Two older Galaxy S series receive surprising firmware update

The Samsung Galaxy S7 series and the Samsung Galaxy S8 series, released in 2016 and 2017 respectively, both lost support from Samsung four years after their release. For the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the loss of support took place in 2020, and it happened in 2021 for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Since then, neither series has received so much as a security update. But those who still use these handsets have been pleasantly surprised by Sammy.

Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 phones have just received an update from Samsung. Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge receive firmware version G93xFXXU8EVG3. For Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the firmware update received is version G95xFXXUCDVG4. Both updates fix a problem with the GPS. Clearly, Samsung felt it was important enough to push the firmware out to phones that no longer support. An example of this can be seen with a similar update Samsung recently released the Galaxy J7, a phone it released in 2015.

The story was first reported by GalaxyClub (via SamMobile), who added that Samsung is developing similar updates for the 2015 Galaxy S6 series and the 2018 Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Samsung is reportedly updating these phones because they still have many active users who depend on their GPS features.

These updates will not include the latest security fixes, meaning these models are extremely vulnerable to being exploited by bad actors. If your handset has lost support, consider buying a new phone. For example, the Galaxy S22 series and the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 come with five years of security updates and four years of Android updates.

Not all phone manufacturers would update models that no longer receive support, even if they had a decent number of active users. It’s clear that Samsung is one of those companies that will take into account those who continue to use their older handsets.

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