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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) receives a stable Android 11 update with One UI Core 3.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 was released with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box in April 2019, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) received the Android 10 update in April 2020. Now, the Tablet has received a stable Android 11 update with One UI Core 3.1 officially in the Philippines.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 update comes with One Core UI 3.1 based on Android 11 and a build number of P205DXU5CUE2. It is about 1.6GB in size and has been released for the SM-P205 models in the Philippines. The update comes along with a May 2021 Android Security patch too.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) Specifications

The SM-P200, SM-P205 variants of Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) come with an 8-inch Color IPS LCD screen, 2GB RAM, and 32GB storage space. It has an 8MP rear, 5MP front camera along with a 5100 mAh battery. It came with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box, a 1.8 GHz Octa-Core processor, and a Samsung Exynos 7904 chipset.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 Update Screenshots:

Update Log

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 update log as per the official Samsung website is as listed below.

Visual design
We’ve refreshed the look and feel of One UI Core 3.1 in lots of ways, big and small, from new, more consistent icons to smarter organization of the quick panel and notifications. Motion is smoother and more natural than ever, with improved animations and haptic feedback for common interactions. And the interface responds to different screen sizes to provide the best experience on any device, whether it’s a phone, foldable, or tablet.

Improved performance
We optimized One UI Core 3.1 with enhanced dynamic memory allocation, so apps run faster and perform better. We’ve also restricted background activities to provide better performance and power usage.

Better customization
• New image categories have been added to the Dynamic Lock screen, and you can select up to 5 categories at once.
• On the Lock screen, you can add a widget to check your usage time.
• Get an interactive preview when setting a wallpaper.
• Adjusting the Always On Display and Lock screen is easier.
• Add a call background to see a picture or video when you make or receive a call.
• In Samsung Internet, you can reorder and lock tabs.
• New icons and Lock screen widgets make it easier to find and control your routines.
• Use Digital Wellbeing with separate personal and work profiles.

Enhanced features
Home screen and Lock screen
• Add widgets by touching and holding an app on the Home screen.
• Turn off the screen by double-tapping on an empty space on the Home or Lock screen. (Set it up in Settings > Advanced features > Motions and gestures.)
• On the Lock screen, tap the clock area to see widgets like calendar, weather, and music.

Calls and chats
• See conversations separately in the notification panel. Works with Messages and your favorite chat apps.
• Easily remove duplicate contacts stored in the same account in Contacts. The storage period for deleted contacts has been extended from 15 days to 30 days.
• Added the ability to edit multiple linked contacts from a single screen.
• Added Trash in Messages so that recently deleted messages are stored for 30 days.

Pictures and videos
• Take pictures quicker with improved autofocus and auto exposure.
• View, edit, and share pictures and videos more easily from Gallery.
• Find pictures and videos quicker with new search features and categories in Gallery.
• Revert edited pictures to their original versions at any time, even after they’re saved, so you never lose a shot.

Settings
• Settings has a new simpler look and feel. Your Samsung account is shown at the top, and Home screen settings are now easier to access.
• Find the settings you need more easily with new Search features. You’ll get better results for synonyms and common misspellings, and you can tap on tags to see groups of related settings.
• Quick settings buttons have been reduced to provide only the most commonly used features. You can also add buttons to create your own customized quick panel.

Samsung Keyboard
• Increased the number of input languages to 370.
• Made it easier to paste copied images and verification codes from text messages.
• Added emoji and sticker suggestions when you enter a text-based emoticon.
• Improved the keyboard layout to provide a larger space bar when entering web and email addresses.
• Reorganized Keyboard settings so it’s easier to access frequently used settings.

Productivity

  • Maintain a healthy balance between work and life by minimizing repetitive and complicated tasks and handling them efficiently.
  • New routines will be recommended based on your daily life and usage patterns.
  • On Internet, you can hide the status and navigation bars for a more immersive experience and quickly translate web pages.
  • You’ll be prompted to block websites that send too many pop-ups or notifications.
  • You can browse and select cloud drive files from the file selection screen in My Files.
  • You can now delete cache files in My Files to easily free up storage space.
  • Events with the same start time are displayed together in the month and list views in the Calendar.
  • Open the touchpad from the navigation bar on your phone or tablet.

Easy media and device control
Media and device control are easier with the improved media panel in notifications. You can see recently used media apps and quickly change the playback device. You can also check Android Auto settings in the Advanced features menu in Settings.

Identify and improve your digital habits
Improved Digital Wellbeing features make it easy to check how you’re using your phone or tablet and help you form good digital habits. Check your usage while driving or see weekly changes in your screen time by function at a glance through upgraded weekly reports.

Accessibility for everyone
One UI Core 3.1 recommends useful accessibility features for you based on your usage. The improved Accessibility shortcut makes accessibility features easier to start and use. You can use the Speak keyboard input aloud feature to get voice feedback of your typing even when TalkBack is turned off.

Stronger privacy protection
You can now let an app access to your microphone, camera, or location just one time. Any permissions that an app hasn’t used in a while will be automatically revoked. You can no longer give apps permission to always see your location in the regular permission popup. To let apps access your location when they’re not in use, you need to go to the location permission page for the app in Settings.

Additional improvements
In Clock, you can hear the time and preset name of the alarm read aloud when an alarm rings.

Some apps will need to be updated separately after the One UI Core 3.1 update.

App copies made using Dual messenger can no longer access SD card files directly. To share SD card files in an app copy, select the files in Gallery or My Files, tap Share, then select the app copy.

You can no longer use Wi-Fi Direct to send files to other devices. You can use Nearby Share instead. You can still receive files using Wi-Fi Direct.

You can no longer connect to Chromecast using Smart View. You can use Google Home instead.

How long did Samsung take for the Update?

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) was released with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. It received an Android 10 update in July 2020, ten months after the official Android 10 release. Now, it has received the stable Android 11 update this month with the Android 11 officially releasing in September 2020. Therefore, it took Samsung about nine months this time to release the latest update & still it has yet rollout in other regions as well.

How long will it get updates?

As mentioned earlier, Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) was released with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. It received its first major update with Android 10 in July 2020. It has now received its second major update with Android 11 based One UI Core 3.1.

Since it has received two major OS updates, the chances of a third major update are unlikely. It will continue to receive Security updates but it may also be concluded that it is not in the Android 12 update list and Android 11 should probably be the last major OS update on this device.

Android 9 out-of-the-box || First Update>>Android 10 || Second Update>>Android 11

How to update Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2019) to Android 11?

The update is available in the Philippines right now, but it is expected to release in other countries soon. Once it’s available on your device, you can head over to Settings >> About Phone >> Software Update section to update your Tablet to Android 11.

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