Early adopters to the Android tablet movement – basically people who bought Galaxy Tabs – are now feeling some extra Samsung love. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for their Android 2.2 Froyo Tablet devices are now rolling out, providing extra oomph to Samsung’s first response to the tablet trend last year.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android tablet that came out about 6 months ago with a 7″ 1024×600 capacitive screen, 1Ghz processor, dual cameras and SD movie capture. It was launched with Android version 2.2 Froyo and was one of the first few Android tablets from a major device manufacturer.
Fast forward to 2011 and Google introduced the newest version of its platform, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. With it came some slightly revamped UI features, better keyboard, copy/paste tweaks, performance upgrades, and other enhancements. Android 3.0 Honeycomb also came along as an OS more closely designed for tablet use. While the 2.x versions of Android were designed specifically for smartphones and were not recommended for tablets, manufacturers like Samsung stuck with it for their original Galaxy Tab but did promise an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread to give the device some extra future-proofing.
Well, kudos for Samsung for keeping their promise as the Gingerbread update for the original Galaxy Tab is already starting to roll out. The first few devices that recieved the update were in Italy and it should be spreading around the globe in the next few days. Mostly, the unlocked, non-carrier versions will be getting this update as carrier ones will need clearance from their providers.
If you own the Original Galaxy Tab right now, go ahead and check your KIES software to see if you’ll be running on Gingerbread today.