Samsung's five-year-old Galaxy Tab S2 just got a new update with the October 2020 patch

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Samsung has rolled out a new update for the Galaxy Tab S2 on Verizon.
  • The update brings the October 2020 Android security patch to the five-year-old tablet.
  • Surprisingly, the Galaxy Tab S2 isn't even listed on Samsung's Android security updates list.

Late last month, Samsung rolled out a new security update to the Galaxy S7, a flagship phone that was released four and a half years back. As spotted by the folks at Android Police, Samsung is now rolling out a new security update (opens in new tab) to the Galaxy Tab S2 on Verizon. The tablet was announced in July 2015, seven months before the Galaxy S7.

The latest update, which arrives as version NRD90M.T818VVRS4BTJK, brings the October 2020 Android security patch to the tablet. If you own a Galaxy Tab S2 on Verizon, you can now check for the update manually by tapping the Menu Key to open the Settings app and heading over to About Device > Software updates > Check for Updates.

What is a little strange, however, is that the Galaxy Tab S2 isn't even mentioned in Samsung's Android security updates list. The oldest Galaxy Tablet on the list is the Galaxy Tab S3, which was released in April 2017 and is included under "current models for other regular security updates."

As confirmed by the company earlier this year, the best Samsung tablets will now receive three major OS upgrades, along with regular security updates. While the Galaxy Tab S7 series will receive updates through 2022, the Galaxy Tab S6 tablets will continue to get updates through 2021.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7

The Galaxy Tab S7 is a solid upgrade over last year's Galaxy Tab S6. It has a vibrant 120Hz screen and comes with the same new low-latency S Pen as the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. You also get great battery life, fast performance, and a premium design.

Babu Mohan
News Writer
  • I own a S2 and it is a excellent tablet but because of Samsung not offering much in the way of updates for the S2 I no longer buy Samsung tablets. I switched to Lenovo as they keep their tablets updated much better and they cost less. No Samsungs in my future.
  • I loved this tablet. It was so light! And unlike the metal tablets that followed or from Apple, it wasn't cold if it hit your chest at night while reading or whatever. Little things that meant a lot to me.
  • This was one of the best tablets of all time, and I might still be using it if it hardware decoded hevc content.
  • And yet I am still waiting for the October 2020 patch for my 2 year old Galaxy Note 9.