It might not be the belle of the ball any longer, but U.S. Cellular has approved an update for the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, bringing it some Gingerbread live in the form of Android version 2.3.5. While it's not Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich, it is a vast improvement over the Froyo (Android 2.2) build the Tab shipped with, and should breathe new life into your faithful electronic companion. Besides the advantages of Gingerbread itself, the change log has a few nice bullet points:
- VPN support
- Improved volume control when playing a video or movie while listening with a headset
- Google security patches: DigiNotar certificate revocation; Libpng security update
- Remove auto accept of Bluetooth paring for Handsfree Profile (HFP). This vulnerability allows a nearby third-party to auto connect to Bluetooth HFP and potentially access contact data on the mobile device.
Now, for the bad news. The update is not an Over The Air (OTA) style affair, and must be done via the USB cable and a Windows computer. This means that it's going to wipe away the data on your Tab, and of course involves software and driver installation on a PC. Samsung has set up a nice support page for the issues that are bound to crop up, and of course the Android Central forums are full of people who can help -- don't be afraid to hit them up. Check out the links if you're needing to update.