TL;DR
  • The three-year-old Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will no longer get monthly security updates.
  • Instead, owners of the phone will have to wait three months to get cumulative security updates.
  • Samsung will be slowly phasing out support for the Note 9.

If you are still holding onto your Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the good news is that you can still get security software updates for the phone. The bad news, as revealed in a newly updated Samsung Security Updates page, (via 9to5Google) is that the software patches will now be released on a quarterly schedule, rather than monthly.

The change in updates is not exactly a surprise. The Galaxy Note 9 has been available since September 2018, so having 36 months of regular monthly security updates is actually better than normal. It’s likely that the Galaxy Note 9 updates will continue at their quarterly rate for at least the next year.

Galaxy Note 9 owners looking to upgrade should perhaps consider the recently launched Galaxy Z Fold 3. With Samsung deciding not to launch a new member of the Note family in 2021, the Galaxy Z Fold 3, with its large folding screen and its support for the Note’s S Pen, is a worthy, if expensive, alternative. If you’re looking for other great options from Samsung,t ake a look at our guide to the best Samsung phones.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 laying down screen on
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
The first foldable with an IP rating for water resistance.
Samsung's latest foldable flagship looks a lot like the 2020 model but boasts some new design elements and some better specs. It also has an IPX8 rating and supports the use of an S Pen, all at a lower entry price than previous years.