Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 were previously informed by Samsung Netherlands’ Facebook page that their tablets may not receive the Marshmallow build of Android, and they were disappointed because they didn’t want to be stuck with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. It seems that Samsung has changed its mind and started rolling out Android 6.0.1 to the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Wi-Fi, as a user has reported this to PhoneArena.
The tipster said that the update weighs in at 900MB and it brings contextual search from Google Now On Tap, Doze – which will shut down apps in the background when the tablet is inactive, to improve battery life, and users are now able to give or deny an app permission to use parts of the device, such as the microphone, camera or location. These are only some of the improvements that were made to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and if users want to manually check if the update is available for their devices, they should head to Settings > General > About device > Software update > Check for updates. Before downloading the installation file, it’s recommendable to connect to a wireless network, to avoid high data bills.
Both the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 are powered by an Exynos 5420 octa-core (4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & 4×1.3 GHz Cortex-A7) processor backed by Mali-T628 MP6 graphics and 3GB of RAM and offer two variants of internal memories with capacities of 16GB and 32GBm but they support expansion up to 256GB with a microSD card. They have a primary camera of 8MP with autofocus and LED flash and a secondary camera of 2.1MP, but the smaller model with an 8.4-inch screen (1600 x 2560 pixels resolution) houses a much smaller battery of 4900 mAh battery, while the larger variant with a 10.5-inch screen (2560 x 1600 pixels resolution) is kept alive by a 7900 mAh battery.