Samsung has consistently been ahead of the curve with security updates this year, and that continues now as the July 2021 patch hits the Galaxy devices series internationally. As the month rolls on, we're seeing it hit more and more devices.
Samsung's line of Galaxy A tablets aren't anything special, but they are cheap Android devices with full access to the Google Play Store. That makes them a tantalizing alternative to Amazon Fire tablets, which require workarounds to install the Play Store, and still have weird software quirks to deal with. Now you can get last year's Galaxy Tab A 8.0 for just $119.99, a savings of $30 over the original MSRP.
As it does for phones, Samsung offers a wide selection of tablets to meet the needs of different people: young kids, streaming media aficionados, and on-the-go working professionals. Amazon has posted a pretty decent selection of various Samsung tablets for sale today with discounts starting from 14% and up to 33% off. Check them out below.
Earlier this year, Samsung shared its roadmap for updating its devices to Android 9 Pie. While it was able to keep its promise for the majority of Galaxy Tab A 2018 (T387AA) owners who received the update in June, customers who bought the device from AT&T were sadly left out. The new OS version has finally arrived this week.
The state of the Android tablet market in 2019 isn't a pretty one, so much so that Google has decided not to bother making any more of them, but this isn't stopping Samsung from plowing ahead with its latest release. The popularity of 7 and 8-inch tablets has likely declined because we're all using huge phones these days, which makes the announcement of a new Samsung Galaxy Tab A (8.0") all the more perplexing.
Samsung's Android 9 Pie rollout has been rather swift. After beta testing it along with its new One UI on the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note9, it began rolling it out to users of the first two models late in December. Back then, the company also released a Pie update roadmap with the months it expected to push the OTA for its remaining devices. Now, an updated roadmap has been spotted by SamMobile, pointing to quicker release dates for the Note9 and Note8.
Unexpected device updates give us Android geeks warm fuzzies, and candidates for updates don't get much less expected than budget tablets — but here we are. We've received several reports that Samsung's Galaxy Tab A, released in the spring of 2016, is being updated to Android 8.1 Oreo.
TWRP is by far the best custom recovery for Android devices; it can do everything from flashing ROMs to performing full storage backups. The last time we covered the project, it added official support for the Essential Phone, Nokia 8, and HTC U11 EYEs. More phones have joined the party since then, including the Moto Z3 Play and a handful of budget Samsung devices.