Oct 31 AT 2:31 PM Edgar Cervantes 12 Comments

Verizon’s OG Samsung Galaxy Tab gets Gingerbread update

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Frozen Yogurt is delicious, but you have to change things up after a while. The original Samsung Galaxy Tab has been around for about a year now, marking the beginning of the tablet wars. While it is definitely not the best tablet around, many of us hold it very close to our hearts.

If you happen to still be a proud owner of one of these 7-inch Froyo tablets, you might be in for a treat. Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is getting an upgrade to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, and it’s time to start checking for OTA updates.

Aside from Gingerbread (which should make the tablet much better in and of its own), Verizon/Samsung is also throwing in some extra improvements and features. Let’s take a look at the list:

Email and Messaging

  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
    New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press
    of the selected word copies the selected characters.

Web Browsing and Data Access

  • The “View Data Plan” icon has been added to replace the “Music Player”
    icon on the homescreen. Using this function, a Pay-As-You-Go user
    can adjust their Data Service subscription. Month-to-Month users can
    continue to use the “My Verizon Mobile” app to monitor their data usage.
  • A “Verizon Data Service” feature has been added to the Settings
    menu. Using this function, Galaxy Tab users can view their current
    plan and usage, learn how to change service plans and activate or
    renew data services.

Device Features and Applications

  • Download Manager App:
    New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing,
    email attachments and other apps.
  • App and Power Management Details:
    Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of
    active applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
  • Use the front-facing camera as a camcorder. Alternate between the
    front-facing camera and camcorder with the slide of a switch.
  • Download App icon now displays within the Applications page.
  • Widgets will resize to accurately reflect landscape or portrait mode.
  • Enhanced display options have been added (wallpaper, color density, etc.).
  • Supports Verizon Pay As You Go prepaid data service plans.
  • Downloads no longer timeout in Android Market.
  • Corrected recorded video orientation.
  • Includes Google security patches.

There you go, guys! Though it isn’t Honeycomb, it’s always nice to see updates coming, even if they may be a little late. Go check your software updates and see what your good ol’ Tab has in store for you. Don’t forget to hit the comments and let us know how Gingerbread is treating you. Does the tablet feel much better? Is it enough to keep you from purchasing another device for a while?

Via: Phandroid

Source: Verizon Wireless

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    I hated the 7″ concept of the Galaxy Tab, until I played with one in person. This tablet is awesome, though eclipsed by the newer and better ones out there. Good to see Samsung is still supporting it!

  • Jeremy

    Too little, too late. Been running cm7(2.3.7) for a month now. Waiting for cm port of ics.

  • Nathan

    Wow finally

  • Koolio

    Took them long enough…

  • Richard Yarrell
  • Adryan

    All i can say WOW!!! really?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! A little late to party. Oh yeah party ended like 10 months ago or so when honeycomb came out( if that time frame is wrong let me know i just used a some what random number off the top of my head).

  • aj

    All i can say WOW!!! really?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! A little late to party. Oh yeah party ended like 10 months ago or so when honeycomb came out( if that time frame is wrong let me know i just used a some what random number off the top of my head).

  • Akib

    Hey Gys i m frm Bangladesh whre Verizon’s netwrk r not available….i using verizon wireless samsung galaxy tab 7″ i800….my aunty send it frm Canada….now the ques. is can i get 2.3.5 update via Wifi on my Tab??? Plz help me…plz ans. me of u knw somthing abt it….:(

  • pritams

    good effort…

  • Andrew

    I just bought my SGT7 a month ago so it was already running the 2.3.5 Gingerbread and it works awesome. So awesome im not even sure i want to run ICS or HC from what i read those OS s dont have all the bugs out yet. Down the road when theyre stable maybe but til then im stickin’ to what i know and i know gingerbread is fully functional and all my apps and media work great. Ya cant fix something thats not broke.