will be remembered fondly.
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