Roughly two week ago we’ve reported that the long-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been released OTA in UK on the Wi-Fi only tablet and in Italy on the 3G variant. More recently, according to reports, the US WiFi only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ice Cream Sandwich update has begun trickling out.
Nevertheless, there are still lots of people and many Galaxy Tab 10.1 variants out there that haven’t received the update yet, but due to the latest happenings things are not looking so grim all of a sudden. To be more precise, Samsung has recently released the source-code for the GPL portions of the Ice Cream Sandwich software for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus. What does this mean and how will you benefit from it? Check back after the break for details.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 / 7 Plus Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4 ICS)
Ok, so here’s the deal. The fact that Samsung has released the source-code for the Android software on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7 Plus does not affect you directly in any way. You can’t really make use of these files unless you’re a developer but the good news is that there are many hackers / devs out there who breathe this stuff.
That being said, all you need to do now is wait for these wonderful people to build some fully functional AOSP-based ROMs and then you’re one step away from getting a pretty decent Ice Cream Sandwich build running on your tablet. Evidently this will require flashing and rooting so if you’re not into this then I suppose you’ll simply need for Samsung to launch the official update over-the-air.
If however you’re interested in getting your fingers dirty with some custom ROMs then it’s only a matter of time (hopefully a few days) before you’ll be able to do so. We’ll keep you up to date if a cool build shows up on our radars.
Thanks Android Central for the heads-up regarding the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, 7 Plus Ice Cream Sandwich source release.