Samsung Galaxy Tab users have been waiting for Gingerbread since before it even existed. A recently leaked internal document from Sprint has indicated that owners of one of the earlier entries to the consumer-grade tablet craze are just days away from Android 2.3.
The original Samsung Galaxy Tab actually debuted in the U.S. about a month before the Gingerbread software developer kit (SDK) was released, with the Tab arriving in November, 2010. Since then Honeycomb has proliferated, literally dozens of tablets have been put into production, and the Galaxy Tab has continued chugging along with continually lowered prices on various carrier networks.
It appears Sprint will be giving the Galaxy Tab a jolt of life, releasing the Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade on July 5. This puts the Galaxy Tab on the same level (at least software-wise) as Sprint’s other Android 2.x tablet, the HTC EVO View 4G. The upgrade will arrive over the air, and should be available to all users within four days of its initial release.
In addition to Gingerbread, the update will also bring the less exciting upgrade to HID Bluetooth. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is still available from Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and U.S. Cellular (where it can be had for $200 on-contract). There is no word on whether the other carriers will also update their respective Samsung Galaxy Tab units.