March update for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6

Samsung’s four-year-old flagship Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6, gets the latest security patch. The Korean company is pushing the March 2023 security update to the device in Europe. A worldwide rollout is to follow in the coming days.

The Galaxy Tab S6 joins Samsung’s March update party

As of this writing, the March SMR (Security Maintenance Release) for the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab S6 is available in Europe. To be precise, currently only users in Germany get it. Samsung should soon release the update across the region, followed by a global rollout. The new firmware build number for the tablet is T865XXU5DWC3 (via SamMobile). The Wi-Fi version of the device should receive the update with a slightly different build number, although the content should be the same.

When we say content, don’t expect new features. The firmware version indicates that this update will bring more than just fixes for vulnerabilities, but we only expect some optimizations. The Galaxy Tab S6 has long since passed its prime and is no longer eligible for feature updates. There will be a few more security updates and that’s about it. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t updated its update tracker to reflect the latest version, so we can’t confirm what else the tablet is getting today.

However, we already know that the March SMR patches more than 60 vulnerabilities. Most of these are Android OS patches from Google and other partners. At least five patches deployed by Google this month address critical security vulnerabilities. The 20 or so Galaxy-specific patches take care of issues with the Exynos baseband, Bluetooth, Galaxy Themes Service, system UI, settings, calling app, and other system components.

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Anyone using the Galaxy Tab S6 can look forward to the March security update in the coming days. You can navigate to the Software Update menu in the Settings app and tap Download and Install to manually check for updates. If you are planning to upgrade your aging Galaxy tablet, Samsung is preparing the Galaxy Tab S9 series for launch in the second half of 2023.

The Galaxy Tab S9 series will consist of three models

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S6 in 2019, it only offered one model. Later the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite was added, but this is not a flagship tablet. In 2020, the Korean company launched two Galaxy Tab S7 models, followed by the Galaxy Tab S7 FE in 2021. Last year, it launched three Galaxy Tab S8 models, including its first-ever ultra tablet. The company will do the same this year. The Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9+ and Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra are expected to arrive in August or September 2023. We’ll keep you updated with the latest information on these tablets.

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March 28, 2023