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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 & 10.1 finally get Ice Cream Sandwich update

Some devices in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab range of tablets are finally getting an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, nearly a full year after its release.

The South Korean company has confirmed that the ICS update is already live for its Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 slates. It can be downloaded over the air or through Samsung’s Kies software application.

“Any further updates for the Galaxy Tab range will be announced in due course,” the company told TechRadar.

For now, the update is only available for UK tablets, with no word on when customers in other countries can expect to be blessed with 4.0 ICS. As for the latest Android operating system, that’s likely even further down the road.

"The rollout of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has started with Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ and Nexus S devices. We will announce updates to the rest of our Galaxy portfolio of devices in due course,” the company said.

The disappointingly slow turn-around time for Google’s manufacturing partners to release new software updates to their handsets and tablets is sadly an Android standard. While some devices, including the brand-new Nexus 7, are already leaps and bounds ahead with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an overwhelming 60 per cent of Android devices are still running 2.3 Gingerbread, which was first released back in 2010.

Meanwhile, less than 16 per cent are on Ice Cream Sandwich and only 0.8 per cent have Jelly Bean.

If the trend continues, users looking to get their hands on 4.1 may have to wait another year or splurge new handset altogether.