Samsung Galaxy S6, the flagship smartphone released in 2015, has reached its end of life. The South Korean company has reportedly decided to stop supporting the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and the Galaxy S6 Active. The Galaxy S6 was the first major redesign for Samsung’s Galaxy series as the company switched from plastic design to metal and glass casing.
Samsung has a relatively poor track record when it comes to software updates, and it has not been specifically good with release of new Android version for years old devices. However, the company did well with the Galaxy S6 series with the smartphone getting two major Android software updates, and monthly security fix until February of this year. Sadly, Samsung is pulling the plug on the upgrade cycle of the smartphone to focus on newer devices, reports Droid Life.
The Galaxy S6 series launched as a fresh lease of life to Galaxy series in 2015. It made a bold switch to glass back and was the last in the Galaxy series to feature a variant with flat display. The smartphone marked the end of removable back covers on Galaxy lineup, and still continues to be remembered as one of the best designed smartphones in the past decade.
Given Samsung’s reputation with software upgrades, it is remarkable that the company kept Galaxy S6 series alive software updates for three full years. For instance, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launched last year are yet to receive Oreo updates in all parts of the world, and Samsung has only recently started pushing out the update.
The Galaxy S6 launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and received updates for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat. The smartphone has been receiving monthly security updates for three years, which makes it one of the most consistently updated Android smartphones. There were rumors that Samsung will release Oreo for the smartphone, but it is now clear that the smartphone will not get any new taste of Google’s dessert-named mobile operating system.
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The smartphone received its last security update in February, which leaves it vulnerable to new security threats that would have been discovered in the past few months. However, considering the launch cycle dating back three years, it is easy to say that the device has served its owners well.