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Samsung kills support for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android handset no longer supported with official updates as of September 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung continues to ignore those still using premium handsets that are far from museum material yet. The latest victims are the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ — both being barely three years old — which have just been dropped off the list of Samsung devices still receiving monthly security updates.

Samsung has a serious problem with some of its older flagships: many of them are still around and in perfect working condition. However, it is essential for today's smartphone users to also receive regular security updates. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ have just been removed from the list of devices eligible for monthly updates. 

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ back in August 2015, so most of their adopters still using them had these handsets for less than three years. The latest security patch these handsets received arrived last month and, when speaking about major Android versions, both have only been updated to Android 7.0 Nougat.

Although Samsung might issue irregular updates in the future for some critical vulnerabilities, this still does not look good at all for them. Fortunately, the more adventurous users can get the latest Android features thanks to LineageOS (as you can see on this page, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ users can already enjoy Android Oreo on their handsets thanks to this community-driven effort).

Do you agree that Samsung has pulled the plug too early or not? Are you one of those already running LineageOS or another custom ROM on Samsung devices no longer supported via the official update channels? Let us know in the comments.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-09- 5 (Update: 2018-09- 5)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.