Do you remember the Galaxy TabPRO series of tablets that Samsung launched last year with high-end specifications, a premium price and a short shelf life? If you do, you may have a better memory than Samsung because according to Samsung UK’s Twitter team, the TabPRO 8.4 model won’t be updated to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Which means you can probably forget about getting a Marshmallow update as well.
@JSmoove_12 We really don’t like bringing you news you don’t want to hear, but the TabPRO 8.4 will not be getting Lollipop. ^ES
When Twitter user @JSmoove_12 asked about a possible update to the TabPRO 8.4, Samsung UK replied with the bad news. The TabPRO 8.4 will be marooned on Android 4.4 KitKat, despite running hardware that is still quite capable. With its quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, the TabPRO 8.4 should be able to run Lollipop smoothly.
If running a newer version of Android on your TabPRO 8.4 is important to you, and you don’t mind tinkering a little with your device, you can always turn to third-party ROM’s. With remarkably good timing, CyanogenMod just yesterday announced that the TabPRO 8.4 was eligible for CM13 (Marshmallow) nightlies.
It’s a poor showing from Samsung to be honest, and while it’s easy to say that you buy a smartphone or tablet for the things it already has or can already do, most of us expect at least one major update to be issued in the device’s lifetime, especially when you buy an allegedly premium product. This hasn’t been the case for the TabPRO 8.4, which launched with KitKat, and is presently still running KitKat 18 months later.
That being said, it’s possible that Samsung UK is only referring to units sold in the UK, so there is a chance that the TabPRO 8.4 could receive an update in other regions. All I’m saying is that there’s a chance, slim though it is.
Source: Samsung UK (Twitter)
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