The days where having vanilla Android experience was seen as a significant achievement for hardcore Android fans are long gone. In fact, you no longer need pure Android in order to get the best Android experience, especially at a time when the idea of “pure” Android is no more (Nexuses and Pixels have two slightly different versions of Android).
Over the years, hardcore Android fans have criticized Samsung for its heavy customizations that meant rolling out of software updates remained a massive task for the company. However, lately, we are seeing a different type of Samsung thanks to the new Experience skin, which is not only lighter and smoother, but also supports faster software updates.
Samsung Experience made its debut with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ back in April and since then, the company has been rolling out timely updates to the pair each and every month – apart from September. During September, the company was busy rolling out fixes for the BlueBorne exploit and as such, no phone received the month’s security patch. For those who have updated the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to the new Android Oreo beta, you’ll notice that the security patch level is dated September 5th.
After the month of October went by without Samsung rolling out security updates to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, many had resolved to wait for this month’s update. Interestingly, Samsung has other ideas and as at the time of this writing, the tech giant has just kicked off the official rollout of the October Android security patch in South Korea. It’s already November and Google has already rolled out this month’s security updates to the Nexuses and Pixels, but it’s when Samsung’s flagship phones are getting last month’s version.
This draws concern as to how far Samsung is willing to go in order to ensure that its flagship phones get regular updates on a monthly basis regardless of the happenings, just like Google. On the brighter side, it does show that the company is working to ensure that nothing goes unattended to. We hope to see the rollout spreading to other markets sooner than later, especially since the company has already published this month’s Android security patch that should start rolling out in the coming weeks.
As noted, the update is currently rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ units on KT, SKT and LG U+ carriers in South Korea. We don’t know when other markets will start receiving the same treat, but you can try forcing the update through Settings – or simply wait for the OTA notification.