First-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 begins receiving OTA Marshmallow after all (Update: 8.4 too)

Maybe to better appreciate the software support efforts of a few unjustly criticized Android device manufacturers, false alarms like the one issued in Netherlands earlier this week are needed.

It turns out Samsung never planned to leave the summer 2014-released high-end Galaxy Tab S stranded on a desert Lollipop island, already sending over-the-air Marshmallow goodies to the LTE-enabled 10.5-inch variant in Germany.

Would the rollout have begun without Samsung Mobile Netherlands first taking to Facebook to drop a bombshell on its fans, you’d have been inclined to focus on the negative right now. Like, how Android 7.0 Nougat is heading to select Nexus gadgets as we speak, while the still potent, not-that-old original Galaxy Tab S 10.5 barely moves to 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the OS build it’ll probably run its course on.

But after the recent scare, owners of the Super AMOLED Quad HD-sporting, octa-core Exynos 5420-packing slate will feel relieved they’re at least treated to a battery-optimizing, security-enhancing, Now on Tap-adding, app permission-modifying UI makeover.

In Germany, the OTA update requires a little over 800MB of free space to install, and it remains to be seen how fast it can spread to other European countries, both for the 10.5 and 8.4-inch first-generation Galaxy Tab S. All’s well that (begins to) end well.

Update: That was quick. Literally hours after the jumbo-sized model’s 6.0 rollout started, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE is also brought to Android build M officially, at least on German shores. Huzzah!

Sources: SamMobile (1), (2)

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