Samsung is rolling out Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software update to its devices as Google is expected to launch Android 6.0 Marshmallow towards the end of September.
Many Samsung smartphones and tablets have already received Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The latest Samsung devices to get the software update are the Verizon version of the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 was launched in April 2014 and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 in January 2014 and both devices came running on Android 4.4 KitKat straight out of the box. Both the Samsung devices are making a jump to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop from Android 4.4 KitKat.
The latest software update will bring a number of features and improvements to the Samsung tablets. Customers can check the support page for the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 to get more details of the software update. Android 5.1.1 Lollipop will be rolled out over-the-air (OTA) and Verizon users of these Samsung tablets should get a prompt to install the software update.
The Verizon version of the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are not the only ones to get Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software update. Sprint has already rolled out the software update to its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note and other U.S. carriers are expected to follow suit.
Australian carriers Telstra and Optus have already confirmed their plans of rolling out Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to their version of the Galaxy Note 4 sometime in October.
Google is holding an event on Sept. 29, where the company is expected to launch Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with the next-generation Nexus devices. Undoubtedly, the upcoming Nexus devices will come running on the latest Android OS straight out of the box. Older Nexus devices will be the first to get the new Android OS.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be rolled out only to select Android smartphones and tablets. All Android mobile devices will not get Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which means that some users should be happy with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop or previous versions of the OS. It may also take months before non-Nexus Android devices get Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
In the U.S., individual carriers will roll out new software updates for their version of the devices. One carrier may roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow early while customers on another carrier may get the software update after a few months.
Customers will want their Android device to get the upcoming Android OS; however, it remains to be seen which tablets and smartphones will finally get the update and when.