Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets won't receive Android Marshmallow OS updates?

Posted by B. Johnson
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Well, a bad news just arrived to the users of Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets like a week ago. So according to many sources, all of the tablets under Samsung Galaxy Tab S series reportedly will not taste the official release of Android Lollipop OS from Samsung.

This news of course is quite surprising to hear given that Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets are really well-equipped when it comes to hardware specs. And it’s just weird that Samsung decides to not release Android Lollipop OS on its devices that are considered as flagship.

Actually, this is really similar with what happens to Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO tablets that also have been written off by Samsung to receive the Android Lollipop updates, despite having beefy specs under the hood.

So if you happen to own Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet right now, then you must accept the fact that your tablet will be stuck for good at Android Kitkat OS.

This is definitely a bummer given that Android Lollipop OS brings a lot of huge improvements and enhancements over its predecessor, Kitkat OS. And it would be awesome to see Lollipop OS run on Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets, especially with all of its features and visual experience that it comes with.

In fact, I think flagship devices like Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets still deserve to get even the latest and greatest Android Nougat OS.

About Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets

Anyway, if you never heard of Samsung Galaxy Tab S before, so this tablet series consists in 2 variants of models. The first one is the smaller model packing an 8.4-inch screen, while the second model comes with a larger 10.5-inch screen.

They both came out in the market like a few months after Samsung launched its productivity tablets under Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO series in early 2014.

When it comes to display, Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets are still considered as the best in even today’s standards. Both are sporting 2560x1600 pixels resolution and Super AMOLED screens, which of course will look insanely sharp and gorgeous with over-saturated colors, something that has been the trademark on most of Samsung flagship devices.

As far as the performance goes, these two Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets also look quite impressive thanks to Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 and a huge 3GB of RAM, which have been found powering most of Samsung high-end devices in 2014-2015.

So with this tablet, you can literally play any Android games, even the most graphically demanding games on the market in 2015, like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5, Dead Trigger 2 or GTA San Andreas.

In terms of design, Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet takes some design cues from Samsung’s flagship smartphone - Samsung Galaxy Tab S5. So it has that holographic-patterned finish on its back, chrome trimming around the side and also the fingerprint scanner.

Unfortunately, despite being high-performing devices with beefy specs and everything, apparently there will be no official Android Lollipop updates for Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets.

Upgrading to Lollipop OS with CyanogenMOD 12 OS

The good news is, there’s actually a workaround that you could apply if you want to enjoy Android Lollipop experience on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet. And that’s by using 3rd party custom ROM such as CyanogenMOD OS, etc. This is what exactly happens to Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO tablets.

So even though Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO tablets will not receive the official Android Lollipop updates from Samsung, you can still upgrade its Kitkat OS to Lollipop by installing CyanogenMOD 12 custom ROM, which is based on Android Lollipop 5.0 OS.

As a matter of fact, this Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 tablet can also be upgraded to Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS by using CyanogenMOD 13.

So if you currently own this device and already feel bored with its ‘Magazine’ UI, you may want to install these CyanogenMOD OS to taste a different experience out of this tablet.

Writer's comments

Bottom line, even though Samsung has decided to not release Android Lollipop OS on Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets, there’s still another way to enjoy Android Lollipop and even Marshmallow experience out of this tablet.

And one of them is by installing CyanogenMOD OS or any other 3rd party custom ROMs made by developers on XDA forum.

I’m actually quite interested to find out more about how to install the unofficial Android Lollipop OS on Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets. So if you currently own this tablet, then you better stick around on this website.
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