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AT&T Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Begins Receiving Update To 5.1.1 Lollipop

September 23, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

With Android 6.0 Marshmallow just around the corner, it’s certainly understandable to forget about Lollipop, but those who have yet to officially receive any sort of Lollipop software are likely not part of the group of people who have done so. Yesterday, Samsung and Verizon began pushing software updates for Lollipop out to two different tablets: The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 as well as the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, bringing them both forward to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop which is the latest version of Android to date. Today, two more Samsung tablets are getting their first taste of the software, which once again includes the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 but this time it’s the AT&T model, and the Sprint model of the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0.

The AT&T model Samsung tablet is moving forward to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop just like the Verizon model from yesterday, although strangely, Sprint is not pushing this version of the software out to the 7-inch version of the tablet, and is instead updating those devices to Android 5.0. Obvious things to expect in these updates are loads of Material Design for both tablets, which means not only plenty of more color, but animations throughout the system menus and such. AT&T subscribers should expect an 800MB file download to install the update, so being connected to WiFi might be the best bet for conserving data consumption.

Aside from the material design UI, the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 on AT&T is also getting a few new apps including AT&T Messages, New YP VPL, and AT&T Messages VPL. Notifications, device security and stability enhancements have also been improved. As for the 7-inch model of the Galaxy Tab 4 for Sprint, the update is officially due to be pushed out to subscribers in three more days so users should expect it sometime around this weekend. Material Design will be part of the new changes as will the security patch for the stagefright bug, so users can rest easy that their devices will be a little more secure going forward following the update installation. Sprint doesn’t detail how large the update is for the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, but since it’s moving up to Lollipop which was a big size file for all other devices moving from Kit Kat, chances are it won’t be too far off from the size on the AT&T Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, so once again a WiFi connection is recommended for the download when it shows up.