Every month Samsung gets a head start on security patches by letting one or two slip out in the days before we actually flip over the calendar — further cementing its position as the king of updates. Now it's that time once again, as Samsung releases the August patch for more and more of its Galaxy smartphones.
Samsung has been trying to improve its image in software lately, especially when it comes to security updates for Android devices. What better way than to release an update several days early? That's the case with the May security update, which is already rolling out to several devices, with new features coming to select flagships.
Samsung customers hoping to hold the company to its promises of software updates are keeping a close eye on the update schedule page, and so are we. The latest change to the constantly-updated list features a few additions, a few subtractions, and a significant change for a former flagship, the Galaxy S9. The S9 and its bigger brother the S9+ are now getting quarterly updates, a downgrade from the monthly schedule.
Traditionally, Samsung’s Galaxy A series phones have gone official before their flagship counterparts, but it's the other way round this time. About two months after the Galaxy S21’s grand debut, Samsung is holding another digital event — Galaxy Awesome Unpacked — later this month to most likely unveil the long-rumored Galaxy A52 and A72 mid-rangers.
The Galaxy A71 (including its 5G variant) was one of Samsung's best-selling smartphones this year, offering most of the features you could want in a phone at a mid-range price. Samsung now seems to be planning a hardware refresh, as device renders have now been published by Steve Hemmerstoffer (OnLeaks).
Samsung's Galaxy A series is one of its best-selling, thanks in part to the "flagship feel" without the flagship price. The A71 is incredibly popular, bearing a close resemblance to the S20 series and its impressive spec sheet. It seems as though its successor, the A72, will have even more to offer thanks to a penta-camera setup, making it the first Samsung smartphone to boast that many rear sensors.