In terms of monthly security patches, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 remains fairly up-to-date as users are on the August security patch (in Europe), but once the Galaxy Note 7 starts taking off again as 2017 beckons, the Note 4 may fade out and join the Note 3 in obscurity.
While it’s understandable that the Note 3 isn’t able to be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat due to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor being incompatible with the latest software system, there’s no such excuse for the Note 4.
It uses the Snapdragon 805 chipset which can actually accommodate Nougat; that’s why the Nexus 6 is in line for the update. If there is one party to shoulder all the blame it’s Samsung, or maybe Google – but mostly Samsung.
So, without software and security updates, the Note 4 waves goodbye to Android. Many would surely argue that this tactic of shortening its life-cycle is Samsung forcing users to switch to the Galaxy Note 7, and they’re not wrong. Planned obsolescence has been proven a lucrative tactic.
But the Note 7 is problematic, while the Note 5 directly preceding it lacks expandable storage. There’s really nowhere else for Note 4 owners to turn, so they’ll just have to sit back and keep waving till Android is out of sight.