Samsung is delivering Android Pie to the ancient Galaxy Tab S3 stateside

Samsung is delivering Android Pie to the ancient Galaxy Tab S3 stateside
Samsung has already done a pretty good if not perfect job of bringing many old devices to a new(er) version of Android in a relatively timely manner, but the company's Pie-optimizing work is not finished yet, especially as far as regional rollouts are concerned. For instance, the Galaxy Tab S3 started receiving over-the-air Android 9.0 goodies in a number of global markets last month, with the update finally spreading its wings to the US as we speak.

The Wi-Fi-only variant of the outdated 9.7-inch slate is apparently scoring a collection of user interface tweaks, performance improvements, various new software features, and security patches tipping the scales at close to 1.3GB stateside, although depending on where you live and how lucky you are, you might need to wait a few more days for your chance to leave Android Oreo behind.

Despite what the name suggests, the Galaxy Tab S3 is not a full three years older than the recently released Tab S6, having seen daylight in the spring of 2017. The 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S4 followed more than a year after, so naturally, the larger and faster tablet also made a quicker jump to Android 9.0 Pie, not to mention that it looks destined for an eventual Android 10 promotion as well.

That's surely not the case for the Tab S3, which has most likely reached the end of the software support road after making its commercial debut with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. Absurdly enough, the 2017-released 9.7-incher is still sold in the US by Samsung at a whopping $699.99 with a built-in S Pen, ancient Snapdragon 820 processor, 32 gigs of internal storage space, a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, and no keyboard included. Obviously, we would no longer recommend you purchase the tablet even at a hefty discount, but existing owners will no doubt be happy to see the second major OS update already delivered to their units.

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8 Comments

1. drkavint

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

Wish they add support to tab S1...i still own and use..everytime when galaxy tab is released i go and see, just to get dissapointments...so never upgraded..may be i try tab s6..the main reason for dissapointments was use of older chipset and no not so happy advancement in screen display..s1 still beautiful..since internal memory is 16gb having hard times

3. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 173; Member since: May 29, 2019

Imagine being so shallow that you think a 2017 smartphone or tablet is "ancient".

4. kennybenny

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

If PA thinks the Tab S3 is "Ancient", then you should say the same for the iPhone 8. (Both released in 2017.)

5. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I got the update 2 weeks ago in the uk

6. Alcyone

Posts: 487; Member since: May 10, 2018

The bias here is sickening. Give me another warning, that's fine. But, really? Apple updates products just as old. Are they "ancient"? Showing a clear difference in journalistic ethics between Bulgaria and America. Can't say I'm sorry for my opinion.

7. oister85 unregistered

The newer tablets like tab s5e have a lower progressing power than the tab s2, so why would stop receiving updates?

8. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Seriously PA !? You should praise Samsung not bash it

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