Ice Cream Sandwich Update Rolls Out to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi Owners

It may not have happened within the month Samsung had mentioned in June, but this morning, owners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are waking up to see an update prompt for Ice Cream Sandwich. Why can’t every morning be like that? The update will place users at the Android 4.0.4 marker and weighs in at a healthy 254MB.

Enjoy ICS, Tab owners.

Cheers Michael and JlMclain!

Samsung Upgrading the Whole Galaxy Tab Line to Android 4.0 Next Month?

The second version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 may have launched with Ice Cream Sandwich, but many owners of the original are still wondering where their update is. If the rumors are right, Samsung will be sending out updates to most of their old line of tablets starting next month. That includes the:

  • Galaxy Tab 10.1 WIFI/ 3G
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9 WIFI/ 3G
  • Galaxy Tab 7.7 WIFI/ 3G
  • Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 WIFI/ 3G

The original Samsung Galaxy Tab seems to be a bit too aged to get the bump to ICS, but it’s good to see that Samsung is committed to all these other devices. Other than all the upgrades the ICS brings, the update is said to improve battery life and overall speed of the tablet. There are no dates set in stone yet, but it sounds like it will be sooner rather than later.

Via: SamMobile

Verizon Hosting Dads and Grad Sale: $100 Off All 4G LTE Motorola Phones

Verizon is hosting a Dads and Grads sale for the next couple of weeks to celebrate the lives of recent graduates and the amazing fathers in our lives. Through this sale, you will find $100 off any 4G LTE Motorola phone, which includes both RAZRs ($99), the DROID 4 ($99) and the Bionic (free). You will also find other phones on the cheap or for free, but the Moto devices are the clear draw here.

On a related note, one of our readers spotted the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 32GB of storage for the same price as the 16GB model. If you are in the market for a tablet on contract, be sure to grab the 32GB for $429 and not the version with less storage.  (more…)

Samsung Starting to Rollout Ice Cream Sandwich Officially, Coming to Tabs 10.1 and 8.9 “Soon”

With the announcement that a few European countries would have Ice Cream Sandwich rolling out to their Samsung Galaxy SIIs, Samsung also gave us a friendly reminder about a few of their other devices. Android 4.0 for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 will “follow soon” to the update that is rolling out now.

Samsung also confirmed the dreaded “value pack” firmware upgrade for phones like the Galaxy S. After saying the Galaxy S wasn’t getting ICS, then backtracking and then said the phone might not get a value pack either; users were frustrated. But Samsung explains a few details of what they have up their sleeve:

The firmware upgrades for GALAXY S, for example, include Face Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor, and others.

So it is a little something isn’t it? But is it enough to appease Galaxy S users? Let’s just hope for Samsung’s sake that the ICS rollout across the world doesn’t take too long.

Via: Facebook

Verizon Releases List of Phones to Get Ice Cream Sandwich Updates

Verizon has been silent for the most part when it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich updates for their lineup of Android devices. Many of the OEMs that they deal with have informed us in one way or another, but we were waiting for Big Red to make some things official since they sign off on final software. Their list is now public and is as follows.

For HTC devices, we will see Android 4.0 on the Thunderbolt, Incredible 2, Rhyme and Rezound. Sorry original Incredible owners. For Motorola devices we will see it on the XOOM, Bionic, RAZR, RAZR MAXX, DROID 4 and XYBOARD tablets. Sorry DROID X, DROID X2, and DROID 3 owners. For Samsung devices it looks like only the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7.7 will see it. No DROID Charge. From LG, only the Spectrum will receive ICS.

Sooo, quite a few devices missing including a couple that should have more than enough power under the hood to run Android 4.0.

Update:  Yes, I see that it says “4G LTE devices currently scheduled” in the press release which has led many to believe that this is simply a 4G LTE only list and that some 3G devices were specifically left out. I’m having a hard time following that logic since the Incredible 2 and Rhyme were also listed and are 3G-only phones. Also, the DROID Charge which is 4G LTE, is left off. This is an assumption of course, but I would tend to lean towards this list being pretty complete.

No dates were given. (more…)

CM9 Pre-Alpha for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi Released

Steve Kondik took to G+ this weekend to announce that a CM9 pre-alpha is available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi. To load it and see what CM9 has to offer, all you have to do is flash a recovery.img in fastboot and then the CM9.zip through there. Again, this is “pre-alpha” and not the final product.

It will still be a bit before we see full CM9 on many devices as the team is working to make the overall experience highly tweakable but with a more polished out-of-the-box experience. Cannot wait to see what they have in store when this is all finished.

Via:  Google+ (Files)

We Still Need Better Tablet Apps [Opinion]

For the past week I’ve been spending some quality time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. While I like the hardware for the most part and I don’t mind TouchWiz, I’ve been struggling to find a place for the device in my life. While a large part of it is simply that I’m not entirely convinced that a tablet is the best form factor, I keep finding myself disappointed with the app selection and quality. There are some great apps available for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, but overall I’ve been disappointed time and time again.  (more…)