US owners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are now in the process of updating their tablets after they have received notifications about the availability of Android 4.0.4 OS for their tablets. However, not everyone with the device was notified on August 13, 2012 because this is a gradual roll out procedure. After being notified, tablet users can connect to Wi-Fi networks to download the update and upgrade their devices. The total update package is 254MB and users should opt for a fast Wi-Fi network when updating their devices OTA.
Originally, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with an Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS. It has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor that will support the new ICS update. With the update, users will have a faster calling function. The users can use it as a phone immediately when receiving a call by turning on the receiver mode. This feature is good when you are in a public area. You no longer need to have a Bluetooth headset for the same function.
This ICS update has in fact arrived late. Samsung had announced that it would be in a month’s time after June but it only came just yesterday. Many users have been smiling in the morning because of the good news and some want all their mornings to have the same surprises. That might not take long because hot on the heels of Ice Cream Sandwich; the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is beckoning.
The ICS is also bringing a better memory management as well as power utility to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The new user interface of the ICS comes with Face Unlock, which recognized the face of the user. There are no more swiping fingers or inputting a pattern to unlock. The Gmail application has also received a facelift on speed and security as well as interface. The interface redesign will affect many applications and is worth the upgrade, making the device more user-intuitive.
If the above mentioned are not reasons enough for upgrading, more users are doing so because of the expected fixes of bugs and security enhancements that come with the Ice Cream Sandwich version. However, it might be a good idea to wait until the roll out is well implemented. For instance, sometimes, a new bug fixing results in the development of other bugs. Samsung does not expect this to happen on the ICS upgrade but it is not a bad idea to wait just to be sure.
Other owners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 who are on a Verizon contract have yet to receive the update. So far, we have only heard that it is only available for Wi-Fi only device owners for now.