Samsung has dealt a blow to owners of the well-liked Samsung Galaxy Tab S, with news that the tablet series will not receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The last official update the devices received was for Android 5.0.2 Lollipop – a version of the mobile operating system that was first released in December 2014.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S series is a relatively popular tablet amongst Android enthusiasts. As a premium product it was more expensive than most Android tablets when it was released back in June 2014, although it had very good specs to match its price point.
Samsung launched the range of tablets in two different screen sizes, with 8.4- and 10.5-inch variants available.
There were already concerns starting to develop before the news was made public, given that Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released over 10 months ago, and there had been no word from Samsung about when to expect an update.
The information has come from Samsung’s Netherlands Facebook page, in response to an enquiry from a customer.
There is nothing specific about the Netherlands market that would lead to a localised decision being taken. It is therefore likely that this news will affect Samsung Galaxy Tab S owners around the globe.
As far as smartphones are concerned, at least, it is generally expected that manufacturers provide two years of OS updates for premium products.
The fact that Samsung are providing a different level of service with its tablets will frustrate many, especially when Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released only 16 month after the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series was launched.