Verizon Galaxy Tab 10.1 Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusively for the Verizon subscribers in the US. This device was originally shipped with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Earlier this year, Verizon has announced the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update plans for 14 Android powered devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. After waiting for nearly 6 months, Verizon is finally rolling out the much awaited Android 4.0 update for Samsung’s first 10.1 inch tablet.

The latest update is numbered i905.LP11 and it brings the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies including the new data usage monitor, updated quick panel, pinch to zoom functionality in homescreen, direct access lock screen, redesigned gallery app with photo editor, new system font for improved readability, resizable widgets, Wi-Fi direct support and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

Changelog:

* Applied Android Ice Cream (ICS) OS upgrade to 4.0.4.

  • Pinch to Zoom functionality has been added in homescreen and main menu screen.
  • Google Plus has been integrated.
  • Google Text-To-Speech Engine has been integrated in the upgrade.

* In Email search menu, search criteria by date, sender & title.
* In Email Composer, ‘undo’ and ‘redo’ options have been added.
* A quick response message may be quickly inserted into the body while composing a message.
* Initiate a ‘New Meeting Invitation’ for Exchange accounts.
* Wi-Fi Direct support by Android platform.
* Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor includes:

  • More ways to sort albums by time, location, people and tags.
  • Photo studio that allows users to crop and rotate pictures, set levels and remove red eyes.
  • Improved Picture Gallery widget lets users look at pictures directly on their home screen.

* Rich and versatile camera capabilities including:

  • Continuous focus.
  • Android 4.0 Zero shutter lag exposure.
  • Stabilized image zoom.
  • Single-motion panorama.
  • Apps can now set custom metering regions in a camera preview.

The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. If you still haven’t received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

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 Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE Arrives On US Cellular For $399

US Cellular recently launched the much-awaited 4G LTE network. The initial rollout of 4G LTE includes select cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. US Cellular is the first wireless carrier to offer 4G LTE in several of these markets. Last month, US Cellular announced that the company will soon launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S Aviator. Today, the wireless carrier finally launched its first 4G LTE device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

“The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the first of many cutting-edge devices slated for use on the 4G LTE network,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “This sleek and functional tablet makes it easier than ever for busy customers to simplify and organize their lives.”

samsung galaxy tab 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE on US Cellular features a 10.1 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UX, 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, HD (720p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 32 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Gyroscope, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Quickoffice HD Editor, Stereo Speaker, Play Store, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, up to 12 hours of usage time, up to 400 hours of stand-by time and a 7000 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE comes with a price tag of $499.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. However, for a limited time, US Cellular subscribers in current and upcoming 4G LTE markets can get this device for $399.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 year service agreement. To get this device, simply head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Announced; Runs on Ice Cream Sandwich

The biggest mobile tech event every year, Mobile World Congress, has not even kick-started yet, and Samsung just unveiled two of its products – the Galaxy Tab2 10.1 and the Galaxy Beam. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the successor to the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, and shares the same internal as it. Wonder why Samsung is calling the tablet the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 then.

Anyways, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a 10.1-inch PLS TFT screen with WXFA (1280×800) resolution, 1GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, a 3MP snapper at the back capable of recording videos in Full HD resolution, and a VGA camera in the front for video calling. The same old Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia clocked at 1GHz does all the chugging work inside. All the usual connectivity features like HSPA+ 21Mbps, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, A-GPS and Glonass along with the sensors like Accelerometer and Digital Compass etc. are also present.

The only difference between the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the OS. While the former is running on Honeycomb, the latter runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ruined by Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will hit the markets of U.K first in March, before being available globally.

 

Samsung Galaxy S Aviator And Galaxy Tab 10.1 Coming Soon To US Cellular

US Cellular customers finally has a reason to cheer. US Cellular recently announced that the company will be launching the much-awaited 4G LTE network next month. The initial rollout of 4G LTE includes select cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. US Cellular is the first wireless carrier to offer 4G LTE in several of these markets. The company also announced a couple of 4G LTE devices including the new Samsung Galaxy S Aviator as well as the popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

“With 4G LTE speeds, you can quickly get what you want when you need it,” said Mary N. Dillon, president and CEO of U.S. Cellular. “This 4G LTE network builds upon our industry-leading network satisfaction and is the only one that comes with a valuable rewards program and other unique benefits like Overage Protection and Battery Swap that make our customers the happiest in wireless.”

galaxy s aviator galaxy tab

Samsung Galaxy S Aviator features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear-camera, front-facing camera for video calls, HDMI port, Android Market, etc. The complete specs of this device is still unknown. This handset might get the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update, later this year.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with a 10.1 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, Samsung TouchWiz UX, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, HD (720p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 and a 6800 mAh battery.

US Cellular will first launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in March, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator in April. The price of both the devices will be announced later. US Cellular will also announce the next wave of 4G LTE market later this month.

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Gets A Major Software Update

Earlier this year, Samsung announced the much-awaited Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the CTIA show. Few months later, Verizon released the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusively for its subscribers in the US. This tablet runs on the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Verizon recently started rolling out the Android 3.2 update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners.

The latest update is numbered I905.EL01 and it comes with an upgrade to the Samsung TouchWiz user interface, Wi-Fi Enhanced Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 support, Built-in support for industry standard VPN clients, Additional support for more wireless Wi-Fi routers, etc. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

samsung galaxy tab 10.1

Changelog:

Device Features, Improvements & Fixes:

  • Fixed issue that caused email to stay bold (reflecting an unread email) even though the user has read the email.
  • Google Security Patches have been applied.
  • TouchWiz user interface has been updated.
  • Wi-Fi Enhanced Connectivity
  • DivX
  • BT 3.0 support has been added
  • Additional support has been added for more wireless Wi-Fi routers.

Applications & Widgets:

The following apps and widgets have been added:

  • AllShare
  • Memo, Penmemo
  • Photo Editor
  • My Files
  • SocialHub
  • WorldClock

The following apps and widgets have been enhanced

  • Music Player(TouchWiz)
  • Video Player(TouchWiz)

Email & Messaging:

  • Enterprise ActiveSync supports additional security policies.

Enterprise Application Support:

  • Built-in support for industry standard VPN clients like Cisco AnyConnect.
  • Strong encryption for data in transmission, hardware encryption and remote wipe capability.
  • EnhancedMobileDeviceManagement (MDM) through partnerships with Sybase and Afaria clients.

The size of the update is 351 MB. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If you still haven’t received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

Apple May Not Win Injunction Against Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany

Back in early November, it was reported that  Samsung launched the 10.1N with a design-tweak of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany so they could avoid an  injunction  banning the sale of the device under its original design over claims of infringement from Apple. The redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N features a metal frame that wraps around its edges. It still looks like an iPad to me though.

Being the way Apple is, they wouldn’t let Samsung go so easily. They quickly filed suit in an attempt to ban then new design as well. Today, a new report from Bloomberg, reveals that a new judge in Germany has indicted that Apple is unlikely to secure a ban on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N for patent infringement.  Apparently,  The Dusseldorf court found that Samsung has changed the look of its touchscreen tablet enough to distance itself from Apple’s iPad.  “Consumers are well aware that there is an original and that competitors try to use similar designs, so buyers are vigilant when looking at products,” the judge reportedly said. “We don’t think that someone buys a Samsung to make his table neighbor at the coffee house believe he owns an iPad.”

A final ruling in the case has been set to be released on February 9th.  You would think the copying would be apparent to judges, but I guess not.

Samsung copying Apple

Apple Wins One-week Extension on Australian Galaxy Tab Ban

Lately, Apple’s been trying to ban Samsung’s Galaxy Tab from being sold in Germany and Australia. Just a few days ago, it was reported that  Samsung’s redesign of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet wasn’t enough to satisfy Apple. The iPad maker has asked  a German court to stop sales of the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Stubborn Apple is stubborn. That’s not all though.  At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was being considered by the court.

Apple vs Samsung

The Wall Street Journal  reported  that  Samsung’s lawyers had proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung’s proposed deal was not disclosed to the court.  About a month ago,  Reuters  reported  that Apple had rejected the offer from Samsung that would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Today, just a few days after an appeals court lifted  the sales ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia,  Bloomberg  reports  that Apple has won a one-week extension of the ban while the company to appeal the decision. Whoa, there! Hold up! If Samsung isn’t copying Apple, why exactly would the court allow Apple to win a  a one-week extension of the ban. This ban will allow the company attempts to appeal the decision.

In fact, Samsung  had been planning to begin selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia today ahead of shipments into the country this weekend. Ouch! That’s going to hurt sales for sure. Copy-cat Samsung also argued that the company was rushing to bring the device to market for the holiday season. HA! Why does it matter anyway? Not like they sell like the iPad does.

Recently, Samsung’s litigation strategy has also been under investigation by the European Commission to determine whether it violates anti-competition laws.



Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 3.2 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out Again!

Samsung has again started rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi edition in the United States.The company had originally rolled out the update last week, but had to pull it back since it broke Wi-Fi functionality for most users who installed the update.

The Android 3.2 Honeycomb update does not bring much visual changes, but does bring a noticeable improvement in the performance stability of the Tab. Google has also tweaked the GPU drivers in this update, so Tab 10.1 owners should expect to see a notable improvement in the gaming department and benchmarks as well. Other than this, the update also brings a compatibility mode for unsupported apps, ala the iPad’s 2x mode for iPhone specific apps.

The update is rolling out via OTA (Over-The-Air), and should hit all Tab 10.1 owners in the next couple of weeks.  Tab 10.1 owners, who have installed the previous broken Honeycomb build, need to download the update manually via KIES and then install it on the tablet manually.

This is the last Android 3.x related update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Tab Owners should expect the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, to land on their tablet sometime in late-Q1 of 2012.