Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update finally arrives

After a year and 8 months since Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 was released, the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update has finally been rolled out a couple of days ago. The device was originally released with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. While many have updated their devices using custom ROMs and unofficial firmware, there is still a considerably huge pool of owners who were waiting for the official update from Samsung. The South Korean manufacturer, however, didn’t bother to explain why it took almost two years before a necessary update was rolled out.

Back in July, Samsung started seeding several updates for its tablets and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 was one of the devices that was on the list. However, for some reason, the seeding stopped for the device and no one thought it would take almost five months for Samsung to fix the issues. It may still be good news for some owners but many have already been expecting that the company was to release Jelly Bean and skip ICS. It’s no surprise, though, Samsung has never been so good in rolling out updates for its devices; that’s one of the reasons why many opt to buy other brands than the South Korean’s.

Sam Mobile, a website dedicated to publishing anything Samsung, was the first to publish a story about this update. According to the post, the following are the details of this update:

Android Version: Android 4.0.4

Product code: GT-P7310FKAXME




Owners have the two options to pull down the package: over-the-air and via Samsung KIES. However, the update isn’t available to all markets as of this moment. Asia is believed to be the first region to be able to receive the update but it should be made available to the US and UK owners any day soon.

For techie owners and those who couldn’t possibly wait, Sam Mobile has made the package available for download any time. There are, however, some risks when updates are flashed into devices manually. So, for those who couldn’t take such risks, it’s better to wait for official notifications.

[source: Sam Mobile]

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Harold Hisona

Harold has been in the tech industry since 2008 when he started out as a tech support for companies like Time Warner, Comcast and Tracfone. He’s been troubleshooting phones when the smartphone industry started booming. During his tenure as a tech support, he’s already been writing for various tech blogs and doing some freelance SEO. In 2012, he joined a small team of bloggers to write for The Droid Guy, and he has been with the company ever since. Today, he doesn’t only write tutorials and troubleshooting pieces but also shoots and edits videos for The Droid Guy channel while trading stocks on the side. Contact me at Email

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