A couple of weeks back, Samsung announced that it will unleash the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to its lineup of tablets that include the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. During the announcement, the Korean smartphone and tablet manufacturer let it slip that the Android 4.0 refresh can be expected to hit the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 in July and August. At that time, we were expecting that the tablet will get the actual update towards the end of July or the early parts of August. How wrong were on both counts!
As such, Samsung has already started the rollout of the update that will crank up the operating system of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 to Ice Cream Sandwich. The Android 4.0 refresh however is being rolled out via the Samsung Kies PC software and not through the usual OTA manner. So if you are waiting for that notification that will let you know the availability of the ICS update on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, it will not materialize for that matter.
If you happen to have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 for your tablet of choice, you will need to have the Kies software installed on your computer to take advantage of the update. If you haven’t got that installed on your computer, then you should download and install it as soon as you can. Once the Kies software is already up and running, all you need to do is hook up your Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 to your computer to get the update process started. If this whole process is just too much hassle for you, you also have the option of downloading the firmware update file and just have it flashed onto your Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 to give it its tasty treat of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Sad to say, the Android 4.0 refresh is not yet available for all Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablets and only those who have the original version of the tablet with model number GT-P6800 residing in Spain, Italy, Hungary, Germany, France, Belgium and Austria will get first dibs on the ICS update. Of course, it is only expected that ALL versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will also get their own ICS treat sooner or later – in this case, the sooner, the better.
As for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, this particular Samsung slate is said to be one of the best 7-inchers available in the market today. It packs an Exynos chipset under the hood which brings a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 1GB of RAM to the tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was made available in storage space ranging from 16GB to as much as 64GB and a microSD slot in its chassis enables a user to beef up the onboard storage of the device. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 also packs a SuperAMOLED Plus panel that measures 7.7 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It also comes with a dual-shooter configuration although the camera department of the tablet is a bit mediocre with only a 3.15MP shooter at its back panel and a 2MP webcam out front.