The Samsung Galaxy Tab will finally be receiving an operating system update, but not to Google’s Honeycomb tablet OS. Instead, the seven-inch tablet will be upgraded from Froyo (Android 2.2) to Gingerbread (Android 2.3).
Samsung claims Gingerbread brings faster performance with support for more powerful 3D graphics, user interface tweaks including an enhanced keyboard, and an improved copy-and-past function complete with movable bounding arrows.
The update will begin in May with the Galaxy S smartphone, starting with the UK and northern Europe. It will then roll out for the other galaxy devices and to other European countries before coming Stateside. There is no hard date for the US release.
It’s unclear if the Galaxy Tab will ever receive the Honeycomb update. The Android tablet sports a single-core 1GHz processor, which is not as powerful as the dual-core processors found on the first Honeycomb tablets. However, the less powerful NOOK color, which sports an 800Mhz processor, has been rooted to run Honeycomb. Also, Sprint reps have confirmed that the EVO View 4G tablet, which has a single-core 1.5GHz processor, will either ship with Honeycomb or receive it as an update after launch.