Now that the various sizes of the Galaxy Tab 3 are on the brink of release, it's time for Samsung to update a few of its older tablets... to Android 4.1.2. Commence grumbling about the sad state of the manufacturer/carrier update system. AT&T's LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (SGH-I497) is next on the list - since the tablet launched on AT&T's network back in November with a 4.0 operating system that was only a year out of date, it's almost fitting that the 4.1 update is coming almost exactly a year after Jelly Bean was introduced on the Nexus 7. Rabble, rabble.

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The 4.1.2 OTA update (I497UCUAMF2) is rolling out right now, though you'll need to use Samsung's Kies program and a PC to apply it. Here are the instructions - it's nothing any reasonably tech-savvy user can't manage. In addition to all the 4.1 software additions, Samsung has improved its Email app. The update comes more than three months after T-Mobile posted the same thing for their Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, four months after Sprint, and a full six months after the WiFi versions got in on the action. Amazingly, Samsung did not try to break the laws of physics by adding a physical home button and white paint to hardware that's already been released.

Samsung also posted the open source code for the 4.1 build of AT&T's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. You can download it here.

Source: Samsung Support