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Monthly updates promised for Galaxy S10 family, might not be April Fool's joke

This isn't the first time Samsung's committed to delivering monthly updates and then not follow through.

Published onApril 1, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Back Angle

Over at the official Samsung Mobile Security website, the company just updated its schedule of which of its Android smartphones and tablets will receive monthly security updates, which ones will receive quarterly updates, and which ones will receive “regular” updates. The brand new lineup of Samsung Galaxy S10 devices is now on the monthly list, as first spotted by Android Police.

That means, ostensibly, that Samsung Galaxy S10 device owners can expect at least one security update every month. However, today is April Fool’s Day.

Assuming this isn’t just a prank, bro, this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve heard Samsung commit to monthly security updates for some of its devices and then not follow through on that promise. For example, almost every U.S. variant of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus was stuck on the February 2018 security patch for over three months.

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A photo of a Samsung Galaxy S10 from the side

Even when Samsung does deliver on a monthly security update promise, it is often for specific devices in specific locations, with many of the U.S. variants getting the updates later. Samsung points to some of these issues being carrier-related, though.

For what it’s worth, the Samsung Galaxy S10 family did receive the most recent March 2019 security patch. So Samsung is starting off OK.

In related news, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been demoted to the quarterly update schedule (the Galaxy S7 Active is still getting monthly updates, though). Many of Samsung’s new tablets — including the just-released Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 — are also on the quarterly updates list.

Time will tell if U.S. Galaxy S10 owners will get the timely updates Samsung promises.

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