Believe it or not, one of the best Android tablets around, the Galaxy Tab S4 had yet to get updated to Android 9.0 Pie. Well, that changed this week, when the device got updated to Android Pie, first in the WiFi version and then in the LTE one.
Verizon published the changelog for the update and it seems that it’s all going down in the USA. New features include obviously One UI, with a fresh interface and an improved Camera UX. There’s also fresh functionality like Adaptive Battery, Digital Wellbeing and Night Mode. Android 9.0 Pie started reaching the tablet a few weeks ago, but only internationally, not in USA.
The latest security patches are also part of the update, just so you know. It’s quite a large piece of software, at 1.5 GB of space, so you need to free up some storage on the device. Here’s the official changelog, straight out of the Samsung website:
– Content, settings, and other information have been reorganized to keep you focused on the task at hand.
– Interactive elements have been moved to the bottom of the screen so they’re always within reach.
– New designs and features such as Night mode help keep your eyes comfortable.
– You can reply to messages directly in the notification panel.
– Image thumbnails are included in message notifications.
– In an app’s notification settings, tap the switch once to turn on or off all the notifications in a category.
– New Unicode 11.0 emojis are available.
– New adaptive theme changes your keyboard look based on the colors of the surrounding app.
– Floating keyboard is available in all apps and has new size and transparency settings.
– You can set a custom touch and hold delay.
Device care (formerly Device maintenance)
– Performance modes are streamlined and integrated into power saving modes.
– Menus have been reorganized to make settings easier to find.
Bixby also got updated and new photo editing tools have been added to the Gallery and a big novelty is also the HEIF file support. You will probably also need to update some of the native apps individually.