Samsung cuts off updates for Samsung Galaxy S6 family

Samsung Galaxy S6

Waiting for Android Oreo to drop on your Samsung Galaxy? If you bought a phone from the Galaxy S6 lineup, you might be stuck with Android Nougat for the time being. 

On Samsung’s Android Security Upgrades page, it lists all of the devices currently receiving monthly or quarterly security updates, including its smartphones. But it notes that this list is “subject to change as support period expires”. 

That support period looks to have expired for the S6 series. The Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy S6 Active have all been removed from the support page entirely. 

Considering the S6 came out in April 2015, it appears there's a three-year cut-off for Android support on Samsung phones. Samsung still promises monthly support for the Galaxy A5, but only if you purchased it in 2016 or later. If you bought it in 2015, you’re officially stuck with Android 7 and its last security patches. 

Samsung S6 users don’t need to ditch their phones immediately, though. Google’s Nougat OS was updated last December, so it’s not obsolete just yet. And if you wanted to take advantage of Oreo’s newest tech, like AR functionality, you’d need to upgrade to Samsung S8 or later anyway.

Still, it’s disappointing to see Samsung drop support for a phone that hasn’t even been out for three full years – especially considering that the iPhone 5S, which came out in 2013, still gets updates for iOS 11

Samsung hasn't officially commented on its decision to drop support for the S6 lineup – we'll update this post if it does.

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Michael Hicks

Michael Hicks began his freelance writing career with TechRadar in 2016, covering emerging tech like VR and self-driving cars. Nowadays, he works as a staff editor for Android Central, but still writes occasional TR reviews, how-tos and explainers on phones, tablets, smart home devices, and other tech.