Once upon a time, Samsung appeared to have a STM problem that made it conveniently forget one-year-old smartphones. That change applied not just to the most recent models, but even older ones have benefited also. Lately, the world’s biggest smartphone maker has been lauded for even outdoing Google in promising years of support for its phones. Unfortunately, all goodies must come to an end, as they assert , and Samsung bids goodbye to the Galaxy Note FE because it also “demotes” the Galaxy Note 9 to quarterly maintenance.
The Galaxy Note FE has had a stimulating start. It had been meant to “replace” the Galaxy Note 7 that exploded left and right in 2016. In spirit, it had been still the Galaxy Note 7, just with a hard and fast battery design. It saw moderate success despite consumer caution, but it’s now time to place it to rest, a minimum of as far as software updates go.
Launched in 2017, the Galaxy Note FE saw two major Android updates ending in Android 9.0 Pie. After four years of security updates, Samsung’s updated software support page finally drops the Galaxy Note FE completely, ending its support. Owners will either need to live without security updates or perhaps upgrade to something newer.
Its successors, however, will still receive updates for the approaching months, though at a slower pace. The Galaxy Note 9 now joins the Galaxy Note 8 in receiving quarterly updates after three years of monthly support. Launched in 2019, the Galaxy Note 9 can perhaps be remembered because the last of its line to possess a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card slot, and no punch-hole cutout.
The Galaxy Z family is getting some action thereon page, with the newest Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 added to the monthly list. These two are bound to get three years of Android upgrades, which can or might not translate to 3 Android versions, also as four years of security updates which will go from monthly to quarterly to bi-annually before finally reaching their end of life.