It happens to every device sooner or later (HTC HD2 notwithstanding): after months, if not years of dutiful support from the manufacturer, eventually we see software updates dry up. It’s not necessarily a death sentence for every piece of hardware, but especially in a world where regular access to system updates can mean the difference between operating a secure device and putting all your private data at risk, continued software support is arguably more important now than ever. As such, we’re always sad to learn when a manufacturer decides to pull the plug on updates, and today we’ve got some bad news to share with certain owners of Samsung tablets.
Samsung introduced the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 back at CES 2014, and when we had the opportunity to sit down and use the tablet for a week, we came away pleasantly surprised by what it had to offer.
You’d think that Samsung would have gotten around to updating the tablet to Android 5.0 somewhere in the time since it launched, but months and months went by without word of an update.
Today Samsung confirms that not only will the TabPRO 8.4 never get Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the manufacturer can’t even be bothered to update it to Lollipop; it’s doomed to live out the rest of its days on KitKat – an Android release well known to include some dangerous security holes.
What’s a TabPRO 8.4 owner to do? Luckily, you’ve got options, and custom ROMs like those offered by the CyanogenMod project are available to get your tablet running the latest code – no thanks to Samsung.