Another US carrier is pushing the Android 11-based One UI 3.1 firmware update to the Galaxy Tab S6. The tablet first got the update in March, and Verizon began distributing it earlier in May. Now, the Galaxy Tab S6 at Sprint is receiving a similar treatment as the carrier is rolling out the Android 11 firmware update for the 2019 flagship tablet model.
This is as big of an update as firmware updates get. One UI 3.1 introduces performance improvements as well as a new visual design with more consistent UI element sizes and better placement. Bixby Routines was improved and now comes with better lock screen widgets, and Digital Wellbeing has separate personal and work profiles.
Further customization options include animated call backgrounds. Conversations can now be seen separately in the notification panel.
Better photography and photo / video editing, and sharing
With Sprint’s Galaxy Tab S6 now being updated to Android 11 / One UI 3.1, users gain access to an improved Samsung Keyboard with added emoji and sticker suggestions, and a total of 370 input languages.
The tablet also enjoys better photography thanks to improved auto focus and auto exposure, while edited pictures can now be returned to their original versions at any time.
As for productivity, My Files now has an option to delete cache files, and users can now use the app to select cloud drive files.
Devices and media buttons were added to the notification panel, and Wi-Fi direct can no longer be used to send files to other devices, but instead, this functionality is available through Nearby Share.
Improved security and privacy options
Last but not least, the latest Galaxy Tab S6 firmware update improves the security of the device in a few ways. Samsung and Sprint have included the May 2021 security patch, and it introduces stronger privacy protection.
Users also now have the option of allowing an app to access the device’s camera, microphone, and / or location just one time, with these permissions being revoked if the app runs in the background for too long.
Sprint customers and Galaxy Tab S6 owners should be able to acquire the latest firmware update OTA (over the air) from the Settings app on the tablet. It can be identified by firmware version T867USQU4CUE1. Alternatively, you can download the latest firmware from our archive and install it on your tablet manually.