Samsung owners warned two handsets will no longer receive free upgrades – and could become a major security risk

SAMSUNG owners of two particular phones have received the bad news that their handsets may no longer receive security updates.

The Korean phone company promises customers four years of updates for devices launched in 2019 or later.


Both the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 were launched in 2020Credit: Reuters
The Galaxy Note 20


The Galaxy Note 20Credit: Alamy

While select newer devices receive up to five years of monthly, quarterly and biannual security updates.

But time appears to be running out for the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy S20 devices.

The pair, and all the models that came after, received a security update in April.

However, this pushes them towards the ‘end-of-life status’ that means they drop off the list of Samsung’s security priority, TechRadar noted.

Both the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy S20, which hit shelves in 2020, have already stopped receiving operating support.

This means the April security update could have been their last – or at least, one of the final patches.

Without regular security updates, devices can be left open to cyber threats and bugs.

These devices will also no longer benefit from new operating features, like the ones inside Android 14 or One UI 6.

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What does this mean for me?

If you’re a Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy S20 owner, your device will continue working as normal.

But over time, you may notice the handset become more sluggish and slow.

The biggest worry is that these devices can become hotbeds for all kinds of security bugs, without Samsung’s watchful eye.

There is, unfortunately, very little customers can do to protect themselves from these security flaws other than buy a newer device.

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