News Tech: Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 series, which were released in 2016 and 2017, lost Samsung support four years after their debuts. The loss of support for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge occurred in 2020, and the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ experienced it in 2021. Since that time, neither series has even seen a security update. But Sammy has really astonished those who are still using these phones.
Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 handsets have just received an update from Samsung. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are receiving firmware version G93xFXXU8EVG3. For the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the firmware update being received is version G95xFXXUCDVG4. Both updates fix an issue with the GPS. Obviously, Samsung felt that it was important enough to push out the firmware to phones that no longer have support. An example of this can be seen with a similar update that Samsung recently released for the Galaxy J7, a phone it released in 2015.
These updates will not include the latest security patches which means that these models are extremely vulnerable to being exploited by bad actors. If your handset has lost support, you might consider purchasing 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.
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