If you are still the proud owner of a Galaxy S8 then Samsung has just announced some news that’s unlikely to please you. Until now, these 2017 flagships received regular monthly updates which help them to stay up to speed with the latest features and security patches. However, with the S8 now three years old it seems Samsung has reached a point where it can no longer continue pushing out these regular upgrades.
From this month, the S8 now joins other devices – such as the Galaxy S7 Active – in getting quarterly security updates.
Although this should still keep your phone relatively safe and secure if you want to be treated to those more regular updates you’ll need to get online and buy a new phone.
Here’s a full list of phones that are still part of the monthly security update schedule.
FOLDABLES • Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Flip
GALAXY S RANGE • Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, 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 NOTE RANGE • Galaxy Note8, Galaxy Note9, Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Note10 5G, Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy Note10+ 5G, Galaxy Note10 Lite
Of course, along with the monthly software changes there is another bonus of upgrading to a more recent phone as the Galaxy S8 never received Android 10 (or One UI 2 as Samsung names it).
This latest software brings a whole swathe of improvements to Samsung’s range of phones including a dark mode and built-in screen recorder.
Google’s new gesture navigation method also arrived in Android 10 for phones including the Galaxy S10. That means you can seamlessly switch between apps and go back home with the flick of your finger.
Before the release of this One UI 2 update, Samsung made a big song and dance about how it’s minimised the size of pop-ups in Android 10 so users can still focus on what they’re doing.
The Seoul-based company said: “The clean and easy-to-use interface allows users to enjoy minimised pop-ups, embedded loading indicators and simplified button arrangements.
The new One UI features a streamlined design where notifications take up less space, so users are kept up-to-date while being able to focus on the task at hand. You stay focused while enjoying your favourite content in full screen and never miss any essential information.”
In addition to minimising pop-ups, Samsung is also giving users a range of new customisation features that allow you to change their aesthetic.
For example, if you regularly receive a bunch of phone calls, you have the option to make the alert take up the entire display, a large portion of it or a small segment. This can be altered in Samsung’s Phone app.
Published at Thu, 07 May 2020 06:22:00 +0000