Samsung rolls out Android 10 with One UI 2.1 to the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab S5e

Samsung rolls out Android 10 with One UI 2.1 to the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab S5e

Samsung is one of the few major OEMs that still cares about the Android tablet segment. Their current flagship-grade tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6, picked up its stable Android 10 update back in April. Two more Samsung Galaxy tablets from the previous generations, the Galaxy Tab S4 and the Galaxy Tab S5e, are now receiving the same treatment. Interestingly, this rollout is rather early as per Samsung’s Android 10 update schedule, as the One UI 2 OTA for the two tablets was originally promised for July 2020.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

The Galaxy Tab S4 was announced alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The tablet is powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC and supports Linux on DeX mode to give users a PC-like experience. Launched with Samsung Experience 9.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, the Galaxy Tab S4 is now getting its second major Android OS update in the form of One UI 2.1 based on Android 10. At the time of reporting, the LTE variant of the tablet (model number SM-T835) is receiving the OTA in France, although the update is expected to make its way to other regions and/or variants in the coming weeks. The new build, tagged as T835XXU4CTF5, also brings in June 2020 security patches.


Thanks to XDA Senior Member BarajaVLC for the screenshot!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

Users on our forums have reported that the Android 10/One UI 2.1 update is also rolling out for the Galaxy Tab S5e, the SM-T725 model to be precise, via software version T725XXU1BTF7. The update is currently available in the BTU region, which is Samsung’s code for the United Kingdom. The new build bumps the Android security patch level (SPL) to June 2020.

The combined changelog can be found below:

One UI 2.1 Changelog for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4/Tab S5e

One UI 2 brings you Android 10, with exciting new features from Samsung and Google based on feedback from users like you.
We recommend that you back up your important data to keep it safe during the upgrade.
Some apps, including Calculator, Samsung Internet, and Samsung Notes, need to be updated individually after you update your OS.

Here’s what’s new.

  • Dark mode
    • Enhanced image, text, and color adjustments for day and night environments.
    • Darkened wallpapers, widgets, and alarms while Dark mode is on.
  • Icons and colors
    • Clearer app icons and system colors.
    • Improved layouts for titles and buttons to eliminate wasted screen space.
  • Smoother animations
    • Enhanced animations with a playful touch.
  • Full screen gestures
    • Added new navigation gestures.
  • Refined interactions
    • Navigate more comfortably on large screens with minimal finger movement.
    • Easily focus on what matters with clearly highlighted buttons.
  • Accessibility
    • High contrast keyboards and layouts for large text have been improved.
    • Listen to live speech and display it as text.
  • Better text over wallpapers
    • See text more clearly against wallpaper, as One UI automatically adjusts font colors based on light and dark areas and color contrast in the image below.
  • Media and devices
    • Replaced the SmartThings panel with the Media and Devices.
    • Media: Control music and videos playing on your tablet as well as other devices.
    • Devices: Check and control your SmartThings devices directly from the quick panel.
  • Device care
    • The battery usage graph now provides more detailed information.
  • Digital wellbeing
    • Set goals to keep your tablet usage in check.
    • Use Focus mode to help avoid distractions from your tablet.
    • Keep an eye on your kids with new parental controls.
  • Camera
    • Added the ability to edit the modes that appear at the bottom of the screen.
    • Provided a More tab so you can quickly access hidden modes from the preview screen.
    • Improved the layout so you can focus on taking pictures without the settings getting in the way.
  • Internet
    • Customize the quick menu to get instant access to the features you use the most.
    • Get more information from the app bar.
    • Install add-ons from the Galaxy Store to get even more features.
  • Samsung Contacts
    • Added Trash feature for Contacts. Contacts that you delete will stay in the trash for 15 days before being deleted forever.
  • Calendar
    • Stickers can be added to a date without creating an event.
    • Ringtones can be used for event alerts.
  • Reminder
    • More options are available for repeating reminders.
    • Set location-based reminders for a specific period of time.
    • Share reminders with your family group and other sharing groups.
    • Set reminders for a specific date without an alert.
  • My Files
    • Created a Trash feature so you can restore files if you delete something by mistake.
    • Added more filters you can use while searching to help you find things quickly.
    • You can now copy or move multiple files and folders to different destinations at the same time.
  • Calculator
    • Added speed and time units to the unit converter.
  • Samsung keyboard
    • A multilingual translation feature has been added.
    • Stickers can be added to a date without creating an event.
    • A text undo/redo feature has been added.
    • You can now search for music in Spotify directly from the keyboard.
    • An icon to open Samsung Pass has been added.
  • Quick Share
    • Files can now be quickly and easily shared with nearby Samsung devices using Quick Share.
  • Music Share
    • Music Share now lets you share music with your friends using a Bluetooth audio device.
  • Samsung Daily
    • Bixby Home has been replaced with Samsung Daily.

Thanks to the unchanged bootloader version in both these updates, experienced users can still go back to Android 9 Pie, though we would advise caution before doing so. The updates for the aforementioned devices are rolling out in batches, but you can skip the queue and download the new firmware packages directly from the Samsung update server using Frija.

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DIY enthusiast (i.e. salvager of old PC parts). An avid user of Android since the Eclair days, Skanda also likes to follow the recent development trends in the world of single-board computing.

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