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Samsung tablets finally getting Android ICS upgrade

With Android Jelly Bean still a long way off for most devices, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is taking its (potentially rather brief) place in the limelight.

Samsung has taken a better late than never approach to the OS for its devices, finally announcing Ice Cream Sandwich updates for its range of tablets.

The upgrade is first set to feature on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, with updates for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 expected to follow.

To get the upgrade users will simply need to connect the device to your computer using the Kies desktop software, or by download it over-the-air.

Android Jelly Bean coming soon for Samsung

The South Korean manufacturer has reportedly said that it won’t have the same delay in bringing Jelly Bean to its devices.

Samsung has not given details of when we’ll see Jelly Bean, but it has said it will start with the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ and Nexus S devices.

Google is said to be planning on giving handset makers more warning before introducing future versions of Android, to avoid a similar situation in the future.

A number of reports have predicted that Jelly Bean may take some time to be taken on by handset makers including Sony Mobile, LG, and HTC. LG has said it is still focused on rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich on to its models, rather than refocus its efforts on Jelly Bean.

Ice Cream Sandwich: What’s on offer?

Some of the benefits of Ice Cream Sandwich include easy multitasking, rich notifications, customisable home screens and resizable widgets.

Google claims the OS also makes inputting text faster and easier, while boasting new browsing and email capabilities. But with the OS only making its way on to a few handsets so far, Ice Cream Sandwich could start to look old while it’s still new.

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