It was a good bet that the new Samsung Galaxy Tabs would receive an update to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) from Honeycomb (Android 3.x), and now it’s confirmed with Samsung claiming the updates will occur soon after Q1 2012.
The Samsung tablets in line for the update are the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The original 7-inch Galaxy Tab, released more than a year ago, is not on this list and it still runs Gingerbread (Android 2.3).
Samsung Galaxy Note owners will not have to wait as long, as the 5.3-inch tablet/smartphone device will receive the update along with the Galaxy S II smartphone in Q1. Samsung claims it “will make separate announcements on details of OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements.”
Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest update to the Android operating system, and it is currently available on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. ICS, as it is commonly called, is a universal operating system designed for both tablets and smartphones and has more in common aesthetically with Honeycomb, Google’s dedicated tablet OS, than it does Gingerbread, the last version of Google’s smartphone OS, which appeared on some tablets.