March update rolling out to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6
Samsung‘s four-year-old flagship Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6, is getting the latest security patch. The Korean firm is pushing the March 2023 security update to the device in Europe. A global rollout should follow in the coming days.
The Galaxy Tab S6 joins Samsung’s March update party
As of this writing, the March SMR (Security Maintenance Release) is available for the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab S6 in Europe. To be precise, only users in Germany are getting it currently. Samsung should soon release the update widely in the region, followed by a global rollout. The new firmware build number for the tablet is T865XXU5DWC3 (via SamMobile). The Wi-Fi version of the device should get the update with a slightly different build number, though the content should be the same.
When we say content, don’t be hopeful for new features. The firmware version suggests this update brings something more than just vulnerability fixes, but we are only expecting some optimizations. The Galaxy Tab S6 is way past its prime and no longer eligible for features updates. It will get a few more security updates and that’s about it. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t updated its update tracker to reflect the latest release, so we can’t confirm what else the tablet is getting today.
However, we already know that the March SMR patches more than 60 vulnerabilities. The majority of those are Android OS patches coming from Google and other partners. At least five patches supplied by Google this month concern critical vulnerabilities. The 20-odd Galaxy-specific patches take care of issues with the Exynos baseband, Bluetooth, Galaxy Themes Service, System UI, Settings, Call app, and other system components.
If you’re using the Galaxy Tab S6, you can look forward to receiving the March security update in the coming days. You can navigate to the Software update menu in the Settings app and tap on Download and install to check for updates manually. If you’re planning to upgrade your aging Galaxy tablet, Samsung is readying the Galaxy Tab S9 series for launch in the second half of 2023.
The Galaxy Tab S9 series will include three models
When Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S6 in 2019, it only offered one model. It later added the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, but that isn’t a flagship tablet. In 2020, the Korean firm debuted two Galaxy Tab S7 models, with the Galaxy Tab S7 FE following in 2021. Last year, it launched three Galaxy Tab S8 models, including its first-ever Ultra tablet. The company will do the same this year. The Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9+, and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra are expected to arrive in August or September 2023. We will keep you posted with the latest information about these tablets.
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