Last Updated: August 2nd, 2011

If you were lucky enough to attend Google I/O this year, then there's no doubt that you've been loving your limited edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (check out our review). You're about to love it even more, because the Android 3.1 update just went live.

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This update brings a gaggle of nice features, including widget resizing, USB host support, and improved multitasking, just to name a few.

Update #1: In addition to the standard 3.1 stuff, Samsung provides the following list (and warns to disable any device locks prior to the update specifically for the I/O Tab):

KF3 (Google IO):

Core update from Honeycomb 3.0 to 3.1.

  • Adds Books
  • Removes Samsung Aps, Music Hub, Amazon, Kindle, & Weatherbug applications

You can pull the update manually right now from the About tablet > Software update menu (you have to choose United Kingdom when asked for region). Once that is done, you will be prompted to create a Samsung account (note: this is required in order to pull the update). Past that, it should tell you that a firmware update is available. Let it do it's thing for about 15 minutes, reboot, and you should be rocking 3.1.

It's worth noting that if you've rooted your device and installed ClockworkMod recovery, that you may want to hold off on performing this update right now, as we're not sure what effect it will have on root.

Update #2: According to _mrbirdman_, both the bootloader and root are safe (i.e. root is preserved and is achievable if you haven't rooted yet, and fastboot oem unlock still works):

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Update #3: If anybody is having problems applying the update (failed update after 13%, 29%, etc, with an error message referring you to Kies), it's likely happening for one of three reasons:

  • the updater is finding mismatched apps in /system/app
  • the same happens for the bootloader (boot.img)
  • or recovery (recovery.img)

gbhil at Android Central forums is spot on with solutions for all 3 issues. His tips worked like a charm - in my case, I had Pulse.apk named com.alphonso.pulse.apk in /system/app for some reason. After I renamed it in Root Explorer, the update went through just fine!

Update #4: Alternatively, you can now flash a vanilla Honeycomb 3.1 image from here using ClockworkMod recovery.

[XDA, Samsung]

[Images from One Upon A Life]

Cameron Summerson
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  • Jeff

    "Failed to update firmware" Any else having problems?

    • Jeff

      Stopping several of the running processes fixed the issue.

    • Will

      I had this problem. Removing the docking cable fixed it.

  • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

    Damn, my Galaxy Tab is off at Samsung getting fixed. Hope to have it back in a few weeks... Looking forward to the update!
    Can someone let me know if Labs is now enabled in the browser, and if there are any other changes?

  • heavy


    I'm trying to get the update but everytime I try to update it fails to connect to the server.

    Anyone else is getting this error?


    • blobpet

      I get the same problem.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Same problem a few times. Had to restart a couple of times, stop breathing, then it worked.

  • Josh

    I'm having the same issue -- reset to factory defaults and still isn't fixed.

  • Uphor8

    There seem to be quite a few of us with failed updates (13%, 29%, etc), even for those who haven't modified anything. I've seen no solution that worked so far.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Fix found and posted above. Mine was failing after 29%, but with the fix, I was able to finish the update just fine.

  • jason

    wtf? i have to create an account just to download the update. i can't be the only one that thinks this is ridiculous. please note that it also sounds like it hooks your device to some sort of location service for your tablet. you may be able to opt out of that after actually creating an account.

    why can't these manufacturers duplicate the nexus experience? timely updates without annoyances (kies, accounts, ...). i just want to update the software.

    thanks for removing the crappy preinstalled apps though. does that include removing pulse? it's annoying that i can't remove it and can't get it to stop putting up notifications/syncing something even though i've never set it up either.

    i don't have a problem with pre-installed apps. i only have a problem with not being allowed to easily remove them.

    if i wanted a company controlling what i put on my device i would just go back to an iphone/ipad.

    sorry if that got a little ranty.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Agreed - no reason to register whatsoever. Samsung is 100% to blame for that one.

      As for preinstalled stuff, I hear your pain but you can remove it if you root. It's really easy with the I/O Tab.

      • jason

        As for preinstalled stuff, I hear your pain but you can remove it if you root. It’s really easy with the I/O Tab.

        i was thinking more about not tech savvy friends, etc. granted, that doesn't apply to the i/o tab, but i think unremovable preinstalled apps is bad for android as a whole. i think it leaves a bad impression for consumers when they can't remove something that clearly isn't part of the core software (core software being what's shared between all device manufacturers).

        i think this is where ui overlays also fail. it creates confusion about what android is and how it behaves. it makes support harder when devices are different. it would be different if the overlays were unequivocally better than stock, but i've yet to see one. most of the time there's a few nice things with a bunch of unnecessary differences.

        maybe there needs a to be a manifesto or list or whatever from the android community (whatever that is) about what the expectations are from device manufacturers since google doesn't seem to be doing much in this regard. it does seem like google is making some effort now though.

        does google publish the requirements for licensing the android market or google apps like maps and gmail? my extremely quick google search didn't turn anything up.

  • Android Guru Wannabe

    Is it just me, or is the Videos (rental) capability not part of this update?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's not indeed.

  • Miroslav

    I'm looking for source code for the kernel part and other open source parts of 10.1, would anyone be so kind to point me at....was looking for them @ open source samsung page, no luck.

  • JP

    This update is total crap. Removing the kindle app? Thankfully I have the amazon app store installed so I was able to reinstall it.

    Other gripes:
    1. Stock wallpaper removed and replaced by some obnoxious alternative.
    2. Most important updates in 3.1 not included, quick controls for browser, and Google Video. Why are we not at parity with Xoom?

    Overall experience actually seems worse. I'm seeing many more timeouts while browsing.

    Seems this 3.1 update is stuck somewhere in between the marketing that Samsung has on their website for 10.1 and Android from Google.

    We have a half-ling here!!!!

    A black eye for Samsung, truly shameful.

    Let's get a new update out quick Samsung.

  • macy

    my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 cannot finish the update neither. The Browser just keep crashing every 5 minutes after I failed the updates.

  • http://mohamd محمد

    طريقة تحميل الانريد وسفتوير واذا كان عن طريق الماركة وش اكتب وطريقة التحديث

  • Skangel

    Hey I have a problem with mine... I had an update of some sort I don't even remember now... It gave me a choice weather to update now or later... So I updated but It restarted but now the screen displaybis messed up... I don't know how to fix it... It's all a big blur and lines now... I'm so frustrated

    • veezy

      me too! i have a bunch of lines going across the screen. i have no idea whats going on...

  • l0sta

    i can't update my tab because when i'm starting to run update Kies says me that one of drivers cannot be used (MTP drive)
    and this problem runs everytime

  • james braselton

    hi there i am having the same problems i was upgrading the 3d movie store on my new lg thrill 3d phone got done says eror can not update or let me go back i upgraded from a 2d iphone 4 too a 3d lg thrill if i get too watch 3d movies on my 3d phone i will let you know

  • Gayle Grenier