Before the arrival of Jelly Bean, Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich was at one time the latest version of the Android operating system for mobile devices. Back then, smartphone and tablet manufacturers all scampered to fit the development of ICS in their respective timelines. When Samsung first came out with details about its plans in getting the smartphones and tablets in its stable upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, the Korean electronics giant confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Samsung Galaxy Note will be the first devices to get the Android 4.0 refresh with a projected Q1 2012 rollout.
The company however did not release that many details about the development of Ice Cream Sandwich for its line of tablets. There are reports however that the Samsung has finally gotten around to pushing out the update to its tablet line and first in line to get the Android 4.0 refresh is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The update is now being rolled out in the UK and several other countries in the European continent and both the 3G and Wi-Fi only versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are now getting their tasty treat of Cream Sandwich. Sad to say, users of the tablet in US shores will still have to wait some more before the update finally makes it to our side of the world. On a side note, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the subject of a preliminary injunction in the US after Apple files a lawsuit claiming that the Korean smartphone and tablet manufacturer infringed on some of its patents, particularly the now infamous ‘604 Siri patent.
As for the update, Samsung is pushing out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 via OTA and via the Samsung Kies software so users of the tablet have the option of either waiting for the notification to come up on their tablets or just hook up their Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to their computers to let the Samsung Kies software do all the heavy lifting. Aside from the tablet, rumors have it that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be the next Samsung slates to get upgraded to ICS.
As for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the tablet has an NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 chipset in its internals to power its operation. This SoC gives the tablet a dual-core 1 GHz Arm Cortex-A9 processor and 1GB of RAM. In terms of storage space, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was released in a 16GB, 32GB and 64GB version while its display is a 10.1-inch (as it name suggests) PLS TFT panel made from Gorilla Glass with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The camera department of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a bit outdated already with only a 3.15MP shooter at its back panel and a 2MP video call camera out front.