How To Upgrade / Update Samsung Galaxy Tab To Android 2.3.3 ( Stable )


15.06.2011

How To Upgrade / Update Samsung Galaxy Tab To Android 2.3.3 ( Stable )

Most of the world’s big smartphone manufacturers have started to build tablets and pads, so why wouldn’t Samsung join them and build their Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a 1GHz processor, has 512MB of RAM and comes with Android 2.2 operating system, also known as Froyo. When you first get your hands on Samsung Galaxy Tab you can feel that the touchscreen and the sensors are just great, making your experience something you will not forget soon.

Samsung Galaxy Tab comes equipped with two cameras: one with 3.15MP with autofocus and flash, used for taking pictures and recording videos, and a second one, facing the user, of 1.3MP used for video calls. Unlike its main competitors, Samsung Galaxy Tab can accommodate a SD memory card of up to 32Gb and a data SIM, even though it comes with 16Gb of internal memory. Samsung Galaxy Tab even comes with WiFI and Bluetooth, GPS module, all these reunited under a slim case of only 380g and 12mm.

The¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab has an autonomy of 6-7 hours of continuous High Definition video play, but if you don’t over use it, you will be able to keep it awake for about 2-3 days.

Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with Java player support and you will be able to install numerous applications you can use day-by-day or at work. Samsung Galaxy Tab offers access to most of email services (G-mail, Microsoft Exchange, or other POP3 accounts). You can use it to read online newspapers or magazines, you can read and edit office documents and access all social networks, and if all these are not enough for you, learn that you can find a lot of applications in Android Market.

Another impressing feature of Samsung Galaxy Tab is the Flash player, which makes the difference, whether you want to check your bank account online or watch a video on Internet. We also like the multitasking and Google Places application, which shows each coffee shop, cinema, or restaurant near you, and hot to get to them.

Some of the Samsung Galaxy Tab owners have complained about some issues after they installed Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on their devices, so we decided to post a tutorial on how to update¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3.3 JQ1 built, which a stable firmware version. Even so, the installation of Android 2.3.3 Gingebread stable on your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab involves some risks, that’s why mobile-review.ws should not be held responsible in any way if you end up briking your device.

Before proceeding to upgrade Samsung Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread you should know that if you have previously rooted your device, after the you install the new firmware version on your terminal, you will loss the administrative rights, and recover the warranty you lost when your rooted your Samsung Galaxy Tab. Anyway, you can root your Samsung Galaxy Tab after it have been upgraded to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

Also note that the APN settings are also updated after you install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your Samsung Galaxy Tab, so we recommend you to write down the APN settings and reconfigure your device after the upgrade procedure is finished. The APN settings are used to access the Internet and MMS. If the problem persists even after you set up the APN, you should contact your service provider and ask for some new ones working with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

Even though there are some risks involved when you update Samsung Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, there are a few tips that can help you minimize those risks. So, please read and follow the pre-installation instructions, as they will make the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread installation procedure safer:

  • Since the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread installation procedure will wipe off all the data stored on your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab, we recommend you to backup your contacts, messages, call log, music and video files, pictures and applications you installed from Android Market, by syncing your device with your Google Account. Another viable method is to move the backup files on your tablet’s SD memory card, as you will remove it before the¬†installation.

  • After you backuped the data on your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab, you will have to remove the SIM and SD card in order to avoid the data on them get corrupted. Also you will minimize the risk that the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread installation process to be interrupted by any of the two cards.

  • Keep the USB data cable of your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab close to you, as you will use it in the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread installation procedure to connect your tablet to your computer.

  • Since updating your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is a firmware installation, the battery of your device will drain faster, so make sure that the battery level of your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab is above 50% threshold. By keeping the battery level high you will minimize the risk that your tablet will turn off during the installation.

  • Make sure that the computer you are installing Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on Samsung Galaxy Tab from is running on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. As well make sure that the computer has USB 2.0 support and that you have administrative rights on that computer.

  • Disable any firewall and antivirus program from, as they might block the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread installation, or worse, interrupt the update, bricking your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab. As well completely close KIES as it might also interact with the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread installation process.

  • Since the bellow procedure is a firmware installation and not a root procedure, learn that you will not loose¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab warranty. If your Samsung Galaxy Tab was previously¬†rooted, you will loose the root access, but the warranty will be¬†restored.

Before proceeding to update your Samsung Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, please download the files required for the installation procedure:

  • Odin application, which you can download from here.

  • You will also need the USB drivers for your Samsung Galaxy Tab. You can download¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab USB Drivers 32-bit or 64-bit, from here and here, respectively.

  • You will also need the Android 2.3.3 Gingebread firmware package, with Bootloader, or without Bootloader.

After you downloaded the files, extract the ZIP archives on the desktop of your computer, so you can access them more easily. If you are prompted for password type in “androidadvices.com” (without the quotation marks).

After you downloaded and extracted the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware package and Odin and installed the Samsung Galaxy Tab USB drivers, you can proceed and continue to update your Samsung Galaxy Tab to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. Please follow the below procedure closely, and you will be able to safely install Android 2.3.3 Gingebread firmware version on your Samsung Galaxy Tab:

  1. After you extracted the ZIP file corresponding to the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware package, you will notice that two files will appear on your desktop (if you extracted to the location we recommended above): “gt-p1000_mr.pit” and “dbdata.tar”

  2. Now locate the Odin application (it should be on your desktop if you extracted “Odin-1.7with.pit_.512.803.zip” file as instructed above) and launch the application by double-clicking the EXE file.

  3. After Odin is opened, click on the “PDA” button in the Odin window, then navigate and provide the ROM you downloaded and extracted.

  4. Now make sure that the only boxes ticked in the Odin “Option” menu are: Re-Partition, Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time.

  5. Now click the “PIT” button, locate and provide the “gt-p1000_mr.pit” file.

  6. After double-checking that all the options are correctly ticked and the files were provided correctly turn off your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab. Now boot the device in download mode. To get your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab in download mode you will have to press and hold the “Volume Down” and then press “Power” button without releasing the “Volume Down” button. If your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab have successfully entered download mode, you should be able to see a green Android logo with a message reading “Downloading… Do not turn off target!!!”

  7. Once in download mode, connect your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab to the computer using the USB data cable. After all the drivers are successfully loaded, the ID:COM box in Odin should turn yellow, and will return “Added!!” in the message field. If the ID:COM box didn’t turn yellow, you did something wrong, so do not proceed and repeat the procedure.

  8. Now all you will have to do is press the “Start” button and wait until Odin finishes its job. Do not disconnect your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab from computer or close Odin. It usually takes about 10-12 minutes for the process to be completed, but don’t panic if it takes a little bit longer, as such situations have been reported. After the procedure is completed, your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab will restart.

  9. Turn off your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab again and one more time get your device in download mode, using the same buttons combo as above. Now now connect your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab to the computer once more and after the ID:COM turns yellow, click the “PDA” button and provide the file named “dbdata.rar”. Make sure you haven’t changed any of the Odin options.

  10. Press the “Start” button, and Odin will start to do the magic for you. After the procedure is finished, your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab will reboot. It takes a maximum of 15 minutes for the update procedure to be completed. After the reboot, don’t panic if it takes a bit longer for the homescreen to appear, as it only happens after the first reboot.

  11. Now all you have to do is to wipe off the cache data from your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab. Be¬†deleting¬†the cache you will be optimizing the data flux from your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab. To empty the¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab cache, turn off the device and get it into recovery mode (by pressing and holding the “Volume Up” button, then by pressing the “Power” button). Using the “Volume Up” and “Volume Down” keys to navigate, select the “wipe data / factory reset” option, then perform a “wipe cache partition”¬†operation. Reboot your¬†Samsung Galaxy Tab by choosing the “reboot system now” option, than watch how your tablet reboots and displays the Android 2.3.3 Gingebread homescreen.

Restore the backuped data on your Samsung Galaxy Tab, then configure the APN settings so you can enjoy both Internet and MMS. To make sure that your Samsung Galaxy Tab was successfully updated to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version and check if the device was updated to the new firmware version.

Now you can enjoy all the new features of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, as well as better speed and better battery life, as the firmware was optimized to drain less battery. Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread also comes with some bug fixes, which will not bother you anymore. So, fell free to share your opinions about Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, in the comments section below, and also let us know if you encountered any problems during the update procedure.

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