Samsung devices getting monthly, quarterly, or biannual security updates | #android | #security

Original story (published on July 14, 2021) follows:

Samsung has been on top of its Android software updates game lately and its Android 11 update rollout has been testament to that.

The OEM announced last year that many of its devices will receive three major Android OS updates. Also, the Samsung devices that came out in 2019 will receive four years of security updates.

The Galaxy S10 series is among the many to receive 3 major Android OS updates

So far, Samsung has been doing a pretty good job holding on to its word as eligible devices are still getting the update to Android 11. Hopefully, the OEM will hold stick with its Android 12 update as well.

Moreover, several Samsung devices at times receive security updates even before Google Pixel devices. This clearly shows what software support actually means for Samsung.

However, since the OEM has a vast catalogue of Android devices, it is not feasible to equally distribute security updates. This is why its devices receive security updates on a monthly, quarterly, and biannual basis.


While the OEM currently has a lot of models in the monthly, quarterly, and biannual brackets, the lists are subject to change over time.

This further means that devices that are currently in the monthly bracket may move to quarterly or biannual bracket as they reach the end of their software support cycle.

So, let’s take a look at all the devices from Samsung’s monthly, quarterly, and biannual security update brackets:

Models for Monthly Updates

– Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Fold 5G, Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
– Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy S10 Lite
– Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20+ 5G, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Galaxy S21 5G, Galaxy S21+ 5G, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
– Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10 5G, Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy Note10+ 5G, Galaxy Note10 Lite, Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Note20 5G, Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
– Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy A52s 5G
– Enterprise Models: Galaxy A50, Galaxy XCover4s, Galaxy Xcover FieldPro, Galaxy Xcover Pro, Galaxy Xcover5

Models for Quarterly Updates

– Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+
– Galaxy Note8
– Galaxy A10e, Galaxy A10s, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A40, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A70s, Galaxy A80, Galaxy A90 5G
– Galaxy A01, Galaxy A01 Core, Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A41, Galaxy A51, Galaxy A51 5G, Galaxy A71, Galaxy A71 5G
– Galaxy A02, Galaxy A02s, Galaxy A12, Galaxy A22, Galaxy A22 5G, Galaxy A32, Galaxy A32 5G, Galaxy A42 5G, Galaxy A72, Galaxy A82 5G
– Galaxy M10s, Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M40
– Galaxy M01, Galaxy M11, Galaxy M21, Galaxy M21 2021, Galaxy M31, Galaxy M31s, Galaxy M51, Galaxy M12, Galaxy M32, Galaxy M42 5G, Galaxy M62
– Galaxy F12, Galaxy F22, Galaxy F42 5G, Galaxy F52 5G, Galaxy F62
– Galaxy Tab A 8 (2019), Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), Galaxy Tab A7, Galaxy Tab A7 Lite, Galaxy Tab Active2, Galaxy Tab Active Pro, Galaxy Tab Active3
– Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Tab S7+, Galaxy Tab S7 FE
– W20 5G, W21 5G
– Enterprise Models: Galaxy A8 (2018)

Models for Biannual Updates

– Galaxy S8 Lite, Galaxy Note FE
– Galaxy A6, Galaxy A6+, Galaxy A7 (2018), Galaxy A8+ (2018), Galaxy A8 Star, Galaxy A8s, Galaxy A9 (2018), Galaxy A2 Core, Galaxy A10, Galaxy A20e, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30, Galaxy A60, Galaxy A70
– Galaxy J2 Core, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy J3 Top, Galaxy J4, Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J4 Core, Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy J6, Galaxy J6+, Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J7 Duo, Galaxy J7 Prime2, Galaxy J7 Top, Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Neo, Galaxy J7+, Galaxy J8
– Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, Galaxy M30
– Galaxy Tab A (2017), Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018), Galaxy Tab S4, Galaxy Tab E 8 Refresh, Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019), Galaxy Tab A with S pen, Galaxy Tab S5e, Galaxy View2

As mentioned earlier, the lists given above will change over time new Samsung devices will come out and old ones will reach the end of their software support cycle.

One of the many factors that might affect the aforementioned lists is the new five years of security updates policy from Samsung.

However, the said policy currently applies only to select premium enterprise models from the OEM.

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So, while it is possible that Samsung may also apply the same policy to its standard models, it is still a long shot for the time being.

That said, we will keep tracking this for further development and will update this story as and when Samsung decides to make changes to the said security update brackets.

Note: List last updated on September 14, 2021

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