Sunday, July 3, 2011

Updating Samsung Galaxy Tab from Android 2.2 (Froyo) to Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread)

Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) is available for Samsung Galaxy Tab now.

In order to perform the update using the "official" way, you need a computer installed with latest version of Samsung Kies.

Launch the Kies application in the computer, then connect your Samsung Galaxy Tab to it with the USB cable. Set the connection type to be "Samsung Kies".

Kies will detect the Samsung Galaxy Tab and automatically inform you the availability of Gingerbread update.

The process starts with downloading the update file to your computer.

After that, you are given a chance to backup your data in the phone to Kies. Although this update will not cause any data or setting lost to your Samsung Galaxy Tab, it is always a wise choice to perform a backup, just in case.

Then, your Samsung Galaxy Tab will be automatically rebooted into download mode, and the update file will be transferred from your computer to the Tab.

Once the transfer is completed, the update process will begin. Then, your Tab will be rebooted again. It will take some time during its first boot up after the update.

You will be advised by Kies to disconnect the USB cable, reboot the Tab again, then connect back the USB cable. Your computer will then update its USB driver to connect to your Tab with the new Android Gingerbread ROM.

Among the new things after this update are 2 new apps installed in your Tab, namely Sketch Memo and Pulse. Sketch Memo is a pretty handy app that worth a try, but it doesn't come with any widget, which I think it should.


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adam said... Reply To This Comment

This is really a useful guide to all technically-challenged Samsung Galaxy Tab owners out there :)

enzo said... Reply To This Comment

I accidentally unplug may Tab During Upgrading may Galaxy Tab to Gingerbread and now I cannot open it Now how will I so pose to Do?
I need Help

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment


Try the recovery mode by turning it on with power button while pressing the volume UP button.

In the worst case, send to Samsung service centre and get them fix for you.

MDC said... Reply To This Comment

where do i download the gingerbread file to install ?

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment


Kies will download it automatically.

AbG haNz said... Reply To This Comment

thanks for the info, i will try its..

just asking,
can P1000 upgrade to 4.0?

if can, no need to buy others tab.

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment

@AbG haNz

There are 3rd party ICS ROM for Samsung GT-P1000, such as AOKP.

Evan Jj said... Reply To This Comment

i plug my tab in, and kies says there is no update available. what do i do?

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment

@Evan Jj

You can bring it to the service centre for update, or you can use 3rd party flash tool such as ODIN to flash a new ROM.

Raaynesh Vasu said... Reply To This Comment

Does it format my pictures my contacts my messages and others staff pls tell as soon as possible...because my tab is running very slow pls help!!!!I need to upgrade pls...

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment

@Raaynesh Vasu

If you don't factory reset the Tab, the data will still be there.

francisco sy said... Reply To This Comment

my tab connects but it say connecting... but its stuck on connecting.. it cant connect! what will i do? PLEASE HELP ME!

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment

@francisco sy

You might want to give a try on this:

Fixing Android unable to connect to WiFi network problem with FXR WiFi Fix And Rescue

Cidalia said... Reply To This Comment

Hi, can I reset ( hard reset) my Galaxy P1000L before upgrading it? How can I reset it?

Voyager8 said... Reply To This Comment


You can find the Factory Reset option in Backup & Reset settings.

You can also do a Factory Reset inside Recovery mode.

For instruction to go into Recovery mode, can refer to here.

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