The Samsung Galaxy S9 was originally released back in 2018, which means that it is now three years old. It also means, according to a sighting by Droid-Life, that it has had its update schedule downgraded. What this means is that instead of receiving monthly security updates, owners of the phone will only be able to expect them every quarter.
While it’s nice to see that Samsung is still keeping the phone updated, quarterly updates means that there are longer gaps in which the phone will be left vulnerable to any exploits or bugs that are discovered in between. To be fair, this isn’t something exclusive to Samsung as other handset makers practice something similar. The same can also be said for previous Samsung handsets.
Like we said, it wouldn’t be reasonable to expect Samsung to keep its entire portfolio of phones updated for years on end unlike Apple, so this can’t be helped. We’re not sure how many Galaxy S9 devices are still actively used in the wild, so we don’t know how many people might be affected by this.
If you’re still using the phone until today and have been looking for a reason to upgrade, then this might be a good time to do so. Samsung’s latest flagships are pretty powerful devices, or if you’re on a budget, the recently launched Galaxy A12 could be a worthy contender as well.