Samsung have announced that owners of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab will be getting an upgrade to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system shortly.
Samsung confirmed last night that it will being rolling out Android 2.3, helping to improve the experience with their leading smartphones and tablets. Gingerbread has a better virtual keyboard, 3D graphics, a gyroscope and near field communications. NFC is a big feature as it can allow for mobile payments with the right applications. The technology must obviously have an NFC chip to work and the current Galaxy S devices unfortunately don't have one.
Gingerbread with NFC functionality is only currently supported by the Samsung Nexus S and Nexus S 4G smartphones however other companies such as HTC and Motorola will be jumping aboard in the coming months.
Samsung said “The GALAXY S and GALAXY Tab are Samsung’s intelligently designed smart devices with 1 GHz application processors, giving users an intuitive, immersive and integrated mobile experience.
The upgrade from Froyo 2.2 to Gingerbread 2.3 offers an even greater user experience, with features including:
· Faster Performance – Multimedia content now has a lower CPU consumption rate, while support for more powerful 3D Graphics enables an enhanced mobile gaming experience.
· Upgraded Usability – The user interface has been improved, enabling faster access and control and a more intuitive user experience. Users will also benefit from improved copy-and-paste functionality.
The Android 2.3 upgrade will start with GALAXY S in the UK and Nordic countries from mid-May, and gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa and rest of the world according to the regional plan.
The upgrade will be available via Kies, Samsung’s device management software. Kies can be downloaded from Samsung’s corporate website (http://www.samsung.com).”
KitGuru says: This may not reach Galaxy S phones until Google roll out their next OS build. Its a constant game of catch up.