Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 has been formally removed from the company’s maintenance schedule more than four years after its initial release, which means software upgrades are probably no longer available.
Every smartphone and tablet that is now supported for software upgrades is covered by Samsung’s a website , which also provides information on how frequently those devices will receive updates. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4, which receive monthly updates, as well as the new Galaxy A23, which receives quarterly updates, have all been added to that website as of this week’s update by Samsung.
But this time around, things have also changed because Samsung has taken the Galaxy Note 9 off of this page, which implies that it will no longer get software upgrades.
Nearly four years ago to the day, in August of 2018, the Galaxy Note 9 made its debut. It was significant in particular for being one of Samsung’s first smartphones with 512GB of storage, adding Bluetooth functionality to the S Pen, and being one of the first $999 Android smartphones. Many people still view the Galaxy Note 9 as the final Galaxy Note that lived up to the device’s power user reputation because it was the last Galaxy Note to accommodate a microSD card.
Before the Note 9 was released, Samsung was renowned for offering reasonably quick and ongoing software support, which is still a strength of the firm today. The Galaxy Note 9 was initially only anticipated to receive Android updates for a few of years, with perhaps additional security fixes. Also narrowly missing was Note 9’s eligibility for Samsung’s extended software support, which promised four years of security upgrades. Nevertheless, the Note 9 received nearly four years of service until its latest upgrade, arriving in mid-August , which brought the July 2022 security patch to other Samsung smartphones first. Future security patches are always a possibility, but nothing is now certain.
With Android 10, the Galaxy Note 9’s support for major Android updates came to an end.
In addition to discontinuing the Galaxy Note 9 line, Samsung has rearranged a few other areas of its work scope.
Most importantly, monthly security updates are no longer available for the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10, as well as their 5G versions. Instead, customers will now receive updates every three to four months, or roughly every quarter.
Additionally, Samsung has changed the update cycles for the Galaxy A01 Core, M31s, and Galaxy Tab S7 to every two years. The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 (2018) and Galaxy Tab S4 have now completely disappeared from Samsung’s timetable, joining the Note 9.