Samsung has really been owning it when it comes to the Android security patch game. Continuing that impressive track record, Samsung is already releasing the March 2021 update for several devices, even though we're still in February. As well as keeping our devices secure, we're also seeing some new features land, as the Galaxy Tab S7 picks up some new iPad-inspired capabilities.
A bunch of Galaxy phone users got a bit of a head start on the December 2020 security patch when Samsung released the update two weeks ahead of schedule. While that update was meant for some international beta users testing out One UI 3.0, Samsung kick-started the stable rollout of the latest patch in the US at the beginning of the month. The first device to get bumped to the December 2020 level was Verizon’s Galaxy S20 FE, most recently followed by the Tab S6, Tab S4, and the S8 Active.
Samsung has been pretty quick to update their devices with the latest security patches in the past couple of years, and it looks like not much is going to change for the month of September. The company is continuing to update its lineup of phones from the past few years, starting with the Exynos Galaxy Note9.
Samsung may have turned things around when it comes to updating its phones, but sadly Samsung's tablets were left behind until more recently. Painfully late, Samsung started updating the Tab S6 last month, and now the Tab S4 and S5e are receiving the same treatment.
The Android tablet ecosystem isn't nearly as vibrant as Apple's, but that hasn't stopped companies like Samsung from trying to make it work for them. The South Korean giant has honed the tablet experience (within Android's limitations), and now you can reap the rewards. Pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 for an all-time low of $448 ($202 off) right now on Amazon.
Like most everybody else, Samsung is kicking off the holiday sales a little early with numerous deals on its popular phones, wearables, and other electronic gadgets. The trade-in promotion on the Galaxy S10 and Note10 are especially nice as long as the phone you're trading is relatively new. More Samsung deals are available from Walmart, Costco, and Best Buy.
Most Android tablets on the market are either average at best or overpriced. Although the Galaxy Tab S4 might be one of the top contenders around, its initial MSRP was relatively steep, at $650 for the 64GB variant or $750 for the 128GB version. However, thanks to a deal on Amazon, you can save $152 on both versions, making the tablet a much more interesting bargain. Both storage options are on sale, down to $498 and $598, which is among the lowest prices they've been.
The Galaxy Tab S4 is Samsung's flagship tablet, and it's one of the best Android slabs on the market. International models started receiving their Android 9 Pie updates a couple of weeks ago, and it's now the US Wi-Fi (SM-T830) version's turn.
One of the last bastions of the dying Android tablet market, Samsung's excellent-but-overpriced Galaxy Tab S4, is currently on sale over at Best Buy. Though at first glance, the deal is just a respectable $100 savings, it's the student discount that really shines. Assuming you sign up, you can get an additional $100 off the Tab S4, meaning that you'll only need to fork over $449.99.