Samsung Galaxy Tab Gingerbread 2.3 Update releasing soon
According to Unwired View, users over at the Androidiani Forum have reported that Samsung seems committed to supporting owners of its original Galaxy Tab, at least for now.
Samsung has officially released the Android 2.3.3 upgrade in Italy and other countries are soon to follow. This news is particularly important as there are hardware limitations for Galaxy Tab to run the Honeycomb version of Android, tailored specially for tablets.
Gingerbread improves the user interface quite a bit, and it also makes copy and paste a more pleasant experience too. The update adds near-field communications support as well, but that’s useless on the Galaxy Tab, since it doesn’t have the hardware to make use of that technology.
There has been no word on the update hitting other places as of yet, but according to AndroidOS.in, the update is expected to hit India by the end of this month. While the fact that it’s not a Honeycomb update is a bit disappointing, an update is an update nonetheless and we’ll take Gingerbread over FroYo.
GSM Arena also reports on the 2.3.3 Gingerbread update and points out that this may be the best update original Galaxy Tab owners will get, as earlier rumors suggested Android 3.0 Honeycomb won’t ever come to the first Tab, the Samsung P1000. However it’s also noted that 2.3.3 is a major update and taking into account the cost of the original Tab, especially as it’s now been reduced, it’s a pretty worthwhile deal.
The details of the firmware are as follows:
- KIES Firmware Version : P1000XXJPZ.
- This ROM is running Android 2.3.3, Firmware Version: 2.3.3
- Versione banda base : P1000XXJPZ Base-band version: P1000XXJPZ
- Versione Kernel : 184.108.40.206 – se-infra@SEP-52 #2
- Kernel Version: 220.127.116.11 – if infra-SEP-52 @ # 2
- Numero build : GINGERBREAD.XXJQ1
- Build Number: GINGERBREAD.XXJQ1