Several popular tablets have received upgrades to Android 5.0.2 recently. Many of these devices are getting their first taste of the Lollipop version of this operating system.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and the high-end Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 have all received upgrades to Android 5.0.2. All of these models had debuted last year running Android 4.4 KitKat. At this time, there are no official upgrades for the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and 7.0.
The HTC Nexus 9 recently received an upgrade to version 5.0.2, and and upgrade to 5.1.1 has started going out to this device in the last few days. There have been complaints from users about the slow pace of upgrades for this model, considering it is part of the Nexus series.
In addition, the Dell Venue 8 7840 has received an upgrade to version 5.0.2. Unlike these other models, it doesn’t use an ARM processor, but runs on an Intel Atom chip. This means that Android had be to be recompiled for its x86 processor.
How to Upgrade an Android Tablet
Tablets running Google’s mobile operating system notify their users when when new versions are available. Logically enough, this comes as a note in the notification center.
Those who want to manually check for a new version can do so by going to Settings > About tablet > System updates > CHECK FOR UPDATE.
Upgrading the OS an Android tablet is different from doing so on a Windows 8 tablet or an iPad, which can download and install new versions as soon as Microsoft or Apple release them. The companies that produce Android tablets generally modify this OS before installing it on products, and they then similarly modify each new version before they introduce upgrades. This means that, for example, users of Galaxy Tab models have to wait for Samsung to introduce new Android versions for their tablets, which is generally well after Google has made them available.
On the bright side, Android upgrades are always free.