AT&T has released the over the air update to take the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4's operating system to Android 5.02 Lollipop.
The software update comes after AT&T's release of a similar update for the larger and more premium tablet offering of Samsung, specifically the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for the larger tablet was released in the middle of May, despite the fact that the operating system upgrade for the unlocked versions of the device was rolled out a couple of months prior in March.
According to the support page of AT&T, the company has released the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 on June 16. The update will be received by users as an over-the-air update, with a Wi-Fi connection required for the upgrade. The stable Wi-Fi connection is pretty important, as the update has a massive size of 1.1 GB.
The huge memory space needed by the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update would require some users to first clean up their tablets by deleting unused apps and games or transferring images, music files and videos.
The Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update will include all the changes from the jump to Android 5.0 Lollipop, plus an update to the Quick Settings feature, additional animations, improvements to notifications and the Device Protection system.
The Device Protection system provides protection for Android devices that have been lost or stolen. Once the feature is activated, the Android device will remain locked and inaccessible until the rightful owner signs in using his or her Google account. The protection will remain turned on even if somebody uses the factory reset option on the device.
AT&T also recommends that users should back up all their files in their Galaxy Tab S 8.4 devices to a PC or an SD card before initiating the operating system upgrade.
AT&T is known to have slow rollouts, which means that Galaxy Tab S 8.4 users under the network may have to wait a bit longer to receive the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update. A manual download for the operating system is not yet available for users that are not willing to wait for the over-the-air update to arrive to their devices, however, so users are stuck with waiting for the update to reach them for now.