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Samsung Galaxy S update to Android 2.3 arrives in Europe

Samsung Galaxy S owners in Northern Europe have started receiving an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- so we won't be far behind.

Samsung Galaxy S phones in Northern Europe have started updating their insides to the tasty Android 2.3 Gingerbread, some users report.

Holland, Germany and the Nordic countries received the update over the weekend, Engadget reports. We're waiting on Samsung to confirm Gingerbread's availability in the UK, but we'll be firing up our Samsung's Kies software to check hourly until we have it.

You'll need to connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable and use Kies to install the update. You can download Kies from the Samsung Apps website. Some users -- including us -- have struggled to connect Kies while attempting previous updates.

Our fix was to delete large files from the memory card, which were causing the update to fail. As a last resort, try restoring your phone to factory settings. If you have to wipe your whole phone to start the update, your contacts, apps and emails are likely to be synced to Google's cloud. To save your settings and texts too, we've had good results using MyBackUp Pro

We've been on tenterhooks awaiting the update since it was announced by Samsung's Romanian Facebook page, which later back-pedalled on its promise. 

Since then, Three tweeted on 7 April that the Galaxy S would be updated on that network "in the next couple of weeks". Also, Samsung's Finnish website turned the umlauts up to 11 and confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S is getting its update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread in "mid-April".

The follow-up to the Galaxy S, the Galaxy S 2, is due to arrive any day now. But will Samsung's abortive attempts to update the first Galaxy S keep you away from its latest swirling ball of gas and stars? Or maybe we're all slightly too obsessed with updates? Let us know in the comments.

Update: This story was originally published on 8 April 2011, when the update was confirmed.

Update 2: The Gingerbread update is now available for Vodafone customers, the company confirmed in a statement. So if you're a user of Big Red, start Kiesing now! And please let us know how it goes in the comments.