Samsung has already promised to make the latest Android 4.0 ICS available on the Galaxy Tab 8.9, though not before 2012. Also, no one knows for sure when in 2012 that is going to happen, though that is surely not to the liking of a few enterprising XDA members who decided to take matters onto their own hands and get things done themselves.
No point in guessing what comes out of their painstaking efforts: three of their 8.9 inch Galaxy Tabs running Android 4.0.3 ICS. However, before you think it will be a fairy tale ending, remember the build is far from complete and far too many issues are still present to deem it a success.
What is working right now includes Bluetooth, GPS, the accelerometer, and hardware acceleration, while efforts are currently on to include Wi-Fi to that list. Anyway, there is no way you can have the custom ROM even if you think you can live with just these functions as the group has decided against pushing ahead with a public release until they have the ports responding as well. That’s not bad, as it’s still likely to be earlier than Samsung’s official ICS offering for the Galaxy Tab 8.9.