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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, 7.0 Plus Receive Update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

The long overdue Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi has finally been made available on Thursday, August 2nd. Owners of these tablets can now pull the update down over the air or install it directly via Samsung’s Kies software application.

There is, however, no further information as to when other Samsung Galaxy Tabs would be getting their ICS update. A Samsung UK representative confirmed this update through TechRadar saying, “Samsung UK can confirm the roll out of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi and Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi devices is live. Any further updates for the Galaxy Tab range will be announced in due course.”

Also known as the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), Android 4.0 is the latest version of Android platform primarily designed for tablets and smartphones. Among the key features embedded in it include deep interactivity, rich notifications, easy multitasking, resizable widgets and customizable home screens—the attributes people love most about Android. Powerful new ways of sharing and communicating are likewise integrated in the Ice Cream Sandwich. Besides the key features, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich also seizes notable improvements in app quality. This is one of the reasons as to why many Android phone/slate owners desperately want to update their devices.

The update to ICS likewise denotes new ICS features for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi. This would include new Browser, Face Unlock and new user interface to name a few. Bug fixes and other software enhancements are also expected to manifest in the latest update, for a much better Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus user experience.

Meanwhile, pertinent reports said the ICS software will more likely become available to owners of other Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus devices in other regions including those in the United States anytime this year. Some experts even forecasted about a global Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for Galaxy Tab 10.1 P7500 devices over the following weeks. If such rumors were true, then the rest of the Galaxy Tab owners outside UK would just have to wait for a few more weeks to take advantage of the same software upgrade on their Samsung tablets.

Owners of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi and Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi are advised to check the updates through their phones from time to time or they can try using Samsung KIES to pull down the update.

Sources: CNET | TechRadar

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  1. Much to my surprise, our Galaxy Tab 10.1 displayed an update notice @ 9:00pm last night.
    We downloaded the update which was indeed Android 4.4 and it took about an hour total to download then install & reconfigure but was well worth it.
    The Tab now runs like a brand new machine, much more polished and intuitive, noticeably faster with the usual lag now gone, everything functions better.

  2. It seems the iCS Android 4 Update we’ve been waiting for is only being released in countries where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has NOT been banned at this time.
    Since it has been banned in the USA, this might be why we cannot access it.
    The one comment left by “elaina smith” here, saying she was in USA and downloading it now, most likely was not the newest iCS Android 4 update but rather an older updates she missed from April 2012, since it is not available here in USA yet.
    I’m not 100% positive on that, however it seems the most logical explanation.

    *But all hope is not lost however, the full final USA release has been leaked and can be downloaded and flashed directly to your tab using ODiN3-v1.85 or possibly KIES.
    Check out SamMobile.com [firmware-search GT-P7510 – USA] for more info.
    I’m going to give it a go tomorrow since so many reviewers on that site have done it and have nothing but praise for it.

  3. My upgrade started this am around 9 am and its still upgrading and im in the us.but how long does the upgrade take.

  4. Samsung reports Android 4.0 ICS August 02 2012 Update for Galaxy Tab 10.1 is for UK customers only.
    USA customers will have to wait a bit longer, this seems to be why the update feature on our tabs says “No Update Available”
    See below:

    August 02 2012:
    “Samsung UK can confirm the roll out of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 & Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus WiFi devices is now live for UK customers.
    Any further updates for the Galaxy Tab range will be announced in due course.”
    [most likely referring to the US iCS release]

  5. We also had a Samsung refrigerator which was a total lemon. $1500, and 2 icemakers failed within 2 years, and then it started leaking water. We gave up fixing it and replaced it.

  6. No update, also we have an almost new Samsung Refridgerator that is a total lemon I am telling everyone I know that Samsung has totally abandoned me as a customer. I am very disappointed in Samsung refridgerators. Love their tablets and smart phones and tvs.

  7. if you want ics on your tab 10.1 just flash the official ics italy rom onto you tab if you cant wait for update

  8. … And STILL impatiently waiting for my 10.1 to upgrade. WHY is it such a secret from Samsung? Wouldn’t it improve their customer support to actively inform their customers??
    Frustrated …

  9. I hear you…I’m never buying Samsung again as long as they can’t get themselves organized. There are so many companies to choose from that can give what Samsung gives + timely updates.

  10. I’m really disapointed with the lack of information comming from samsung. What do they to gain by not informing their customers about impending (yet tardy) updates. I’m considering changing to another brand with my next purchase due to this lack of caring on samsungs part!

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