Four years after release: no more updates for the Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung has removed the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge from the list of devices that receive software support. It has been more than four years since both devices appeared on the market.
No more Galaxy S7 updates
On March 11, 2016, Samsung released both Galaxy S7 models in the Netherlands. Since then, the device has been experiencing turbulent times in the field of updating – at least, on paper. At the end of 2017, the Consumers' Association advised against buying the device, due to Samsung's poor promises for future software support. Now, more than four years after release and almost 2.5 years after the advice of the Consumers' Association, the support indeed seems to stop.
Samsung has now really removed the S7 and S7 Edge from its list of phones that regularly receive security updates. Until the spring of 2019, the devices received the latest security patches monthly, since then they only came about every quarter. The most recent update arrived less than two weeks ago when they received the March 2020 update. At that time we already speculated that quarterly support could also end soon, and indeed that is exactly what is happening now.
Practically speaking, Samsung has regularly updated the Galaxy S7 series for almost a year longer than it did with the Galaxy S6 series. Although these devices also received the latest patches every month for three years, after that period there was no regularity to be discovered in the further scarce updates. Samsung has completed the fourth year of updates with the Galaxy S7 series on a regular schedule.
Do you still have a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge in use? Then you do not have to immediately throw it in the click. The devices were updated last month. In principle, you are still just as comfortable with the current software, which of course is not immediately outdated and unsafe, only because Samsung no longer makes promises about further updates.
Are you determined to use your current Galaxy S7 model for a year or more? Then it might not be a bad idea to read about custom ROMs and flash them so that you can continue to use newer software for longer. For example, check the Galaxy S7 community on XDA developers. There you will find ROMs for the devices that are based on recent Android versions – Android 10 – but that do not come from Samsung's official tube.
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