Android 14 Update hits Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Last year, Samsung rolled out the Android 14 update to most of its eligible devices, though a few eligible models are still in line for receiving the update. After a long wait, Galaxy Tab A8 finally receives stable Android 14 based One UI 6. With the update to the Tab A8, most eligible S series and A series tablets are now running Android 14.

Galaxy Tab A8 is an older tablet released in 2021 with Android 11 based One UI 3. Many users even thought that the tablet would not get the update. But recently Samsung surprised with the Android 14 rollout which is the third major update for the tablet.

Android 14 update for Galaxy Tab A8 (SM-X205) is seeding with build number X205XXU3DXB3. The update enhances Android security patches but not to the latest one, instead it is December 2023. As you already know this is a major update which means it is bigger than regular security updates.

Galaxy Tab A8 Android 14 Update

Galaxy Tab A8 gets multiple new features and changes with the Android 14 based One UI 6 update. This includes new Quick Settings panel, new battery settings page, improved icons, reposition clock in lock screen, drag and drop from two hands, see media preview before sharing them, and more. Here is the complete changelog.

Quick panel

  • New button layout: The quick panel has a new layout that makes it easier to access the features you use most. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth now have their own dedicated buttons at the top of the screen, while visual features, like Dark mode and Eye comfort shield have been moved to the bottom. Other quick settings buttons appear in a customizable area in the middle.
  • Instantly access the full quick panel: By default, a compact quick panel with notifications appears when you swipe down from the top of the screen. Swiping down again hides notifications and shows the expanded quick panel. If you turn on Quick settings instant access, you can view the expanded quick panel by swiping just once from the right side of the top of the screen. Swiping down from the left side shows notifications.
  • Quickly access brightness control: The brightness control bar now appears by default in the compact quick panel when you swipe down once from the top of the screen for quicker and easier brightness adjustments.
  • Improved album art display: While playing music or videos, album art will cover the entire media controller in the notification panel if the app playing the music or video provides album art.
  • Enhanced layout for notifications: Each notification now appears as a separate card, making it easier to recognize individual notifications.
  • More vivid notification icons: You can use the same full-color icons that are used for each app on the Home and Apps screens. You can turn this on in Settings.
  • Sort notifications by time: You can now change your notification settings to sort by time instead of priority so your newest notifications are always on top.

Lock screen

  • Reposition your clock: You now have more freedom to move your clock to the position of your choice on the Lock screen.

Home screen

  • Simplified icon labels: App icon labels are now limited to a single line for a cleaner and simpler look. “Galaxy” and “Samsung” have been removed from some app names to make them shorter and easier to scan.
  • Drag and drop with 2 hands: Start dragging app icons or widgets on your Home screen with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the screen where you want to drop them.

Multitasking

  • Keep pop-up windows open: Instead of minimizing pop-up windows when you go to the Recents screen, pop-ups will now remain open after you leave the Recents screen so you can continue what you were working on.

Link to Windows

  • Now available on tablets: Connect your tablet to your Windows PC to check notifications and use apps from your tablet on your PC, transfer files between your devices, and more.

Samsung Keyboard

  • New emoji design: Emojis that appear in your messages, social media posts, and elsewhere on your tablet have been updated with a fresh new design.

Content sharing

  • Picture previews: When you share pictures from any app, preview images will appear at the top of the Share panel to give you one more chance to review the pictures before sharing them.

Weather

  • New Weather widget: The Weather insights widget provides more information about your local weather conditions. You can see when severe thunderstorms, snow, rain, and other events are on the forecast.
  • More information in Weather app: Information about snowfall, moon phases and times, atmospheric pressure, visibility distance, dew point, and wind direction is now available in the Weather app.
  • Interactive map view: Swipe to move around the map and tap a location to view the local weather conditions. The map can help you find weather information even if you don’t know the name of the city.
  • Enhanced illustrations: Illustrations in the Weather widget and app have been enhanced to provide better information about the current weather conditions. Background colors also change depending on the time of the day.

Camera

  • Simple and intuitive design: The overall layout of the Camera app has been simplified. Quick settings buttons on the preview screen have been redesigned to be easier to understand.
  • Custom camera widgets: You can add custom camera widgets to your Home screen. You can set each widget to start in a specific shooting mode and save pictures in an album of your choice.
  • More alignment options for watermarks: You can now choose whether your watermark appears at the top or bottom of your photos.
  • Scan documents easily: The Scan document feature has been separated from Scene optimizer so you can scan documents even if Scene optimizer is turned off. The new Auto scan lets you scan documents automatically whenever you take a picture of a document. After a document is scanned, you’ll be taken to the edit screen where you can rotate your document to align it the way you want.
  • Easier video size options: A pop-up now appears when you tap the video size button, making it easier to see all the options and choose the right ones.
  • Keep your pictures level: When grid lines are turned on in Camera settings, a level line will now appear in the middle of the screen while using the rear camera in all modes except Panorama. The line will move to show whether your picture is level with the ground.
  • Turn off swipe up/down to switch cameras: Swiping up or down to switch between the front and rear cameras is now optional. If you’re concerned about accidental swipes, you can turn this off in Settings.
  • Apply effects more easily: Filter and face effects now use a dial instead of a slider making it easier to make precise adjustments with just one hand.

Gallery

  • Drag and drop with 2 hands: Touch and hold pictures and videos with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the album where you want to drop them.
  • Enhanced story view: While viewing a story, a thumbnail view appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen. In thumbnail view, you can add or remove pictures and videos from your story.

Photo Editor

  • Enhanced layout: The new Tools menu makes it easier to find the editing features you need. Straighten and Perspective options have been combined in the Transform menu.
  • Adjust decorations after saving: You can now make changes to drawings, stickers, and text that you’ve added to a photo even after saving.
  • Undo and redo: Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can now easily undo or redo transformations, filters, and tones.
  • Draw on custom stickers: When creating custom stickers, you can now use the drawing tools to make your stickers even more personal and unique.
  • New text backgrounds and styles: When adding text to a photo, you can choose from several new backgrounds and styles to help you get the perfect look.

Video Player

  • Enhanced layout: Video player controls are now easier than ever. Buttons with similar functions have been grouped together, and the Play button has been moved to the center of the screen.
  • Enhanced playback speed controls: Choose between several video playback speeds between 0.25x and 2.0x. Speed controls are now easier to access with dedicated buttons instead of a slider.

Calendar

  • Your schedule at a glance: The new schedule view provides your upcoming events, tasks, and reminders all together in chronological order.
  • View your reminders in Calendar: You can now view and add reminders in the Calendar app without opening the Reminder app.
  • Move events with 2 hands: In Day or Week view, touch and hold the event you want to move with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the day where you want to move it.

Reminder

  • Refined reminder list view: The main list view has been redesigned. You can manage categories at the top of the screen. Below the categories, your reminders will be shown organized by date. The layout for reminders containing images and web links has also been enhanced.
  • New reminder categories: The Place category contains reminders that alert you when you’re in a specific place, and the No alert category contains reminders that don’t provide any alerts.
  • More options for creating reminders: When sharing content to the Reminder app, you’ll get full editing options before your reminder is created. You can also take pictures using the camera when creating a reminder.
  • Create all-day reminders: You can now create reminders for an entire day and customize the time you want to be alerted about them.

Samsung Internet

  • Play videos in the background: Keep playing video sound even if you leave the current tab or leave the Internet app.
  • Enhanced tab list view for large screens: When using Internet on a large screen, such as a tablet in landscape view or Samsung DeX, tab list view will be shown in 2 columns so you can see more information on the screen at the same time.
  • Move bookmarks and tabs with 2 hands: Touch and hold the bookmark or tab you want to move with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the bookmark folder or tab group where you want to move it.

Modes and Routines

  • Change the appearance of your Lock screen: Set up different Lock screens with their own wallpaper and clock style for when you’re driving, working, exercising, and more. Try a dark wallpaper for Sleep mode or a calming wallpaper for Relax mode. When you edit the Lock screen for a mode, you’ll see that wallpaper whenever that mode is turned on.
  • New conditions: You can now start a routine when an app is playing media.
  • New actions: Your routines can now do more than ever before, such as changing your Samsung Keyboard settings.

Finder

  • Quick actions for apps: When an app appears in your search results, you can touch and hold the app to get quick access to actions you can perform using the app. For example, if you search for the Calendar app, buttons for adding an event or searching your calendar will appear. App actions will also appear in search results on their own if you search for the name of the action instead of the app.

My Files

  • Free up storage space: Recommendation cards will appear to help you free up storage space. My Files will recommend deleting unnecessary files, give you tips for setting up cloud storage, and also let you know which apps on your tablet are using the most storage space.
  • Integrated Trash with Gallery and Voice Recorder: My Files, Gallery, and Voice Recorder Trash features have been combined into one. When you open the Trash in My Files, you’ll be able to see files, pictures, videos, and voice recordings you’ve deleted all together, along with options for restoring or permanently deleting.
  • Copy files with 2 hands: Touch and hold the file you want to copy with one hand, then use your other hand to navigate to the folder where you want to copy it.

Settings

  • Smarter Airplane mode: If you turn on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth while Airplane mode is on, your tablet will remember. The next time you use Airplane mode, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth will remain on instead of turning off.
  • Easier access to battery settings: Battery settings now have their own top-level settings menu so you can easily check your battery usage and manage battery settings.
  • Block security threats: Get an extra level of protection for your apps and data. Auto Blocker prevents unknown apps from being installed, checks for malware, and blocks malicious commands from being sent to your tablet using a USB cable

Accessibility

  • Vision enhancements easier to find: The Spoken assistance and Visibility enhancements menus have been combined into one Vision enhancements menu for quicker, simpler access.
  • New magnification options: Customize how your magnification window appears. You can choose full screen, partial screen, or allow switching between the two.
  • Customize cursor thickness: You can now increase the thickness of the cursor that appears while editing text so that it’s easier to see.
  • Learn more about accessibility: A link to the Samsung Accessibility web page has been added to Accessibility settings so you can learn more about accessibility features and our efforts to make our products accessible to everyone.

Digital Wellbeing

  • Enhanced layout: The main screen of Digital Wellbeing has been redesigned, making it easier to find the information you need.
  • More content in your weekly report: Your weekly usage report now lets you know about unusual usage patterns, your peak usage times, and how you balance your screen time.

The Android 14 update for Galaxy Tab A8 is rolling out in stages that means it can take few weeks until its availability to all devices and regions. If you own Galaxy Tab A8, make sure to check for the update by going to Settings > Software Update.

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