Samsung Galaxy Tab to get Ice Cream Sandwich in July

Posted by Mark Raby

Samsung's slate of tablets are about to bet upgraded.

 The Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus are all confirmed to receive the new version of Android, version 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Samsung brand is one of the most popular among the Android tablet market, so this update will be the most significant Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for tablets to date.

Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the biggest updates to Android yet, and includes such features as scanning your face to unlock the phone, a much more robust speech-to-text software program, and an entire platform of data sharing that focuses on Near Field Communication (NFC).

Several other manufacturers have pledged support for the new update, and a bunch of phones currently running an older version of Android.

Ice Cream Sandwich is now powering a decent amount of active Android devices, despite having a slow initial rollout in the early part of the year.

Google sees Android 4.0 as a big reset button on the mobile platform, since it has much stricter hardware guidelines that it hopes will help prevent fragmentation in the future. This is a goal we've heard in previous rollouts of Android, so we'll see if it actually is realized this time.