The 2-year-old Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 might be updated to Android Nougat soon

Can you believe the Samsung is going to provide a major Android OS update for a device that's been launched on the market more than two years ago? That might be the case with the Galaxy Tab A 9.7, which has just been spotted running Android 7.0 Nougat.

The slate was officially unveiled back in March 2015 and made it to market two months later. Samsung even released an Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Galaxy Tab A 9.7, which we thought it would be the last the tablet will get before EOL (end of life) status.

The good news is Samsung has just registered the Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 at Wi-Fi Alliance, and the tablet is running Android 7.0 Nougat, something that we didn't think it would be possible after two years.

Unfortunately, the listing at Wi-Fi Alliance does not guarantee that the slab will eventually be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat, but it's evidence that Samsung is trying to bring the new version of the OS to the Galaxy Tab A 9.7 as well.

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Galaxy Tab A 9.7
  • Display 9.7" 768 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6000 mAh



1. yes3sir

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Thank you Samsung for ruining my life by making me spend $800 on a Galaxy Note 4 (Exynos version 64-bit) and not updating it to Nougat.

3. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

I got the Note Pro 12.2 (also Exynos version) and it's still on Lollipop. It has only had 1 major update from Kitkat release and I'm sure was more expensive than the Note 4.

6. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

This is THE reason I will never ever buy Samsung in the rest of my life again. I really am disgusted. And the problem is not only this, but they make it insanely hard for mooders to update the phone. It is the same for features (radio FM, possibility to repair the phone and on and on). I am waiting for Nokia to bring a big foot kick on the market.

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's a legit complaint. That very expensive top-tier tablet definitely should have gotten Marshmallow.

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

No other flagships from 2014 except for maybe the Nexuses received Nougat either, so this isn't exactly something singular to Samsung. Besides, if the lack of a 3rd major update for your 3 year old phone is enough to ruin your life, you clearly didn't have one to begin with.

2. iDroidPhony

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 21, 2016

Include the S-Pen version, please. But I notice some slugginess on my Tab A with Marshmallow. Will it improve on Nougat?

4. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Make sure to factory reset when going from a big Android jump (6.xx - 7.xx)

7. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

The best way to remove sluginess is to root the Android and remove the useless bloatware from Samsung. Mine is flying now I have removed all the bloatware.

5. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Z4 Tablet has 7.1 since late june.

10. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

My Tab S2 8 just got Nougat update this morning. No complain here!

11. Larryss

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Samsung should update this outdated model!

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