The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018), an older but popular midranger, will receive fewer updates from now on. Samsung will now release a software update once per quarter, instead of monthly.
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Less often Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) updates
The Galaxy A8 (2018), which was released in the Netherlands about three years ago, will now receive updates less often. This website reports GalaxyClub. Where the device was provided with a security patch every month in recent years, this is now done every quarter. The A8 (2018) was one of the few Galaxy A phones that got updates that often.
Samsung’s official update page shows that the company continues to support the phone. Security updates for the phone are now bundled and then released together. Samsung does release monthly updates for almost all of its high-end smartphones, including the recently released Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
It is unclear how long Samsung will continue to support the A8 (2018), but users will probably be fine for another year. That’s good news because it keeps them protected from operating system vulnerabilities. In addition, Samsung can continue to roll out new functions for the smartphone. However, the Galaxy A8 (2018) no longer has to expect major Android updates.
New Galaxy A phones
For users of more recent Galaxy A smartphones, nothing will change for the time being. Devices like the Galaxy A51, A41 and A71 have been in the overview for some time with the devices that receive an update every quarter. For the A51 and A71 also applies that they get three major Android upgrades. This means that they will be updated to Android 13 anyway. The A41 gets ‘only’ two Android version updates.
Last week, the Samsung Galaxy S21 phones were officially released in the Netherlands. With suggested retail prices of 849, 1049 and 1249 euros respectively, the S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra are cheaper than their predecessors. The smartphones have a new design, better cameras and a faster processor. Also different is that Samsung does not supply a charger with the phones: you have to purchase one separately.
→ Want to know more? Also read the extensive Samsung Galaxy S21 review and Galaxy S21 Ultra review. Below you can see our video review of the regular S21, the entry-level model.