If you’re still using a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus, it’s time for you to buy a new smartphone. That’s because, as reported by Android Authority, both devices will no longer receive security updates, leaving you vulnerable to malware.
According to the explanations of the media, Samsung recently removed the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus from its page listing the devices that the manufacturer updates. Previously, Samsung moved these two devices to the list of models receiving quarterly updates, which was already a sign that support was about to end.
In all, the Korean giant offered support for these two models for four years. Indeed, the Galaxy S9 series was unveiled by Samsung in February 2018, during the Mobile World Congress conference. Then, the duo was released in March.
Today, Samsung supports its smartphones for longer
Manufacturers of Android devices are often singled out for the short lifespan of their products, while some iPhones receive updates to new iOS versions (and not only security updates) for more than five years. But the good news is that Samsung has made tremendous progress in this area.
After the release of Android 12, the Korean giant was quicker than usual to deploy this version of the Android operating system on compatible devices. And it will also extend the life of its products.
In February, Samsung announced that select devices will receive updates for four generations of the Android operating system. And regarding security updates, Samsung also agrees to provide them for at least five years for certain devices.
Which model to replace the Galaxy S9 with?
In any case, if you are still using a Samsung Galaxy S9, its logical successor would be one of the Galaxy S22 series models. There’s the standard Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S22 Plus, with a larger display, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which is the most expensive model. The latter, in addition to having an almost uncompromising technical sheet, is also equipped with the S Pen stylus of the old Galaxy Note.
Otherwise, if you don’t feel like breaking the bank, you can also opt for Samsung’s mid-range devices, such as the Galaxy A53. It certainly doesn’t have the features of a premium model, but it is very good value for money, and should offer a smooth experience.
Of course, you don’t have to replace a Samsung with a Samsung. The competition also offers very good smartphones, such as the Redmi Note, Poco, or OnePlus Nord in the mid-range segment, or premium models from Chinese manufacturers (Xiaomi 12 Pro, OnePlus 10 Pro, Oppo Find X5, etc. ).