Galaxy Tab

Verizon has announced that the Gingerbread update is coming soon for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The original Tab is often forgotten with the onslaught of tablets that have been released afterwards, but it remains a favorite among many Android fans. This news is great for Tab owners on Verizon who have been wondering if they would ever see another software update for the device.

The update is to Android 2.3.5 and will bring:

  • Improved security for the PIN method. When using the PIN, the device will no longer request a symbol as a numeric entry
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • A 'View Data Plan' icon so that users can adjust their plans accordingly
  • Verizon Data Service feature will allow users to see how much data they have used so that they won't go over
  • A new download manager app
  • The ability to use the front-facing camera as a camcorder
  • Widgets will resize to reflect landscape and portrait mode more accurately
  • Support for Verizon Pay As You Go prepaid plans
  • Google security patches

The update is currently listed as 'Coming Soon' on Verizon's website, so as soon as we hear it go live you'll know too. For more, check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab Forum.

Source: Verizon

There are 18 comments

05 TypeS DC5 says:

I take it that means it will also be released on the other versions like the sprint one?...

cashxx says:

Who cares it should be running 4.0 by now!!

johncihak says:

I can't believe it was still running Froyo. This is just one thing that sucks about Android tabs. They are kept obsolete because Google can't update them and the vendors are too lazy to support them once they are sold.

Jayshmay says:

I wonder if this means anything for the Samsung Droid Charge, if a GB update is imminent??? Hmmm. . .

Jayshmay says:

I'm STILL wondering to mysekf what exactly the stand-out feature is of Gingerbread??? With Froyo it was the Biluty to store apps to memory card, but what stands out with Gingerbread, I haven't a clue.

happasaiyan says:

front facing camera support for skype

xemtra says:

it was released on the sprint Tab months ago

brandendeuce says:

I've been up and running 2.3.7 on my unbranded tmobile for a few weeks now. Geez I love samsung but hate how they come out with a new phone every day almost and these SLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWW arse companies take this long to update to an os that is 2 releases behind. I'll be rocking ICE CREAM OR HONEYCOMB way before it gets released for our first tabs.

jtwebfusion says:

I too have been running cm7(2.3.7) on my vzw tab for a month now. It's sad that we'll have to wait for a CM port of ICS on the OG Tab since it has the hardware to run it, but Samsung/carriers won't take the time to port it.

I'm not going to buy a new tab(7.0 plus), just to get the OS that my OG Tab should have.

If Samsung can get HC to run on 7.0 plus, then the OG Tab should get it too!!!

GreyCelt says:

I wonder if that means GB for the WiFi only version... DOUBT IT!!! Come on Samsung! You didn't even have to worry about carrier issues with this one! You could have just released an update yourself. I truly feel like the ugly step-child after buying this Tab. No support what-so-ever by Samsung and next to nothing from the dev community as well.

Ok...I'm done now.

reelon says:


richardpandy says:

I still don't have Gingerbread of my Droid Charge. How lame.

About gosh dang time! pretty lame how long it takes. there has got to be a better way of doing things....

vlaxgoalie says:

ok legit question time, will my tab being rooted stop me from taking this latest update? im on dj11 bc i rooted before taking the ec02 update, it wont take the ec02 and it is a real pain to sbf back to stock unrooted 2.2. any thoughts would be appreciated.

rsa says:

I'm in the same situation as you! All we ca do is cross our fingers that we can load it.

Generally, when you root you lose the ability to get OTA from the carrier.

nitestorm says:

My tab is rooted after ec02 update and now I got the update requesting to upgrade to Gingerbread. Would I lose root if I install it and does gingerbread in the original tab make it run smoother and less lag especially with the browser?