Samsung has taken it upon itself over the past few years to prove to its competitors how to be better at regularly rolling out new software updates, both major and minor. Its latest efforts – the release of Android 13 and One UI 5.0 – are the best, more than a dozen smartphones have received the update, but they are not yet available in every country.
Samsung is also the first to release new security updates to various smartphones. But when it comes to tablets, the company has the opportunity to improve in one particular area: releasing new updates to all models in a particular tablet line. While all models in the flagship Galaxy S or Galaxy Note line almost always receive new updates at or around the same time, Samsung creates a gap of days or weeks between updates for different models in each tablet line.
Again, we can refer to the Android 13 update for the last example: the update is currently only available for the Galaxy Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra 5G variants. And neither the LTE nor the 5G variant of the standard Galaxy Tab S8 has been updated to Android 13/One UI 5.0, and unless Samsung’s past track record changes, that could take weeks to change.
These expensive flagship Galaxy tablets will move to a quarterly security update schedule after launch, but the fact that Samsung discriminates against models in the same tablet line is also a problem that needs fixing. We don’t see any reason why there should be such a delay, as the core hardware of each tablet line is largely the same, so Samsung doesn’t consider the tablets that include the updates to be just essential.
Hopefully this is something the company aims to address in the future. We don’t know the exact technicalities, but we’re pretty sure it’s not rocket science and something Samsung could easily figure out/fix if they wanted to.