The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 will finally smell Marshmallow what with AT&T finally making the update available for the Android tablet. The carrier’s support page has been updated to carry the relevant details pertaining to the rolling out of the latest Android iterations. With this, the Tab S2, model number T817A will see its OS version being bumped up to Android 6.0.1.
The update will be rolled out over-the-air and will include all the goodies that Marshmallow has come to be known for. Those include doze which leads to better battery efficiency, Google Now on Tap, along with enhanced app permissions. These apart, the update will also come with the Number-sync feature which will enable users to make voice or video calls using the same number. The feature works even if the smartphone isn’t in the vicinity of the tablet.
Among the other features that Tab S2 users can look forward to post the Marshmallow update include Android Pay, Android for Work and so on. The Marshmallow update also boasts of enhanced connectivity while also allowing for app backup and restore feature.
However, the roll out of the update further highlights the Android fragmentation issue that is fast turning out to be the biggest bane of the Google backed operating system. First announced around October, 2015, it has taken 9 months for the version to reach the Samsung tablet. Also, while manufacturers and carriers are yet busy upgrading their devices to Android marshmallow, it is the next Android version named Nougat that is already making headlines.
All of this is in stark contrast to the Nexus range of devices that are among the first to get the latest updates and have been running Android Marshmallow for months now. The reason that third-party manufacturers and carriers take this long to roll out the last update is that each go on to tweak the OS to suit their purpose. Needless to say, that is done to best suit their business interests and almost always accompanies the inclusion of unnecessary bloatware.
As such, with the launch of each Android update, manufacturers and carriers have to introduce necessary changes to the software to ensure they run on their systems flawlessly. Also, with these with time and resource intensive, its almost always the most recent models that receive the update with the older models left out in the cold.
Google has already stated they are keen to set things right on this front and will like to see updates being rolled out on a more timely manner.What’s amply clear though is that it is not likely to happen anytime soon.