While Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 this year, and may even have a new 7-inch offering coming in the future, it hasn’t forgotten about the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. That was the first Android-powered tablet that the manufacturer released, way before Android had a version specially optimized for tablet use. The Samsung Galaxy Tab launched with Android 2.2 Froyo, which was the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system back then.
In the meantime, though, we’ve seen both Android 2.3 Gingerbread (designed primarily with phones in mind) as well as Android Honeycomb (optimized for tablets) get released by Google. So Samsung is busy working on updating the original Galaxy Tab. However, it won’t be getting Honeycomb, but Gingerbread.
An update is still an update, and can’t hurt, even if some (most?) Galaxy Tab owners would love to see Honeycomb on their tablets. The update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread has started already for the tablets sold by Sprint in the US, and now it looks like those in the UK will get it soon.
According to a source at Samsung that spoke to Recombu, the Gingerbread update will become available in the UK “within the next couple of weeks”. That obviously includes tablets purchased unlocked and SIM-free, and not necessarily those bought from operators. For subsidized tablets, you may have to wait longer for the update (so the operators can vet it) or, worst case scenario, it may never come. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that.
So the wait is almost over. If you have a Galaxy Tab in the UK, your tablet will be running Android Gingerbread in no time.
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