As preparations for the release of Android 7.0 Nougat intensify, lots of people out there are still using Android Lollipop on their phones or even the older KitKat, wondering when or even if they will ever get to update their devices to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Popular devices from Samsung, among them 2013’s Samsung Galaxy S4 and the phablet Galaxy Note 3 are among the devices that owners have touted to be as capable as the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, which have already been updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There have been questions of when Samsung will finally concede this argument and come in with an update for the two handsets, but it seems the company has resolved to keep on with its supposed two-year policy that sees only devices in the said time-frame updated with the latest software. This puts the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 out as they are now 3 years old.
The tech savvy are still able to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on these aging devices via custom ROMs. In fact, these are the people who claim that the Galaxy S4 and its counterpart are still capable of running the new OS. But they have little to convince Samsung to roll out the OTA update to the handsets. This case is now extending to the tablet market where the company’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S is also another victim of circumstance.
Whether it is the smaller 8.4-inch model or the larger 10.5-inch variant – there is no Android 6.0 Marshmallow for you. Having been in the market for more than two years now, the Galaxy Tab S’ hardware is seen as not capable enough to handle the new Marshmallow OS, something that has forced Samsung to let it go.
The news about this lack of Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Galaxy Tab S tablet came in via the company’s Netherlands branch. It brings to an end rumors that have been suggesting the tablet will soon receive the update, with others going further to show off the tablet running the OS in benchmarks.
Do you still own a Galaxy Tab S tablet? How do you take this news?