After long last, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Ice Cream Sandwich update is finally available though those who wish to get their hands on it will need to snag it through Samsung’s Kies application.
The Android 4.0 software update for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has become available through the Samsung Kies application which forces device owners to download and install the software by using their computer. The process, on paper, is pretty straight foward. Plug the device into the computer through a USB connection, make sure the latest version of Samsung Kies is up and running, and let the software run.
Soon, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Ice Cream Sandwich update should be up and running which will be a big improvement over Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Those who need some further assistance will want to head to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9 page which offers all the instructions one will need to get the software up and running.
As we saw with the AT&T Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update, Samsung Kies often isn’t the most reliable way of installing Android software but unfortunately in this case, users of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 have no choice as Samsung says it will be through Samsung Kies only. That means that the update will not be rolling out Over-the-Air so owners should not be wasting time looking for it.
Those who don’t wish to go through Kies can also find it at SamFirmware, available for download.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is going to bring an overhauled version of the Android UI, improved Notifications and re-sizable widgets, more lock screen functionality, improved functionality for spell check and typing, as well as a new Favorites tray and home screen folders. Again, it’s a huge upgrade over the previous operating system which means that owners of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 for AT&T will want to download and install this as soon as they get the chance.