Even though Samsung didn’t give any signs over the past months that it’s prepping any new Galaxy Tab A model, they’re still catering to the older ones with software updates, it seems. A hint in that direction just appeared, via a document from the WiFi Alliance’s database. It shows the first gen Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 (SM-T550) running on Android 7.0 Nougat.
This could mean that Samsung is about to distribute the long awaited update to its first Tab A slate. That device had a mighty impressive battery, that’s a landmark in the midrange and lower midrange area even today. Android 7.0 Nougat should be on all major devices, because the release is already basically one year old and includes vital improvements and fixes.
There’s enhanced and better spaced notifications, improved app permissions, plus the enhanced battery life and multitasking via split screen. Stability and speed fixes are also offered. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 should actually be approaching the end of its two year support period, so this may just be the last major update it sees. After all it debuted with Android Lollipop on board.
It’s a pretty entry level machine nowadays, with 1.5 or 2 GB of RAM and a 1.2 GHz quad core CPU, but the big 6000 mAh battery is still kicking. No idea when the update will come, but the end of the month or the end of the summer are safe bets. For those of you who are curious, we reviewed the device here.