Samsung Starts Rolling Out Android 4.0.4 ICS For The Galaxy Tab 8.9 In The United States

Slowly and steadily, Samsung has been updating its Galaxy line-up of devices to Ice Cream Sandwich. After getting its flagship devices, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, out of the way by Q2 of 2012, the Korean company has been silently updating its tablets to ICS.

After rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has decided to shower some Ice Cream Sandwich love on the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Android 4.0.4 update for the tablet is already live in the United States, can Tab 8.9 owners can use Samsung’s KIES software to install the update. The update is also being rolled out via OTA, but the update notification might take sometime to hit your tablet so use Samsung’s KIES software if you cannot wait to get your hands on the update.

The Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi will bring with it some much needed performance and stability improvements, UI tweaks, Face unlock, in-built data monitoring tool, enhanced copy and paste and in-built dictionary and much more.

Keep in mind that as of now, the update is only available for the Wi-Fi only variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9, and not any of the carrier versions. Owners of carrier-branded variants of the tablet need to wait until the update is approved from their carrier.

Via – SamMobile

T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi Taste Ice Cream Sandwich In The United States

After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the various Galaxy Tab in different regions of the world, Samsung has turned its attention to the United States. The Korean company has start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.

The ICS update for both the Tabs brings some much-needed performance and stability improvements, UI refinements, new features like Face Unlock, in-built Data Monitoring tool, updated Google Apps and more.As of now, only the Wi-Fi variant of the Tab 10.1 is receiving the ICS update.

Owners of the 3G/4G LTE variant of the Tab 10.1, need to wait until the OTA update is ‘tested’ and approved by their carriers, which can very well take up to a few months. The 254MB OTA update should be available to all Wi-Fi Tab 10.1 owners within the next couple of weeks. T-Mobile Tab 7.0 Plus owners need to use Samsung’s KIES software to get Ice Cream Sandwich on their device.

Hopefully, Samsung will roll out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the forgotten Tab 8.9 owners pretty soon as well.

Via – Phandroid

Samsung Rolls Out Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update For Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung has been taking its own sweet time to update its devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The company started rolling out the ICS update for the Galaxy S2 back in late-March, and followed it up with the Galaxy Note, AT&T Galaxy Note/S2, and more recently the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

The Tab 7.7 was the first tablet from Samsung to taste Ice Cream Sandwich, thanks to its similar internals as the S2/Note. Starting from today, the Korean company has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its first 2011 tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. As of now, the update is being rolled out for the Wi-Fi or 3G variant of the tablet (P7510/7500) depending on the region.

A quick reminder of all the new features in Ice Cream Sandwich include a new keyboard with next word prediction, improved performance and stability, enhanced notification bar, revamped UI elements and much more.

The Motorola XOOM was among the first tablets to get Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, but Motorola did not update the kernel version of the tablet to 3.x. Thankfully, Samsung has updated the core kernel of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the Ice Cream Sandwich update to 3.1.10, which should help improve the overall performance, battery life and stability of the device.

Via – SamMobile

Samsung Treats Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Owners With Some Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung has already updated its flagship 2011 handsets, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note to Ice Cream Sandwich. The company however seems to have forgotten the ICS update for its tablets, with only the Galaxy Tab 7.7 (P6800) receiving the update until now.

Joining the Galaxy Tab 7.7 with some Ice Cream Sandwich love is the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The Tab 7.0 Plus is a budget oriented Android tablet from Sammy, and packs in a dual core 1.2GHz OMAP processor and a GB of RAM. It is quite surprising that Samsung has updated the Tab Plus before the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and 8.9, which were the company’s flagship tablet for quite sometime.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Tab 7.0 Plus brings with a nice speed boost and stability improvements, along with improved keyboard and copy & paste system. There is also Face Unlock, inbuilt data monitoring, H/W acceleration and more. The update is already live in certain regions of the world and is available via OTA as well by using Samsung’s KIES software.

Hopefully, Samsung will be rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Tab 8.9 soon as well.

Apple Wins U.S. Injunction Against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab

On the eve of Google I/O, a U.S. judge has issued a preliminary injunction against all sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which gives Apple a huge advantage on its ongoing legal battle against its handset rival. Reuters reports that U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple’s request to block sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. This decision comes after Samsung’s petition to rehear the patent case was denied. The report also says that the injunction will be effective once Apple puts up a $2.6 million bond set aside for Samsung if the sales ban is later found to have been in error.

Haha, at the bond Apple had to put down. It is like Apple said “yah, we’ve got that, let me get out my wallet” to Samsung. After all, the company does have over $100 billion in cash.

AllThingsD received a statement from Apple that reemphasized their previous claims that Samsung had copied the iPad:

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Nope, copy-cat Samsung was not copying Apple at all. Not at all. If Microsoft was able to create its own design for the Surface, why wasn’t Samsung able to do the same for the Galaxy Tab?

Samsung Admits It’s Not Doing Well in Tablets; Hopes to Change That

At a recent press conference at MWC 2012, a Samsung executive has finally admitted that the company is not doing very well when it comes to the tablet market. Unlike the smartphone market, where Samsung has done exceedingly well and is now the top smartphone manufacturer in the world, its offerings have failed to catch on when it comes to tablets.

“Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market,” said Hankil Yoon, a product strategy executive for Samsung, during a media roundtable at MWC. No shit, Sherlock.

Though it is one of the top Android tablet manufacturers, it still lags miles behing the top dog – Apple – which leads the market by a huge margin. Apple has traditionally offered only one model with different capacities, but Samsung has been throwing everything it can make, in all sizes and specifications at consumers hoping that at least something would stick. Unfortunately for Samsung, nothing has.

Samsung has unveiled two more tablets at MWC this year – the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0 and 10.1) and the Galaxy Note 10.1. However, both of them have failed to impress me, and I doubt, they will be the iPad killers that Android fans want them to be.

However, now that Samsung is past the denial stage, we can hope that it at least understands the problems it faces, and will bring us a tablet which is far better than the current range of Android tablets.

In the meantime, Apple is apparently getting ready to launch the iPad 3 on March 7. Expect it to blow away the competition in terms of sales, at least in the coming quarter.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 680 (Galaxy Tab 7.7) Now Available In India For Rs 33,751!

Samsung had announced the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the second half of 2011. However, the company did not announce anything about the availability of the tablet, and now after quite a few months of its announcements, the tablet has started popping up in the retail stores of various regions of the world.

The company has also released the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in India, albeit with a different name – Galaxy Tab 680. The tablet is already available for purchase at the popular Indian e-retailer, Flipkart, for Rs 33,751.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 (680) is the first tablet from Samsung to pack in a Super-AMOLED Plus screen. Internally, the tablet is powered by the blazing fast Exynos 4210 SoC, clocked at 1.4GHz, and an ARM Mali-400MP GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory, which can be increased via the microSD card slot. While the Tab runs on Honeycomb out of the box, the performance of the tablet is surprisingly good. In fact, early reviews suggest that the tablet is as smooth as the Asus Transformer Prime running Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Tab 680 comes with Wi-Fi as well as 3G connectivity. In fact, users can also use the tablet to make phone calls! All other usual sensors and connectivity features are also present, including a 3MP camera at the back and a 2MP camera in the front.

Samsung Galaxy S To Get a Value Pack Update Instead Of Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Just before  Christmas, Samsung announced that it won’t be upgrading the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This led to quite an uproar and protests, and Galaxy S owners even started an online petition so that Samsung update their handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Thanks to all the negative publicity that the company was  receiving, Samsung changed its decision and said that it is re-evaluating the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S and Tab. Now, it looks like Samsung has finally made up its mind and not be updating the Galaxy S to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will however release a ‘Value Pack Upgrade’ for the handset, which will enhance some of the existing features of the phone like web-browsing, multi-tasking etc. The Android OS version will remain the same at Android 2.3 Gingerbread though.

Samsung had adopted a similar strategy for its Wave 525 and 533 handsets. The company had announced that it won’t be updating these two handsets to Bada 2.0, but instead will be  releasing a value pack update for the handsets.

Samsung Re-Evaluating Ice Cream Sandwich Update For The Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab

Late last week, Samsung announced that it won’t be updating the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, even though both the devices are more than perfectly capable of running it. The company stated that it cannot fit all its TouchWIZ related enhancements and Ice Cream Sandwich on Galaxy S and Tab.  The Nexus S packs similar internals as the Galaxy S and Tab, and is  receiving  its Ice Cream Sandwich update at the moment.

The company faced quite heavy criticism from more than 15 million Galaxy S customers. In fact, ever since Samsung’s announcement, Galaxy S/Tab owners all over the globe have started online petitions so as to force Samsung to update both the devices to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Now, according to a Korean website – ajnews – Samsung has backtracked its statement and is currently evaluating to see if it can manage to install Ice Cream Sandwich on the limited memory available on the Galaxy S and Tab.

Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Not Getting Official Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade

Samsung, which has had a relatively good track record with OS upgrades especially for its Android line-up, has let out some unexpected news today. It has officially stated that it won’t be upgrading the very popular Samsung Galaxy S and the first Samsung Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

While both devices have hardware which is powerful enough to run Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung states that they lack sufficient RAM and ROM to run ICS along with their custom TouchWiz UI and some other widgets that they bundle with their devices.

Since the Nexus S received the official ICS upgrade, everyone was expecting the Galaxy S to receive it too, as they have almost similar hardware specs. But then the Nexus S runs a pure form of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, free from any ugly custom interfaces.

This is definitely one area where iOS and Windows Phone fare much better than Android. Custom user interfaces have delayed OS updates for most Android phones in the past, but now, because of these custom UIs, some high-end phones aren’t even eligible to get an OS upgrade they are fully capable of running, had the manufacturer not plastered it with some bloated UI.

Anyway, you can always flash some unofficial ICS ROM onto the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab.