Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 slates will have received Lollipop by the end of April, probably

Samsung most recent AMOLED slates, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5, are creme de la creme of Samsung's current tablet lineups, pairing potent hardware (as per tablet standards, that is) with sleek design and beautiful Super AMOLED displays, which is a very, very rare sight to behold. 

Well, all those users who have jumped on the bandwagon and opted for these devices will probably be quite happy to know that Samsung is poised to update their beloved devices with Android 5.0 and a refreshed variation of the in-house TouchWiz UI. We suppose that the latter will be quite similar to the "new" interface design language of Sammy - white backgrounds in most menus and even punchier Lollipop-y colors. Currently, said slates are running on Android KitKat.

The update should hit both slates sometime in March or early April. However, Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5 units in certain regions are said to receive the "sweet new take on Android" slightly earlier than other regions as a part of a public soak test. This means that if you are among the unlucky ones, you might have to wait a little more.

source: TabletNews via GSMDome

Related phones

Galaxy Tab S 8.4
  • Display 8.4" 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4900 mAh(29h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Tab S 10.5
  • Display 10.5" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 7900 mAh



1. TyrionLannister unregistered

The TW on lollipop is surprisingly fast and responsive. With that my S4 is just a little bit slower than iPhone 6 which is a tremendous achievement for an abused for 2 years phone.

2. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

The Google Play edition ROM is even faster and the battery life is truly awesome. My abused S4 often scores close to 5 hours of screen-on time, which is quite an achievement.

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

Mine scores close to 5.5 hours on lollipop vs 4 hours on KK The GPE has the slower snapdragon 600 and doesn't have the awesome TW goodies like adapt sound, display modes and multi window.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Quite happy with my current TW KK rom on Tab S 8.4. Minimum tweaks like disabling unuse apps and services goes a long way in providing good user experience.

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

You have no idea how fast is lollipop. The phone is almost as fast as a nexus without any tweak

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Hope its as good as you said. Looking forward to lollipop for my tab s.

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

By the end of April? Typical sammy bullsh*t they haven't updated my note 2012 3G above 4.1.2, now I will have to wait at least half a year to get the update to 5.0. What they mean by "by april" is they'll start the update process in april, which will last for several months since they have a hundred different language/cpu versions of tab s. Been there seen it all. Note 2012 all over again.

8. dubaiboy78

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

great news as i love my tab s 10.5. its a great tablet!

9. jaypenkacik

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Moved from the Nexus 7 to the S 8.4 and love it. I have even started to enjoy TW after trying Nova. Seemed like TW was better suited for the tablet experience. Can't wait till it gets Lollipop, but still a great device running KK.

10. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Honestly I'm quite satisfied with KK on my S, but if lollipop increases battery time it will be a great plus on a great tablet.

11. Fellwalker

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Can't say my move from nexus 7 to tab s 8.4 has been all positive. TouchWiz is all of the bad stuff I didn't really believe. It only needs 3GB RAM because TW is so in your face,with lots of apps pre loaded. I never got so many notifications and sounds before. I really wish I'd gone for the nexus 9,or a replacement for my broken n7. Ruining alongside my nexus 5, I'm constantly using the wrong one of back or menu. I can't say I want lollipop unless it gets rid of the junk with a cut down TW. The only reason the tab s is manageable is because I'm rooted and can freeze or delete some of the rubbish, and I'd lose XPrivacy.

12. xavrone

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Just got lollipop on 10.5 Tab S (Canada) This update was needed, now this tab runs instantly and beautifully. Just what the docter ordered, I wouldnt of expected less. TY SAMSUNG

13. JayCrozz

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

my tab s 8.4 stuck at 4.4.2 till n0w (malaysia). I dont know when lolipop hit malaysia. Been waiting quite long n boring..

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