If you’re a T-Mobile customer and own either a Springboard tablet or a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus bought from your carrier, it’s time to get excited. That’s because both of these devices are set to receive updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich imminently.
In fact, the update for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus should already be available. That’s the good news. The bad news is that for some reason Samsung and TMo decided to restrict it to Samsung’s desktop software Kies. So no over-the-air goodness for you in this case. You’ll have to use a computer to download and install the update to your tablet. Furthermore, your existing home screen layout will be wiped by performing the update. Your tablet should be at least half charged when attempting to update.
After applying the update, your Galaxy Tab will run Android 4.0.5 and software version T869UVLG7. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, grab the latest version of Kies from here. Then just install the update by using Samsung’s desktop software. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to use Media Hub after August 27 if you haven’t updated to ICS.
Full instructions, complete with screenshots, are provided by T-Mobile over here.
If the Springboard is your T-Mobile tablet of choice, you’ll need to wait one more day for the ICS update to make it to your device. That said, unlike what’s happening for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, your update will be delivered over-the-air.
That means you won’t need a computer to download and apply it. This update will make your Springboard run Android 4.0.3 and software version S7-303uV100R001C201B035.
As with any OTA rollout, it may take a while for your tablet to notify you that there’s an update available. So, if you’re impatient, you can always just go to Settings > About tablet > System updates (Google) and hit Check Now. Maybe you’ll get lucky. But remember, start doing this tomorrow.
The Springboard’s ICS update is a 90 MB affair, and it’s recommended to have at least 50% battery left when starting the procedure.
Aside from the usual bits and blobs that ICS brings to the table, this update also improves the touch experience, fixes the Unrecognized SIM card error, improves Wi-Fi connectivity and memory allocation, and fixes reboots.
Apparently, this update is required to receive future OS updates. Whether that means minor improvements here and there, or that an update to Jelly Bean is in the works for the Springboard is unclear. Let’s hope for the latter, though. Full instructions and details about the Springboard’s ICS update are available here at T-Mobile.