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I received an Android tablet for Father's Day. It's a Coby MID8065 if it helps. Generally speaking, how are Android tablets (wifi only) updated to newer software? Are you pretty much stuck with whatever comes loaded out of the box? Must you root the device?

I have a GS3 with Verizon, and all updates are pushed out when Verizon decides. Since the tablet isn't tied to a provider I'm failing to understand how software updates work on the tablet.

Thanks!!
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Coby don't support upgrades to the OS - you get the one that was installed at purchase!

It is possible to root most of their devices though.  There is a big gotcha which is that Coby have some kind of BIOS install that resets their tablets if you take more than 4 minutes to get the root process started.

Do you know what you're currently running?  The Coby Gen4 tablets are either ICS or JB.
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Thanks MASQUERAID. It's ICS (4.0.4). I'm in no rush to move to JB. I received an OTA updated on my GS3 the other day, and it made me think about how the updating process worked on wifi-only tablets. I may hold off for a bit, but I'm certainly open to rooting the device (especially since it wasn't too expensive). I did a little preliminary research, and it seemed that my particular device was rootable. I did see mention of the 4 minute window that you mentioned.
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