Samsung has been slowly but surely pushing Ice Cream Sandwich to last year's Galaxy Tab series. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi was the most recent Tab in the series to get the update here in the U.S. and, considering the devices are nearly identical, it left owners of the Tab 8.9 wondering where their update was.


Good news, Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi owners: the wait is over. The 313.96MB update just started rolling out in the U.S. and is available through Samsung's Kies application or via OTA.

Just like with its larger brother, the update brings Android 4.0.4, along with a much-improved version of Touchwiz laid on top. You can pull the update manually by heading into Settings > About device > Software update > Update.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/holtcg Chris Holt

    Been using this on the 10.1 WiFi for a couple of weeks now and it is very nice.

  • http://twitter.com/Rovex Rovex

    Ive been using the 10.1 port to the 8.9 for a few weeks now and yeah the improvement over 3.2 is massive, its like a new device.

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    Finally getting mine. Thank goodness. I'm sure I'll end up going with a custom rom, but happy to see Samsung finally getting their act together.

  • Alexandru Bajdechi

    4.0 still not available in Romania (10.1)

  • Galaxy tab 10.1 GT-P7500

    Still no updates for GT-P7500 in israel yet..
    Fuck you samsung! We've waiting many years to get this bullshit update , my last android tablet!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marckbarber Marc Barber

    Still no OTA in the U.S for the 8.9, no use telling us to use KIES, the MTP Drivers for windows 7 have been broken since the last KIES update.....OTA is all we got.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Err, what? I pulled it OTA on my Tab 8.9 this morning. And I used Kies to pull it on the Tab 10.1 a couple weeks ago.

      • samdung

        Try kies on the 8.9, win 7 64 bit, you can forget connecting...ever. The USB drivers load fine so transferring via USB is no problem, just can't get KIES connected. Samsung says ICS has not been released in the States yet and where unable to link me to the official ROM so I could flash it with ODIN.

    • http://www.facebook.com/marckbarber Marc Barber

      Which model do you have ???
      I Have the GT-P7310 8.9 WiFi. This is the model that Samsung told me it has not released the ICS ROM for yet. Still no OTA in the USA for this model yet as of today.
      For you others that have this model, the latest version of KIES will not connect for you reliably under Win7 64Bit. If you want to see if KIES has an update for you, then uninstall KIES and it's drivers, GOOGLE search for KIES 2.3.0 and install it, DON"T update KIES, this older version connects just fine under Win 7. I could save you the trouble, no KIES Firmware update available for the GT-P7310 8.9 Tab is available in the USA yet as of today either.
      The Good News? At least there is an official ICS ROM out now, hopefully those boys over at Cyanogen will release a Jelly-Bean ROM based on the official ICS Kernel from Samsung for this tablet.......

  • http://www.facebook.com/marckbarber Marc Barber

    Aug 30th......Still no ICS in the US for Samsung GT-P7310, called Samsung again, they again told me it has not been released in the US, cruised over to http://www.samfirmware.com, You guessed it ! Still no ROM for my 8.9 ( Which makes sense, them not having released it yet )
    Waiting for the update was annoying, being told it is available when in fact it is not is beyond aggravating.
    If the ROM has in fact been released, could somone link me to the official Samsung ICS ROM for the 8.9 wiFi 16Gb 9 GT-P7310 ???
    Pretty Please ?

  • harvey

    The wait for
    GT-P7310 8.9 WiFi is not over yet here in the UK. Looks like another missed sammy date !

  • http://www.facebook.com/marckbarber Marc Barber

    Aug 31st...still no ICS....

  • Johny

    No ICS in Belgium, 8.9

  • georgio

    Really bad Samsung support. 4.0 still not available in estern europe after more than one month of the release in Uk, Italy,Holand etc. They should get a huge fine from EU consumer protection agency for discriminatory market practices which is illegal in EU. The 3,2 update ruined my tablet, it is 2 times slower than with the original firmware and crashing all the time. ICS is a must to be able to use again the tablet. deffinitly my last Samsung tablet.

    • guenther

      I'm also still waiting for the ICS update. Just ran softwar update on my 8.9 tab and got "No update available" :-( This is in Switzerland.

  • El_Twin

    got mine :)

  • harvey

    no 8.9 update in uk and now in to september. Samsung are just like the banks. Do what the hell they want and we are all supposed to just accept it !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aemoreira81 Adam Moreira

    I downloaded the ICS update late this week OTA and my tablet is running a lot more smoothly since the update. I did have to re-customize my tablet, but it's easier to navigate than Honeycomb. I thought that it would have taken longer than it did to update; the update took about 15 minutes once the download finished; the download took 23 minutes.

  • nachi

    no ics yet... in swiss

  • http://www.facebook.com/branden.morris.3 Branden Morris

    Mine keeps saying after its done downloading that the install failed try using kies and I try using kies and my 8.9 tab wifi only will not connect to kies. Does anyone have an idea what's my tabs problem oh yeah I forgot it is rooted running on custom kernal "motley" something to that effect is the name of the kernal please help if u can thank you.

  • Mike Nev

    Anyone any ideas when the ICS will be released for the 8.9 tab in the uk??

    • Nathan

      I would also like to know this... seems a bit weird that it's taking so long to release in the UK when both versions are basically the same.

      • Mike Nev

        Thank you for contacting Samsung,

        I’m pleased to confirm that we are currently rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android across our range of tablets.

        Please note that due to the nature of this roll out, there may be a short time before Kies, or OTA, will notify you of the update for your device.

        Also devices that are not SIM free, but tied to a carrier, may also experience a short delay before the update is available. We would ask for your patience while the roll out continues.

        If you have not been notified of the update by the start of December, please contact us again and we can investigate the issue further. We will need the following information:

        1) The model number, OS version and Build number of your device (Settings > About Device)

        2) The serial number (can be found on the back of the device)

        3) The PDA, Phone and CSC version numbers (if applicable, dial *#1234# on the phone)

        4) Date and place of purchase

        5) Full UK address including postcode

        Please note the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is expected to get Ice Cream Sandwich but we have no UK release date as of yet.

        • Maureen Ellis

          So mabe Samsung has not let us down, let's wait an see!

          Or maybe they will surprise us and not waste any time with ICS and give us 'Jelly Bean' for christmas!!! (I think not)

        • http://www.facebook.com/Hardstyleadam Andy Stevenson

          what do i do now? I have a 8.9. And still no update and i cant contact samsung. So let down cost so much and been swindled… , ,

  • ore banwo

    what about the 3g version. shouldnt be that much different from wifi. so why is itso delayed

  • Blake

    Still nothing in the UK. Getting tired of waiting.

  • Harvey

    I get the feeling the 8.9 ics update is not coming ???. Now nearly the end of September and nothing. What the hell is wrong with Samsung ???.

  • Maureen Ellis

    I'm still waiting for ICS 8.9 tab wifi version in UK. If I can get a copy can I install the US Version?

  • Cico

    any feedback from Samsung hotline?

  • Frustrated Tabber!

    Earlier today had a message on my 8.9 GT to download (in the UK) as per your screen shot above. 5 hours later and its stuck in the pulsing SAMSUNG log on start up and won't start!!! What can I do, any ideas? This was a Tab that I bought on eBay a few months ago that was factory refurbished in the US.

  • learoy

    Hi i am in the uk i went on kies to update from honeycomb to ics but it said i have lastes firmware on my 8.9 galaxy tab please help

  • harvey

    Finally decided to give up on sammy and get a tab from a company that cares about its customers. I dont think the 8.9 update is ever coming. Even if it does its been way to long to expect anyone to wait. Samsung service sucks !!!

  • Ryan

    Its the 11th of October, and still no update. I am in Ireland. What is the story, Samsung? Anyone in Europe got the update yet?

  • mp10

    This is Crap. Mine still hasn't updated in US

  • niky

    Anyone any ideas when the ICS will be released for the 8.9 tab in Buglaria?

  • keed

    here in the philippines we're also waiting for the update....

  • lee

    Any word on galaxy 8.9 tab on ics update .my pc see my tab but kies will not service the tablet. Please help

  • http://www.facebook.com/strike.kok Strike Kok

    Why malaysia haven update ics to samsung galaxy tab8.9 wifi and wifi 3g

  • http://www.facebook.com/strike.kok Strike Kok

    Malaysia why haven ics to 8.9

  • glassylady

    I will NEVER purchase another Samsung product. It has been more than 4 months since we were told that ICS would be available any day. I'm with those who say it will never come. samsung is updating the OS on many newer devices, even to more recent operating systems. I'm thinking that they would have done it by now if they were going to.

  • sjt

    All galaxy tab 8.9 P 7300 owners update available through kies from today onwards ,,may be getting OTA in few days

  • http://www.facebook.com/phill.virgo Phill Virgo

    I am still waiting for the the ICS update, i check every day and still nothing, what is going on ??? ( Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 ) ( UK ) this is terrible, samsung have a horrid customer service and thier reps just seem to wave it off, mind you kies is a terrible software so what should we expect really . Rant over lol.