Given the flagship tablet status Samsung bequeathed onto last year’s pair of Galaxy Tab S devices, it’s a bit sad to see their being relegated to “second rate” status with respect to Lollipop updates. Perhaps it’s simply a matter of numbers (as in smartphones sell better) or else the Magazine UX took longer than expected to coat with the new touches.
Thankfully, SamMobile has obtained a working build of the software which showcases the somewhat subtle changes that have been made. Take a look, and be sure to admire the awesome background setup:
As mentioned in the video, the changes are somewhat minimal, with the animations receiving a slight alteration, and various toggles (such as the volume slider) adopting the Lollipop look. Multi-user support has been added directly to the drop-down notification shade. Additionally the carousal recent apps list can be seen as well as lock screen notification cards.
Perhaps the greatest addition, however, is the fact that Samsung has left the original sound profile settings as is on the notification shade: Sound/Vibrate/Mute are all there, something that Google has infuriated countless users with having removed them from the stock AOSP Lollipop build.
Unfortunately no information is given as to what build is running on the device (near final? beta?) nor is there any release date information provided. According to leaks from earlier this year, Samsung was allegedly going to be updating its tablets after all the flagship phone releases were complete. Hopefully within the next few weeks the update will be finalized and deployed to eager owners, at least in terms of the Wi-Fi and SIM-unlocked variants go. Carrier branded models? That’s another story.
Assuming the recent rumors surrounding a Galaxy Tab S2 series go, will it have the same UX build as the one pictured here? Or will Samsung try and unveil a significantly redesigned Lollipop experience?