Samsung Galaxy Tab gets Android update

Good news and bad news time. The good news is in the headline – an Android update for the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. The bad news? It might depend on just where you bought yours from.

According to Recombu, the Android update doesn't turn the Tab into a cutting edge Honeycomb device. Instead, this is a jump from Android 2.2 to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That upgrade should start coming through in the next couple of weeks, claims a Samsung source. At least for some people it will.

The first update is said to be available to those who have bought 'open market variants' of the tablet (SIM-free in other words), with the new version of Android available to download for it via the Kies desktop app, which is a Windows-only program. If you've bought yours via one of the networks, the wait will be longer. O2 is talking about August, with none of the other networks as yet coming forward with specific dates.

The update will offer enhancements like improved cut ‘n paste and better download/app management, for example. You can get the lowdown on the OS here. As for the Galaxy Tab, that was reviewed favourably by us late last year and can be picked up pretty cheaply these days from a variety of places, even your local Asda. If finances are tight, it might be worth a second look with that update.

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