There’s been a lot of talk lately over how slowly Jelly Bean updates are rolling out to Samsung’s top tier Android devices, but one thing that seems to have slipped people’s minds is that Sammy still has some loose ends to tie up from ICS software leaps.
There probably aren’t as many Samsung devices stuck on Gingerbread or Honeycomb as, say, Motorola products, but it’s still frustrating as heck for tech users to be avoided by Android 4.0 upgrades when a year has passed since ICS’s release. Especially when we’re talking about tablets that were considered high-end just months ago. And when there have been so many empty promises and unmet deadlines.
Although Samsung Canada, Bell, Telus and Rogers haven’t made an official announcement on the matter yet, it seems that the Canadian LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is finally getting its share of Ice Cream Sandwich treats.
That’s according to an internal Bell document leaked to the guys over at Mobile Syrup and that very clearly states that “Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE”. The doc mentions a start date of October 22 (as in yesterday), and, while it is to be taken with a pinch of salt, looks like the real deal to us.
Of course, we have no changelog on our hands at the moment, so we can’t tell you exactly what you’re signing up for, but if you happen to get an automatic prompt message, you should not think twice before hitting download and install. You will definitely be getting a new and improved UI, features like Face Unlock and major performance bumps, so what’s not to love here?
Be sure to also check out for the upgrade through Kies and then come back to us and let us know if ICS is finally available for your LTE-enabled 8.9-inchers.
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I’m still waiting in England to get ICS for my Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wifi – the 10.1 Wifi was updated here in early August. I asked Samsung UK about this a few days ago but they wouldn’t commit a date; they suggested I get back to them at the start of December if I had not been notified of an upgrade.
I bought my ‘Tab in March 2012 and think the Hardware is great…I’m disappointed that on the Software side Samsung seem to have lost interest in me as a Customer. There was no mention of this model getting Jelly Bean in their recent announcement and the upgrade to ICS is rolling out very slowly – shame on you Samsung with all the resources your Corporation has access to.
In a few days I hope to buy a Nexus 7 32GB, I have no plans to ever buy a Samsung Tablet again.
They said the same to me… why the UK has to wait until December (maybe) for something that was rolled out in August is beyond me.
got it yesterday using kies, for my bell 8.9 lte. so far, soo good…
OTA on Samsung 8.9 on TELUS is real, got it this AM
Just started the download for ics on my Bell 8.9 LTE….. not sure if its real or i’m just dreaming.
Now we need to see if we can get jelly bean. LOL
yes the 4.0 update is out for Rogers for the Galaxy tab 8.9 . Got mine today
wow i can’t believe how 3 days ago i turned my device on to check for an update and of course there was no update…i wasnt surprised. Decided to check the site out here for some info and i see this post and ppl getting thier update, im thinking ya ok this is bull shit no way is the update actually out now. i turned my device on and there it is, the update is available from Rogers. Thanks for the post
Ditto the comments from Hinton. We have been promised an ICS update for Tab 8.9 for months but nothing happens here in the UK. This is very bad form from Samsung.
However I have used a friend’s Nexus 7 alongside my 8.9 and I prefer the latter, 3.2 notwithstanding and would not switch.
Question: I have an AT&T Samsung Galaxy 8.9 SGH-I957 that I do not use (nor plan to use) LTE on; strictly wifi. Can I safely install one of these updates on my tablet?