After Samsung suspended the last gingerbread update, after an unspecified problem in mid-april, it is ready to have another go – the last time it was thought to be a Google issue, Samsung are now ready to bring Gingerbread to the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab. and the rest of the Galaxy family.
The company has this morning released word that it intends to update its entire Galaxy S family line, starting with models in the UK and Nordic countries from the middle of this month. The rest of the globe, including North America, will follow suit “according to the regional plan.”
Also benefiting from a Gingerbread upgrade will be the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, which already got a taste of Android 2.3 in Italy, and the company’s bevy of budget Galaxy devices, the Ace, Gio, Fit and mini.
The upgrade from Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3 offers an even greater user experience, with features including, faster performance, improved multimedia playback and an improved user interface.
Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.
The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.
The update will be offered over-the-air and free of charge – although those users who opted to buy a branded handset through a carrier may have to wait longer than those who have a SIM-free, unlocked handset, as additional testing is required from each mobile network.
The updates are due to go live for Korean users this week, with the UK to follow shortly after – while US users will have a little wait on their hands before getting the upgrade.
The upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s device management software. Kies can be downloaded from Samsung’s corporate website (http://www.samsung.com).