Gingerbread on the Galaxy Tab

Well, it's no longer in question. The Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy S line of phones are officially receiving a Gingerbread update. Samsung put out a press release this morning breaking the update news. According to the release, the update will begin to roll out in the UK and Nordic countries mid-May. Soon after, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, Middle East Asia, and Africa should follow.  If you guys are getting the update, be sure to tip us and let us know. Or share your update news in the forums. Press release is after the break.

 Samsung Offers Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” Upgrade for GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab

- New platform upgrade gives users increased speed and performance

SEOUL, Korea – May 16, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a global leader in Android™ mobile devices, today announced the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) upgrade to the Samsung GALAXY S, GALAXY Tab, and GALAXY Ace/Gio/Fit/mini, giving users enhanced performance and an improved user interface. 

The GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab are Samsung’s intelligently designed smart devices with 1 GHz application processors, giving users an intuitive, immersive and integrated mobile experience. 

The upgrade from Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3 offers an even greater user experience, with features including: 

· Faster Performance – Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience. 

· Upgraded Usability – The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality. 

The Android 2.3 upgrade will start with GALAXY S in the UK and Nordic countries from mid-May, and gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa and rest of the world according to the regional plan. 

The upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s device management software. Kies can be downloaded from Samsung’s corporate website ( 

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. 

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It's official, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab are getting Gingerbread mid-May


Sammy is really pushing hard... I heard TouchWiz 4.0 is alot better than the others.... So I guess the only thing left for them to fix is all that Plastic on their phones... And everything will be perfect

I wonder where that leaves the infuse and charge. The older devices are being updated while brand new devices are left on froyo?

what a crazy world we live in.

Notice how they don't say which year? :-)

Remember that this is Samsung we are talking about. If the length of time it took for them to update to Froyo is any indication of this Gingerbread update...May 2012 sounds about right.

In the US anyway. The Froyo updates in other countries didn't seem to take that long.

Not that that helps me, as an AT&T Captivate owner. I'll believe this when I see it on my phone.

ScubaGuy, what makes you think A Samsung update has anything to do with the EVO? I have the EVO, but still. The leaked version of GB for the EVO doesn't even include a new version of Sense, you honestly won't even be able to tell you have anything different. Don't lose any sleep worrying about the crappy update HTC has cooked up for the EVO.

I give Sammy HUGE credit for this. They are working hard to change their rep and the users are the ones who benefit. If the new Sprint Galaxy S2 doesn't have a physical keyboard... then I see a Samsung phone in my near future. Excellent work.

Just put 2.3.3 on my EPic 4G last night. A few small bugs in the ED12 build but definitely worthy of being a daily driver. Netflix works great on it and the crt animation never gets old.

I have no problem with the use of plastic on Galaxy S phones. It keeps the phones light weight and most people buy cases for their phones anyway.

I wouldn't be surprised if we see Ice cream sandwich for Galaxy S 1 and 2 devices.

I will believe it when I see it. Samsung has such a history of slow, buggy updates (when they actually release them) that most Samsung Android phone consumers are rightfully cynical. As the owner of a Droid Incredible, I will stay with HTC since they have a very good track record with proactive updates. I am happy that Samsung hasn't abandoned the original Galaxy Tab yet.

Just please note that the press release does not say anything about the Epic, Vibrant, Captivate, or the Fascinate, it just says the Galaxy S phone. I know the release says North America, but Canada has the the Actual Galaxy S phone. I don't want to be a downer, but there are going to be people who say "Samsung promised Gingerbread in May" but the way I interpret the release, this isn't the case for US owners.

Actually, the article says "Galaxy S Line of phones." So, by default, that would include the Epic, Vibrant, Captivate, and the Fascinate. That is the "Galaxy S Line of Phones."

The article written by Android Central says that, but the press release from Samsung does not.

The press release just says "Samsung GALAXY S, GALAXY Tab, and GALAXY Ace/Gio/Fit/mini"

...and a few paragraphs down in the press release it says,

"The Android 2.3 upgrade will start with GALAXY S in the UK and Nordic countries from mid-May, and gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa and rest of the world according to the regional plan."

So it does mention the North American Galaxy S phones (Captivate, Fascinate, Vibrant, Epic), you just didn't keep reading.

I am a proud Epic user, and I see why you want to believe. However, Canada is a part of North America and in Canada, the base Galaxy S is an option, so again I stand by my statement that nowhere in the press release does it imply that the US based Galaxy S phones will get the Gingerbread update in May.

Trust me, I would love to be wrong, but I don't think I am. The press release listed specific phones, and the US models were not included in that list.

Actually Canada does NOT have the I9000 galaxy S. Canada has the I-896 Captivate through Rogers. It is almost identical to AT&T's Captivate. They had the same problem getting Froyo as we did.

If you have a GSM TAB and dont want to wait just head over to XDA and get a super fast Samsung Gingerbread ROM that will fully unlock your TAB so you can even make phone calls on it if you want.

lol. When I read this article, it didn't even occur to me that it was already May. Thanks for pointing that out, or I would have sat here patiently waiting for a month or two, then been shocked when the update rolled out "early".

Hope this includes the U.S. line, the only hesitation I have is it says the update is through kies and I know the Epic has not used kies but maybe the other carriers have.

Regardless its great news and I look forward to Gingerbread when it comes.

@Bat_man58 the leaked version of Gingerbread might not have the new sense on it, but a leaked version would mean it is still in development so that could change.

Just be very aware of one key fact in this news... Samsung is very explicit on who is getting this update first & THEN it goes into "The General Release" schedule. From online reviews I've read & the handful of international folks I communicate with (my employer is based in Germany) one trend is very common; They always get updates to their smartphones VERY fast (within days of the announcement) & there is absolutely no carrier bloatware added to their phones. NONE ZIP ZERO NADA. You see it's not allowed under EU trade laws to be mucked with by the wireless carriers (wish we had that type of sanction in place in America). They do however pay a higher price for their phones so there is a tradeoff. Which you would prefer?

While I'm happy Samsung got the updates to all the American phones at last (better late than never), I have absolutely no doubt anymore that the blame rests with the wireless carriers in the US for the delays. Their track records with updating products is wayyyy worse than Samsungs. Ask yourself why is the iPhone always so quick in software releases & bug fixes... no carrier input & Apple handles it thru iTunes is the answer. Windows Phone 7 is a mess right now because the carriers can't keep their paws off of it & won't release software updates as they agreed to with Microsoft.

I cant believe people are on here complaining. be happy you are getting it...or get another phone if you aren't happy with what you got...see, simple,problem solved...and I understand people are frustrated, but this isn't the thread for that, this is good news...SHEESH!!!!

PFFT, Yeah right. as an owner of the Fascinate, believe me, we've heard this before. sure, they may start to roll out an update for the european GS when they say they will, but as soon as it's time for those updates to hit stateside i'll bet good money that we get the same run around that we got these past few months over froyo.
honestly, i hope i'm wrong, but i'm probably not.

Hmm sounds like the Froyo promise if you ask me, I'll belive it when I see the OTA on my mom's Fascinate. For now I'll just enjoy the leak on my Droid 2 with Netflix working WOOO! Oh yeah and if you guys have terrible battery life on the galaxy s phones Just wait gingerbread will help fix EVERYTHING!

so will this fix all the bugs froyo brought to my epic 4G? such as wifi working sparingly and randomly the music on my SD card not playing making me miss a lot of phone calls. i even did 2 hard resets and still getting these bugs. ugh.

I really hope it fixes the sluggighness, adds camera zoom when recording videos and fixes the losing connection problems on the T-Mo version, IDK about the rest. Also, would be great if they added UMA.

Was the release of Gingerbread something like Harold Camping's prediction of Christ's return last weekend? Maybe it really happened but was "spiritual," so we just don't know about it yet?!?!? Silliness aside, is there any further word on when Gingerbread might be available to us who are (im?)patiently waiting for it?