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Samsung Begins Roll Out of Gingerbread To Galaxy Devices

There are more than a few people who know of Samsung’s track record with keeping their devices updated to the newest and greatest Android OS. Needless to say, it’s not that great, but it looks like they were listening at Google I/O.

Samsung will begin its roll out of Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” to the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, Gio, and Galaxy Ace starting mid-May, which essentially means right now.  That’s a pretty great list, but we’ll see if they include the Fascinate which was left out in the cold on Froyo for quite some time.  And as you may have expected, the U.S. is not first in line.

“The Android 2.3 upgrade will start with GALAXY S in the UK and Nordic countries from mid-May, and gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa and rest of the world according to the regional plan.”

So now all the wonderful Samsung owners have a wintery Gingerbread Summer to look forward to.  Full press release after the break.  

Samsung Offers Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” Upgrade for GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab

SEOUL, Korea – May 16, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a global leader in Android™ mobile devices, today announced the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) upgrade to the Samsung GALAXY S, GALAXY Tab, and GALAXY Ace/Gio/Fit/mini, giving users enhanced performance and an improved user interface.

The GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab are Samsung’s intelligently designed smart devices with 1 GHz application processors, giving users an intuitive, immersive and integrated mobile experience.

The upgrade from Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3 offers an even greater user experience, with features including:

· Faster Performance – Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.

· Upgraded Usability – The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.

The Android 2.3 upgrade will start with GALAXY S in the UK and Nordic countries from mid-May, and gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa and rest of the world according to the regional plan.

The upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s device management software. Kies can be downloaded from Samsung’s corporate website (http://www.samsung.com).

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.

For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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  • John

     Who wants to put $$$ on when this OTA will get pulled?

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

     If this is going to be posted here. Why does an.droid-life.com exist?

    • Bladebarrier

      Why does your comment exist? 

      • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

        eh, I just don’t understand why a website that hasn’t been touched for two months, (for a few posts then another month.) is still being hosted when the content that would be posted there is being posted here instead.

  • GM DAVE

    What about the Samsung WiFi Galaxy Tab ?  Will it be getting 2.3 update via Kies or at all ?

  • Anonymous

     I’ve got to defend Samsung here.  Their update record with the Galaxy S line is only garbage in the U.S. They updated to Froyo fairly quickly overseas and were the first to Gingerbread (they started rolling it out weeks ago, but it had stopped for some reason and is now starting again). 

    This update lag garbage in the U.S. needs to be firmly laid at the feet of the carriers, like most problems with Android.  Blame Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and at&t. Samsung has issues with the Galaxy S line (broken GPS, cheap, plastic build quality, messed up internal memory) but they have updated quickly and they are one of the only manufacturers making really open Android phones (no locked bootloader, they release their source code). I am tempted to jump on a European Galaxy S 2 since it will work on at&t 3G (and possibly T-Mobile) and I won’t have to deal with the U.S. carriers messing up a good phone.

  • Wbdrummer

    I feel alot better about wanting a SGS2 now

  • http://twitter.com/jamdev12 jamdev12

     I think finally Google put it to the phone manufacturers and the carriers to get their act together and have all Android devices at 2.2 and above firmware levels. This is great that way we can shut Steve Jobs mouth with the fragmentation BS.

  • http://twitter.com/jamdev12 jamdev12

     I think finally Google put it to the phone manufacturers and the carriers to get their act together and have all Android devices at 2.2 and above firmware levels. This is great that way we can shut Steve Jobs mouth with the fragmentation BS.

  • http://twitter.com/erikjdurwoodii erikjdurwoodii

    I hope by “entire Galaxy S Family” they include the Continuum.  Talk about underutilized potential.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LEP2PO6BC524BBC4K5CRPFOJFY josh

    Maybe Samsung is trying to prove that they do notice that they were bad with updates and are trying to improve upon it? Maybe my Charge will get an update to 2.3 soon :/ 

  • Anonymous

     If my Tab gets Gingerbread before my Droid X, I’ll take back all of the bad things I’ve said about Samsung.

    • Anonymous

      You ought to anyway, since the Galaxy S line has had Gingerbread for a while outside of the US. US carriers suck, not Samsung. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IRXQUPRGYT353VRYHBW35SFHBM dustin

      im on my third captivate because of software issues, second one wasn’t even rooted, and now my third one has turned itself off 4 times since i got it 2 weeks ago (but at least i dont have to watch the boot-animation for 15 minutes strait). ill give them appropriate credit if and when i see ginger if i havent convinced at&t to give me an Inspire, but will never buy or recommend another samsung-made android. another samsung-made android.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZEOR74PDUTWFZDRCOADOUN5NBI Tami

    Well folks, I was talking with my dad last night (he has a Fascinate) and he got Gingerbread yesterday.  I haven’t seen it, so I can’t verify this 100%, but his description of the change of the UI certainly sounds like it! 

  • Beneathonyxskies

    Wait. Hold on. You’re saying that Samsung, the company that officially sucks at updates, is going to have Gingerbread on their phones before my Droid 2 has the official update? Wow.

  • Rain_king46

     do we know if this is just verizon or if it includes at&t galaxy devices too?

  • Interstellarmind

    i don’t understand why europeans get UPDATES first? hardware, i get: their majority cell phone users are more willing to embrace newer tech. but software updates? are europeans being used as guinea pigs? or are they getting blatnatly preferential treatment?

  • Beezy

     Thanks Moto…SAMSUNG BEAT YOU TO AN UPDATE!

    • urdaddi

      heh…all they have said is there will be an update.   It is NOT here yet.  So at this point who knows if they beat Moto? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Moto’s updates don’t permanently corrupt internal storage, though. 

      • John

        lol….true 

  • Silentmajority

    Where the hell is my X update?!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

     You know the nice thing about the fascinate rolling out so late was that they didnt have to do it through KIES like all other carriers did.

  • Anonymous

     wasn’t it vzw that delayed it….i mean the update didn’t come from kies for vzw… but was an ota…just wondering.

  • Stephen D

    The Galaxy S2 has already had 2 updates and a camera update, and the Charge has already been updated, and now this. Maybe they really are turning things around?

  • SugaShane

     If the fascinate gets GB before the X, I’m probably not going to do anything, but I’ll be pissed. 

    • Justice060

       Yeah same with the D2G…..

      • Interstellarmind

        moto has dropped the ball hardcore, in my opinion. really dissapointed. 

        • Justice060

           I agree.   What devices do they have actually have official gingerbread compared to the rest of the landscape.

        • Justice060

           I agree.   What devices do they have actually have official gingerbread compared to the rest of the landscape.

  • YourMomsLooseTwaht

    second dump

  • YourMomsLooseTwaht

    Crap