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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 series upgrades to Android 12L

The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung has unveiled a new UI based on Android 12L for the Galaxy Tab S8, S8 Ultra and S8 Plus. Therefore, the flagship tablets will have access to many of the same new features found on the new Galaxy Z Fold4 premium foldable device, its Taskbar included. The new firmware also contains an up-to-date security patch.

Samsung has revealed that the latest firmware for its highest-end tablets is the one that confers Android 12L on the devices. The OS variant might be based on a last-gen version, yet is one specifically optimized for hardware with greater or potentially expandable screen real estate; therefore, it is also a selling point for the OEM's latest flagship foldable device.

Its latest iteration is called One UI 4.1.1 for the Galaxy Tab S8 series, and upgrades the tablets to the Z Fold4's headlining Taskbar feature. Samsung backs it to deliver improved, snappier multi-tasking to Galaxy Tab S8-series users, and may also allow them to toggle between apps in split-screen or pop-up views more quickly.

Android 12L also brings Video Calls with Google Meet to the Tab S8 line, as well as the ability to grab the text found in images and share it across apps. This cutting-edge feature only works in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Korean thus far.

One UI 4.1.1 also contains the August 2022 security patch. It is only available for devices that shipped in South Korea or Europe thus far, although there are firmware variants for all connectivity SKUs of all 3 variants: the Galaxy Tab S8 (X70xBXXU2AVH2); the Tab S8+ (X80xBXXU2AVH5) and S8 Ultra (X90xBXXU2AVH2).

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Samsung's One UI 4.1.1 changelog for the Tab S8 Ultra. (Source: Samsung via SamMobile)
Samsung's One UI 4.1.1 changelog for the Tab S8 Ultra. (Source: Samsung via SamMobile)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-08-29 (Update: 2022-08-29)