An AT&T update is currently rolling out to the company’s variant of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Also, the telecom conglomerate recently released details about the current AT&T Galaxy Note 7 exchange program following Samsung’s latest announcement of discontinuing the troubled phablet.
Owners of the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (SM-T807A) can now experience Google’s Android Marshmallow OS through the newest software version available. First unveiled last year, Android Marshmallow brings in new functionalities such as the battery-saving features Doze and App Standby as well as a faster and smarter virtual assistance service called Now on Tap.
Furthermore, according to AT&T’s support page, the firmware update not only brings the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to the 2-year-old tablet, but it also comes with security enhancements, particularly the September security patch. Bringing the firmware version to build number MMB29K.T807AUCU1CPI8, the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 update from AT&T also adds a new feature called NumberSync.
According to the changelog posted on the official support page, this functionality gives AT&T Galaxy Tab S 10.5 users the freedom to “make and receive voice and video calls.” NumberSync utilizes the owner’s current mobile number, and it works even if the device is not with them.
The latest AT&T firmware for the Tab S 10.5 is 1063MB-heavy, thus, users have to make sure that there is enough memory space available before installing the update. It is accessible via Firmware Over the Air, or FOTA, and requires a reliable Wi-Fi connection.
To start the update process, go to the Tab S 10.5’s Settings menu. Select About Device, and then tap Software Update. For the system to start searching for available firmware, choose Check for Updates. Then, simply follow the on-screen prompts that will appear to begin downloading and installing the newest update for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Tab S units. Expect the tablet to automatically restart after the successful installation of the software.
As for other AT&T news update, the U.S. carrier was the first from the big four to stop Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sales when incidents of new and supposedly safe Note 7 units catching fire were reported after the South Korean tech giant’s implementation of a worldwide recall.
In a post offering detailed information on how their customers can exchange their Galaxy Note 7, AT&T noted the following.
“On October 10, Samsung announced a global stop sell, stop exchange for new Galaxy Note7 replacement smartphones. Samsung, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced a U.S. recall of all Galaxy Note7 smartphones. Samsung and the CPSC strongly recommend that you power off and stop using your Galaxy Note7 smartphone immediately.”
AT&T is strongly encouraging their customers who own the Note 7 to “visit their original place of purchase or an AT&T location to exchange the Galaxy Note7 smartphone for another Samsung smartphone or another smartphone of their choice.”
To ensure that they are taking care of those who purchased a Note 7, the company further added the following.
“AT&T will exchange your Galaxy Note7 for another Samsung smartphone or another smartphone that meets your needs and refund the difference if necessary. AT&T will also refund any Note7 accessories. If you choose a more expensive smartphone, you will be expected to pay the difference between the two products.”
For those considering exchanging their AT&T Note 7 with another Samsung smartphone, some of the options available are the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and S7 Active.
“If a customer chooses another Samsung device, they will receive a bill credit of up to $100 total per device within 1-2 bill cycles,” AT&T further explained. “If customers choose another branded smartphone, they will receive up to $25 total bill credit.”
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