Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Android Lollipop for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 IBTimes UK

Owners of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 tablets, who have subscribed to T-Mobile's wireless network services in the US, should check for the Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop) OS update which is now active and rolling out across T-Mobile's networks across the states.

Officially announcing the latest firmware rollout, T-Mobile has stated that its Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (T807) users can check out for Android Lollipop software bearing version number T807TUVU1BOE1.

Hence, T-Mobile-driven Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 users can check their devices for new automatic over-the-air (OTA) notifications and let us know the rollout status of Lollipop for respective devices, in our comments section below.

Prior to the latest rollout, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 users subscribed to AT&T in the US were seeded the Android Lollipop firmware upgrade.

What's new with Lollipop, for T-Mobile-driven Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 tablets:

Carrier-specific enhancements: NA

General list of enhancements brought along by Lollipop:

  • Material Design UI: Material design offers fluid animations, vivid coloured themes and 3D-Views
  • Improved Lockscreen: Shortcuts for both Phone and Camera are provided, along with Material Design-inspired notifications
  • Touchwiz: Brighter look and feel, bold colours, fluid animation inspired by Material Design
  • Floating Action Button: Floating action buttons provide easy access to the app's most important features, such as adding a new contact or favourite, or composing a text message
  • Interruptions: Priority notifications such as events and reminders, phone calls, and messages can be set up to sound or vibrate while all other notifications are muted
  • Recents: Easy access to your Chrome tabs right from the Recent apps page. Multi-window icons for ease of use during multi-tasking
  • Battery Saver: A battery saver feature that extends device use by up to 90 minutes
  • 'OK Google' voice command: Talk to Google on the go to get quick answers, send a text, get directions and more
  • Connectivity: Improved network selection logic so that your device connects only if there is a verified internet connection on Wi-Fi
  • Security: SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware. The Android Smart Lock secures your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car

How to manually search-for and download/install Android Lollipop OS update:

Android Lollipop firmware are generally available automatically via OTA, but these can also be manually searched-for, downloaded and installed as follows:

  • From the Home screen, tap Apps
  • Select Settings
  • Select the General tab
  • Tap About device
  • Tap OK
  • Select Start
  • A restart message will appear, choose OK

Updating Lollipop update via Samsung Kies software, using a computer:

Installing Samsung Kies

  • Download the most recent version of Kies by visiting the official Samsung Kies website
  • Double click the Kies file. The program will self extract, so no action is required
  • Select the desired Language and Location, then click Next
  • Read the licence agreement, check the box for "I accept" and click Next
  • Kies will begin the installation. No action is required
  • When the process is complete, click Finish

Preparing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

  • From the home screen, press the Menu key
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Developer options, if available. If not available, skip to step 7
  • Tap Ok
  • Tap USB Debugging
  • Tap the Home key to exit the settings menu
  • Insert the USB data cable into the phone and then into an available port on the computer
  • Select media device (MTP) at the phone prompt. The PC should recognise several devices and begin installation. This is normal and may take a few minutes. Unplug the data cable when completed

Updating the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

  • Open the Samsung Kies application
  • Allow the application to detect the device and display an available update notification
  • Follow the on screen prompts to complete the update.