Samsung's Galaxy S8 was a well-timed success.

One of Samsung's best phones is no longer available

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has issued its final security upgrade four years since its introduction. Samsung's Galaxy S8 was a well-timed success story, debuting in the spring of 2017 with a daring concept that took attention away from the well-documented Galaxy Note 7 battery issues of the previous six months.

With a wider-aspect edge-to-edge screen and slim bezels, the S8 marked a style change for Galaxy smartphones, and it was one of the best-looking phones we'd seen at the time. It wasn't just a good-looking device; it had superior hardware and a decent camera, as well as a tech implementation that was surprisingly restrained. The batteries, most of all, did not catch fire.


Samsung recently announced a formal strategy of offering four years of security upgrades to Galaxy smartphones, for both flagship S-series models and budget-friendly A-series models. Premium smartphones typically receive monthly updates for the first couple of years, with the cadence slowing to quarterly or biannual updates as the system nears the end of its life cycle. It's one of the industry's best service policies, at least for Android, and on par with Apple's traditionally lengthy mobile support plan.

While the service span for the S8 and S8 Plus has ended, the S8 Active is still receiving quarterly updates, and the S8 Lite is receiving biannual updates.

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