Samsung‘s Galaxy Fold, the world’s first globally available foldable smartphone, has reached its end of life. The device will no longer receive updates. The Korean firm has also stopped official update support for a bunch of Galaxy A series phones. A few models have been dropped to less frequent security patches.
Galaxy Fold stops getting software updates from Samsung
Samsung launched the Galaxy Fold in February 2019. The foldable was supposed to hit the market in April of that year but some unexpected design and durability issues delayed its release. After a few months of a rollercoaster ride, it eventually went on sale in September 2019, marking the beginning of a new era in smartphone evolution.
Over the past four years, Samsung has pushed countless updates to the Galaxy Fold. The device got regular security patches along with three major Android OS upgrades. It arrived with Android 9 Pie and received updates to Android 10, Android 11, and Android 12. Unfortunately, that is all it was ever supposed to get. The foldable wasn’t eligible for Android 13.
At the end of September this year, the Galaxy Fold has also lived through the four years of promised security updates. Expectedly, Samsung has now removed it from its support website. The company may still push one or two updates to patch critical security issues but the phone isn’t eligible for any more updates in an official capacity. If you’re using it, you should consider upgrading to a newer model sooner than later.
A few more Samsung devices are losing update support
Alongside the Galaxy Fold, Samsung has also ended official support for the Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A30s, Galaxy A50s, Galaxy A70s, and Galaxy Tab Active Pro (via SamMobile). All of these devices debuted between September and October 2019. Now that we have stepped onto November 2023, they have completed four years on the market. The same policy makes them ineligible for any more updates.
The Galaxy M22 and Galaxy M52 5G, on the other hand, have been dropped to less frequent security updates. These devices arrived in October 2021 and received quarterly security patches for two years. Going forward, they will get biannual security patches, i.e. two updates in a year. The updates will come at least until October 2025. Note that Samsung has expanded its software policy to include up to four major Android OS upgrades and five years of security patches. Newer Galaxy devices will get updates for a longer period.