Will Verduzco · Nov 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Original Galaxy Tab Given ICS Goodness

The original Samsung Galaxy Tab is a good great device. In fact, it was the first noteworthy Android Tablet—and as an Android user, it was our first real answer to the iPad. Sure it rocked a phone OS, and its 7″ display left many users wanting more, but it was a very good first effort.

However barring the interesting faux Fire experiment a couple of days ago, the original Tab doesn’t seem to generate very many headlines these days. In fact, many people seemingly lost interest when they realized that Samsung would simply not upgrade the device to the tablet-friendly Android 3.0 Honeycomb. While quite a few valiant efforts were made to bring Honeycomb to the device, the lack of first-party support was nonetheless a sore spot for Tab owners everywhere.

However, everything’s different now. With the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich source code, the real fun could begin. In seemingly no time, we now have a bootable ICS port, thanks to the work by XDA forum members Angel_666koxudaxi, ani55, and several others.

If you’re interested in getting in on the action, be sure to check out the ROM thread. While there are still quite a few kinks to work out, the port’s mere presence demonstrates the dedication of the Tab developer community. As a Xoom owner, longing for the day Googorola shares its latest tasty treat, I must say that I am jelly.

[Thanks BulletproofIdeal for the tip and pre-alpha testing!]
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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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