Though Android 2.3 has been around for a few months now, Samsung just recently announced the mobile operating system is finally coming to its Galaxy S family of smartphones and tablets.

The upgrade to the mobile OS, popularly known as Gingerbread, will be available on the Galaxy S smartphone and the Galaxy Tab in the U.K. and Nordic countries starting in mid-May. It will be rolled out in North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and other European markets soon after.

Samsung said the upgrade will boost the performance and usability of its smartphones and tablets. In addition to an improved user interface, Gingerbread also enhances the devices' copy-and-paste functions and CPU consumption rate for multimedia content.

The upgrade will also be available on Samsung's Galaxy Ace, Gio, Fit and mini devices, all of which are available in international markets.

Google's Android has been a big lift for Samsung, which saw its smartphone growth soar in the first quarter of 2011. According to a recent IDC report, Samsung's market share grew 350 percent in the first quarter, compared to last year.