If you are a subscriber to the AT&T carrier network and own the Samsung galaxy Tab S 10.5, you should keep your eyes peeled for a new system notification. There’s a new over the air a software update rolling out across the United States with the build number of KOT49H.T807AUCU1ANK1. It keeps the software on the same Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Inside the update you will find the default app layout looking different from the home screen. The AT&T FamilyMap, Locker, Mail, Ready 2 Go, Keeper and YPMobile icons are all adjusted on the display. We are assuming it’s a carrier update that’s trying to look different from the stock Android and perhaps manage to create a better layout.
In addition to those changes, the Chrome is leaving for the “S browser” on the home screen, Chrome shifts to the Google folder, the weather widgets gets smaller and AT&T All Access moves to the AT&T dedicated folder. You can read the changelog from here.
We suggest keeping the current software version and not accepting this OTA update if you are preferring the current layout over the one I just mentioned. There is no talk of any bug fixes, performance improvements, or anything else inside this update. that said, we cannot guarantee there isn’t because we know carriers can leave out the finer details from the official change-logs. They are by no means exact representations of what’s in the update. Therefore, if you are suffering from bugs, it’s a great idea to install the latest software and check if that helps.
Users erring on the side of caution should backup the data before accepting the official OTA notification. You can use the built-in default backup feature or try installing third-party application to help. Helium is popular among Android users heading into the new year. Furthermore, you should check out backing up the EFS folder.
As you likely know, all OTA’s roll out to device owners in periods, meaning you’ll find the alert coming at different times. You may beat your friends or they might beat you. We cannot find out the details to predict when people are fining the notification. However, since this is strictly for a phone carrier network, we think the last batch of users will find the installment in roughly a weeks time. The total file size of the update is 57 MB.
We recommend using the WiFi connections and not the mobile data plan to avoid the unwanted data charges and the high network traffic. High traffic often creates instability over the network, increasing your chances of applying a factory reset if it gets stuck.