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Android 4.1.1 Now Available for U.S. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 Owners

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Owners of the WiFi Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 from Samsung can pick up the Android 4.1.1 update starting today through Kies. The update is pretty massive, weighing in at 300MB of Jelly Bean hotness such as Google Now, Project Butter, and the fancy notifications. 

If you are the owner of the Tab 2 and are ready to update, head into Settings > About device > and then hit Software update to begin the process.

Cheers everyone who sent this in!

  • Guest

    how do I get 4.1.1 update

  • molly


  • molly

    It still wont work for me like when i hold down the volume button and lock button

  • amanda

    I agree with Suzanne, the update on my galaxy tab 2 7.0 doesn’t work for me. All my apps have disappeared from my home screen and I use the screen shot button regularly and I cannot press the tiny button at the top of the screen to access the pop up menu which used to be at the bottom right of the screen without taking my tablet out of its case!

  • pinku

    I don’t like this version I need screenshort and show battery level on status bar

  • Mikey

    Wall paper is still boring, does anyone know how to move apps to the sd card on a tab 2 10.1? And if you can look at 2 Web pages at the same time? That would be nice.

  • This new android system stinks, and that is the nicest thing
    I can say.

    Who every worked on this new version you suck, and your
    stupid, I used to love my tablet, now I do not use it, ooops looks like it
    might get dropped.

    I hate the new features and the changes you have made are in
    a dark alley earning money for heroin by servicing homeless guys orally.

    I hope you are fired, and they replace you with a competent

  • Dave

    If you use Peel this update will also kill the IR blaster function turning it into a TV guide and not a universal remote.

  • johnnybgoood

    Another one of the 1% here! I want my screenshot back:-[ this is b#&[email protected]!

  • diane c

    I have a tab 10.1 and ever since receiving 4.1.1 a couple weeks ago, every time I “screen swipe” to page through the various home screens or list of apps/widgets, a female voice announces “page x of y” upon EVERY swipe. VERY annoying. Spent 45 minutes with Samsung support online chat but they could not help. None of the typical settings made any difference. Even turning off the sound or turning it all the way down does not turn off the screen swipe voice. I thought for sure someone else would be complaining about this by now but I am not finding anything about it!

  • paula♥

    Thank you angela thorton and any others,i too have just updated my tablet and wasnt happy when i found the screenshot button had gone as i use it quite a lot, i was glad when you told me that you can just hold the power and volume button down at the same time!you have saved me a lot of time! I also think the tablet is much better with the update!

  • Tab 2 10.1…. update is great no problems here!

  • To pin screenshot to homescreen-Settings/display/quick launch (multifunction key)

    • Suzanne Perrin

      What is multifunction key? I used to have quick launch but after this update it is not there under settings display…

  • jz

    Thanks so much for the help with the screenshot issue!! Realizing I had to hold the buttons down a few seconds took a couple tries though, haha! If anyone figures out how to write over the screenshot I’d love to know that. I was initially not liking the update, but after spending much of the day becoming ‘reaquainted’ with the altered and new features I’m not as upset and can appreciate them…It really was so annoying when the screenshot feature would go off accidently, problem solved! And the roll down notifications & shortcuts up top instead of bottom right is a definite improvement! My favorite thing with this tablet has always been the ability to print/scan to/from my existing brother printer using the brother app..so simple! I do tons of work from this tablet and sometimes things can be a bit difficult to figure out (like finding and attaching certain documents) but once I do it’s great! so if you’re skeptical about the upgrade I recommend just giving it some time to get used to it and let yourself figure things out. Good luck!

  • robbie t

    My tab is wrecked now.many problems. You people are stupid. It wasnt “broke” so why did you have to ” fix” it?????? UNIMPRESSED!

  • I was annoyed with the screenshot going off randomly ya, but i’d rather them move it, i use it often. heck I don’t know anyone who doesn’t use their screenshot, apple or android, rather annoyed with this. and when i’m trying to scroll it now starts zooming in when i’m on the internet. Not so happy with this

  • tune 881

    This is the worst “update” yet. My galaxy tab 2 7.0 is now extremely unresponsive(i have to tap multiple times) and often get a different result than what i tapped. The popup tools from the bottom right corner are gone,so now i have to take extra stepsto perform functions. I liked being able to go directly to email,stop screen rotation,etc.,without having to go to home or settings first. There are other things that i really HATE about this “update”, but i’ll just say that there are tutorials on how to revert to ice cream sandwich 4.0.4, and that’s what i will do.

    • jz

      The ‘shortcut’ keys are all still there, now you just have to drag down from the top of the screen instead of from the bottom. You might also want to go to ‘settings’ under personal ‘language and input’…’pointer speed’ and adjust it, that seemed to help me with the ‘tapping’ issue. 🙂

  • I miss the screen shot too! I can fix everything else! After the 4.1.1 update, everything was all changed or lost! But I want the screen capture back!!

  • EricV

    I too have noticed that after the 4.1.1 update, the battery life is very short. Any fix for this problem?

  • rhonda81767

    I got this upgrade saturday and now im ready to pitch this tablet into the sewer! It sucks! I had to reset back to factory, it was freezing up bad, glitching every game, and will not let me get on my favorite game ive been playing for almost a year now, with no issues.I factory reset, and it still won’t load my game, boots me right to home screen, am I mad? As ever!! Its taken me a long time to get to the level im at and I dont want to start over!!reset did stop the glitch and it hasnt froze up yet, homescreen way different, but the issue with game not resolved! !btw..I have galaxy tab2 7.0. Going to geek squad tomorrow, if they cant fix it, I want a replacement! !

  • QTL

    The screenshot hotkeys work fine for me (even by one handed – thumb and index finger). These shots could also be edited by finding the shot under “gallery” and choosing to edit it.
    Disabling the keyboard also works simply by pressing the “back” icon. If you’re having a problem with the keyboard, try downloading another one.

    There are indeed some differences from ICS but overall it is a working progress and huge improvement on smoothness. The layout is great for me since now I don’t have to keep scrolling between pages to find the apps I use the most. .

    My home page consists of the “accuWeather.com” widget originally installed and the time appears in it as well as the temperature; and a downloaded “battery widget” just underneath that to see the remaining percentage of battery.

    4.5/5 stars.

  • Mars

    I have the Galaxy Note 10.1 and since the 4.1.1 update yesterday all my main apps have stopped working! Have uninstalled and reinstalled all of them (main ones Facebook, Words with Friends, Scramble with Friends, iTunes Sync) and now I can’t even access them!! Even trying to access Facebook through the actual internet, I get the mobile app version and cannot in any way get internet Facebook!! So at the moment the Tablet is totally useless to me!! Any info on these issues would be greatly appreciated, thanks.


      I got mine to do desktop facebook by clicking the 3 lines with the arrow, on the top, right hand side and selecting desktop. Hopefully that works for you too! I hate the mobile fb!

      • tune 881

        Jenny,i also got mine to do desktop,using the same procedure,but ONLY ONCE! Every time i’ve tried since,won’t do. Just another example of the unresponsiveness that’s come with Jelly Bean.

    • tune 881

      I too get only the mobile app version when i go to “internet” then “facebook”. It used to be i’d see 2 icons for FB here and i could choose which format to click. I HAVE figured out how to get the other format, but it’s by tapping Google,entering ‘facebook'(usually facebook pops up after i just type f), then clicking on Log in to Facebook (NOT Log In, a couple lines below).

      • tune 881

        Wait,wait….what i mean is,you’ll see ‘Log In|Facebook. THAT is what you want to tap. Then you’ll see spaces for your name/email address,and password,and a log-in button. This should give you the desktop format.

  • Carol

    Do we have a solution on how to get the screenshot function back now? Thanks!

  • Jeff

    I updated my galaxy tab 2 7 tablet yesterday and I hate it. I can no longer see active applications in my task manager and holding down the home key to see recent applications doesn’t work any more. also the widget set changed and looks like I have widgets that are meant for a phone not a larger device with more screen space. The small weather widget I once used now covers half my home screen. I also don’t like that the back button moved and the status bar at the top is too small. Wish I hadn’t done the update!

  • Chester

    This update is terrible. The UI before was fine and they butchered it.

  • hatch55

    After the update my Galaxy Tab 2, 7.0 does not display the right time on the world clock that is in across the weather window. It is 5 hrs. slow and there isn’t any way to set it that I can find. Please help.

  • mark

    Try holding down screenshot button instead of just tapping.

  • keeks55

    I also have a Galaxy 2 (7.0 Student Edition) Tablet, & since the upgrade two days ago, I lost my screen capture icon & quick launch is missing from my settings. Samsung’s online chat department was of NO help! Instead it seemed as if he was simply re-wording my questions to use as answers. He also told me (while we were chatting) there’s no way to access my Android Version info while chatting with him, even though I was clearly able to. My battery drains in like no time which sucks! After reading a few post, it seems as though my bookmarks may be missing also? I’m not sure I haven’t checked just yet. I just want my screen capture & quick launch back, please help!

  • I just updated last night and the new ui layout is freakin awful. This is a huge disappointment and it sucks that they removed the screenshot shortcut. I just makes my tablet feel like a giant phone now. Hopefully there will be a way to change the ui in the future.

    • Try Nova launcher in the market. I am a stock kind of guy and was terribly resistant to changing over to a launcher until I found Nova. Makes it look like the Nexus line.

  • benzero

    Has anyone had any issues with an encrypted device? I can’t update because it’s encrypted, says I need to decrypt to do so. Does anyone have any info on that? Galaxy Tab 7.

  • Chris

    i have a Samsung galaxy tab 2 7.0 and the new update is awesome! i just hope
    they come out with it for the Samsung galaxy player

  • Suzanne Perrin

    Has anyone else noticed that the down arrow for minimizing the keyboard is no longer available? It is a pain when the keyboard is covering up part or all of a textbox. Any info on how to minimize other than trying to tap outside the textbox would be great. Thanks.

    • jz

      You can withdraw the keyboard now by pressing the ‘back’ button to the right of the ‘home’ button 🙂

      • Suzanne Perrin

        Thanks works great, except when my hand tremors are bad, medical issue, then I end up hitting back back.

  • ryan

    I don’t have quicklaunch on my display setting… any ideas on how to get it back? Help would be great.

  • Knlegend1

    Only thing I don’t like is the placement of the navigation buttons in landscape. Other than that I love it.

  • I updated mine. I don’t see a major difference quite yet. I still want a Nexus 10 tho.

  • Suzanne Perrin

    I have a galaxy tab 2 7.0 now after the 4.1.1 update everything has changed on my home screens and my settings ie. Sound, and all my bookmarks are gone from my home screens as well as my apps and widgets. (Yes i know i can put the apps and widgets back, but I shouldnt have to. And the bookmarks are just gone. ) Also the screenshot buttion is gone. I hate the new extremely small systems bar at the top of the screen it is a pain to see. I wish I could just go back to the previous settings.

  • lucero

    So how do we screenshot now on the 7,0

    • Suzanne Perrin

      Good question!? Some said go to settings, display then quick launch. But I can’t find quick launch.

    • Knlegend1

      Same as a phone. Power volume down.

  • kashmir

    Have galaxy 2 tablet 7 in. Updated and can’t find screenshot. Can’t find quick launch in display either. Any help is appreciated

  • uncle paul

    The question I have is,.. Will Samsung KEEP the Tablet UI or will they
    go to Phablet mode.

    I just got a Nexus 10, and HATE Phablet mode! its way too far to stretch for the nav keys.

    I put Paranoid Android on it, which is a GREAT rom!
    they took the crappy Honeycomb tablet ui code and rebuilt it to work amazing on 4.2.1.

    I really wish Google kept tablet ui, Phablet mode does not make sense, It also takes up way more screen real estate.

  • annoyed consumer

    Am I the only one that notices that the battery life is noticably compromised. Usually my battery would last about a day, even when I play RAM intensive games, now it only lasts about 12. And the lack of a screenshoot button is annoying. I know that I can use the power and volume down button but it isn’t as convient.

    • Cletus

      No. you’re not! I noticed the battery decline almost immediately on my Tab 2 10.1. Also, though it seems they’ve stopped it from crashing when you try to copy and paste (until it starts doing it again), they’ve added new annoying features,

      The most irritating I’ve found so far is when I tap a bookmark in Dolphin, it seems to go to the page, but the screen won’t change to the new page until you tap somewhere on the screen again. Doesn’t seem to be a problem with embedded links, though.

      The other thing I’ve noticed is that it cuts off the bottom half of web pages, and this problem goes on in multiple browsers. When I bring them up on my laptop they’re fine.

      One step forward, two steps back if you ask me.

      • jz

        The old version always cut of the bottom, i was hoping that would be fixed! Always hate getting to the bottom of a form and not being able to hit ‘submit’ or ‘next’…disappointed if its still happening!

  • simplemente lynda

    what happened to the screen shot? i want it back! (´・ω・`)

    • william

      go to settings then display then quicklaunch

      • I cannot find anything labelled “quicklaunch” under settings. Can you take me through this step-by-step, I really would like to be able to take screenshots again.

  • not a happy camper

    My tab2 7″ just updated but I dont like that the tablet no longer has screenshot and it doesnt automatically insert the word im trying to spell, I have to press it myself, which slows me down when I type. Please fix that.

    • william

      It’s still there. just go to settings then display then quick launch.

      you can change the setings for the keyboard too.

      • Neha

        Where is quicklaunch? I went to settings, then display, but there are only 6 options there and no quicklaunch

        • lm

          I cant find quicklaunch either! This new update sucks!

  • Raj Sujeevan

    Im using galaxy tab 2 7.0 from france and I already have 4.1.1 my cousin using galaxy s3 and he got 4.1.2 auto uptate today. But why my tablet is not update yet

  • Rob Watkins

    I received the update on my Galaxy Tab. 2 7.0 yesterday. It made my tablet awesome again

  • Google Play with access to 400K+ Apps, a MicroUSB port for connection to printers and other electronic devices, HDMI – to view personal videos and to download movies and watch in full 1080p (HD) on to a large screen TV, WiFi, Ethernet, and an option for 3G/4G connection. It’s also a great gaming device with its high resolution screen and motion gaming sensor. The site TabletSprint also offers a 7″ Compact Case with built-in Keyboard ($22) which easily transforms a tablet into a mini-laptop–

    TabletSprint also offers a few other brand new models with most launching in January, including the Novo 10 Hero – a full-size 10 inch tablet packed with impressive features for only $219–

    TabletSprint also includes $25 in quality Bonus Apps with all tablets available through their site…. both these new models and a few others are certainly worth checking out and comparing to other major brands–

  • Dain Laguna

    here is to hoping project butter breathes some life into these things

  • Nazzi_Muhammad

    About freakin time…

  • dbam987

    Still no love for the original Motorola Xoom (Verizon LTE), the king of Android tablets. Long live the Motorola Xoom!

    To be fair, according to Motorola’s website it does say 1Q of 2013.


    • akazerotime

      I’m running the VZW 4.1.1 on MZ602. Then again I am rooted

    • SedatedSylva

      However, back in September it said Q4 2012. 🙁 I’d love it if they got their act together and sent out the update.

  • anthony dantzler

    I received a tab 2 for Christmas and it was running 4.1.1 out of the box

  • Jorge

    I just updated my Galaxy Tab 2 7.

    I like having Google Now.

    The setting moved from where they were conveniently located at the bottom to the top.

    For some reason the pull down shade, alert section at the top, does not completely cover the width of the screen.

    In general it has the feel of a phone operating system on a tablet.

    The previous Samsung tweaks make it feel like a customized tablet operating system.

    However, I love Google Now, so I guess it is worth the trade.

  • Jim McClain

    Was hoping the 10.1 wifi would be first, damn

  • Bewara2009

    This year I am looking into buying a tablet not just any but Samsung for sure. Anyone knows which is the best so far?

    • Guest

      I have an extreme bias towards the N7.

      • Other than Samsung (note 10.1 and nexus 10), nobody has released a tablet with chips better than the Tegra 3 yet, right?

        Hoping we see some more powerful tablets soon.

        • JoshGroff

          As far as I’m aware, no.

        • cns2007

          Sorry replied to wrong comment.

    • cns2007

      The Asus Transformer Tablets are nice.
      My son has the TF300. That got 4.1.1 in September or October I believe. He loves it.

      Apologies if this posts multiple times, the comment system is acting weird for me.

    • RDJ

      The Note 10.1 is the best tablet or if you want something smaller the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the best small tablet.

      • Dain Laguna

        the best small tablet? the nexus7 would like to have a word…

        • David

          The Nexus 7 is the best CHEAP tablet. There’s a difference.

          If money is of no concern, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is literally the best small tablet.

          The Galaxy Tab has a better quality screen, better battery life, better camera, more storage, expandable storage, and better build quality.

  • Jon t

    When is the note 10.1 getting the update?

    • kfath1978

      I have the 10.1 as well and I am not holding my breath on it…. prob a good time to root!

    • JetBlue

      Wondering the same thing. Check everyday waiting to see if the update comes.

    • Jay20

      Damnn u read my mind! This is hopeful.

    • JP

      Hopefully before the end of January. I hope they make it 4.1.2 because if they release it with 4.1.1 it may be even longer before we get to easily add multi window apps.

    • socalrailroader

      DItto on that from me Jon.

    • Mars

      My 4.1.1 update on the Note 10.1 came through last night and it’s not good!! See my comment above!! It messes everything up and I can’t now get anything to work – infact I can’t access any of my apps!!

  • JJ VanKomen

    what about the note 10.1??

  • Mike Yost

    Funny thing is my girlfriend has been running 4.1 on her Tab2 7″ since late summer, due to Cyanogenmod and is already on 4.2.1. Glad to know Samsung is really pushing out those updates /sarc.

  • When will the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.9 get the update?

    • Matthew Merrick

      The what now? Do you mean the 7.7 or the 8.9?

      • Dain Laguna

        lol the fact that your response is actually serious is hilarious. sammy needs to cool it with sizes

  • Tony Allen

    There, now all the Wifi owner’s should be happy.