Samsung is the only one among other smartphone makers that clearly knows what regular software updates can mean for Android devices. It plays a significant and consistent role in rolling out the latest generation Android updates for its devices.
After delivering the latest One UI 4.1 updates to the Galaxy Tab 7 Lite last month, the Korean OEM is spreading the software rollout to one more tablet. Samsung has begun seeding the One UI 4.0 based Android 12 update for the budget-friendly Galaxy Tab A8 in selected European regions.
The latest firmware update brings a refreshed UI with the Material You-based Color Palette feature and the usual Android 12 and One UI 4.0 goodies to the Galaxy Tab 8 in addition to the new security patch, most possibly in September 2022. It also brings the following list of new features:
- A new widget picker UI, newer styling for widgets, and better Dark Mode.
- Quick settings panel with a refreshed design and more quick setting toggles
- Brightness and volume sliders are now thicker
- Enhanced privacy controls with the new microphone and camera access indicator
- More lock screen widgets added now
- A new Safety and Emergency menu was added in the Settings app.
- Enhanced Bixby and Bixby Routines with more options
- New Animated stickers, improved stock apps
- A resizable picture-in-picture window, and a new charging animation
- Easier access to emojis and GIFs on Samsung Keyboard
- Cleaner and more customizable sharing menu
The firmware carries version number X205XXU1BVI6 and is rolling out over-the-air for the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab A7. We can sense that Wi-Fi only model is also following soon. If you own a Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, feel free to check for the new firmware version X205XXU1BVI6 by heading into Settings > Software update > Download and install it if you get it.
SamMobile claims the OTA update is now rolling out in many regions in Europe including Austria, Bulgaria, the Baltic region, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Nordics, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. More regions are to be added in the coming days.