Roundup: Official Updates for Android Phones and Other

Your tablet/smartphone hasn’t been updated for a long time?  Sometimes, the portable devices can avail of the custom ROMs, bug fixes, maintenance refreshes, and anything in between, but since there’re many floating around, it’s easy for people to get lost in the confusion. To ensure you not to miss the new updates, we’ve integrated every available update, hack, and other jumbly fandangle we could find during the last week and collect them into one convenient roundup. If you find something prapare for your device, please give us a shout at tips at and let us know. Have fun!


  • Motorola Droid RAZR HD: A new update has been approved by Verizon for the Motorola DROID RAZR HD (and its beefier MAXX equivalent). Once updated, the phone will be running build 9.16.6. The update introduces a security fix (be careful rooted users), but improves WiFi connectivity, camera, in-call audio, video streaming, and media sync. The update also brings new security fixes from Google, and resolves some issues that relate to video streaming and USB connections.[Droid Life]


  • LG Thrill 4G: There’s a bit of stigma surrounding the lack of updates for LG smartphones  – Of course I’m talking about AT&T and the LG Thrill 4G – but in a welcome turn of events, AT&T has once again proclaimed its love the Thrill – it’s giving it Ice Cream Sandwich. The update also brings QuickMemo and new lock screen actions to the table, along with quick settings buttons in the notification drawer. Much like the Gingerbread update, ICS comes to the Thrill via LG’s Mobile Support Tool, not over-the-air. Once that’s installed, a simple plug-and-check should push the update to your phone. [Android Police]



  • Samsung Droid Charge: Verizon has prepared an update for one of its earliest LTE smartphones (it’s not Jelly Bean or even Ice Cream Sandwich) that brings Face Unlock and a photo editor to the Gingerbread OS. This release also removes a number of bloatware titles, including VOD, BitBop, Rhapsody, Blockbuster, Tunewiki and Mobile IM. Moreover, “Get Video Calling” has been added as a preloaded app. [Android Police]


  • LG Optimus G: We’ve just received a press release from LG that the update to Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) is now rolling out to the Optimus G on Bell, Rogers and TELUS “late March” in Canada. The update also brings improved touchscreen performance, enhancements to the notification bar and LG’s Quick Translator app. [MobileSyrup]


  • ASUS PadFone: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is now available as an OTA update for the original PadFone. [@ASUS (Twitter)]


  • ASUS PadFone 2: ASUS has just pushed a number of incremental improvements for the PadFone 2 handset, bringing it to v10.4.12.24, and it contains a whole host of fixes and updates with improved WiFi connectivity and enhancements to the camera’s firmware and optimized the camera’s HDR and automatic brightness control functions.  Users will also discover refinements to the lock screen, contacts app and battery widget, amongst a number of other improvements. [Android Police]


  • Kobo Arc: An update to Android 4.1 is now available for OTA installation to this 7-inch tablet. [PR Newswire]



  • Symbian Belle: Nokia has issued an update for its lineup of smartphones loaded with Belle Refresh. Quite what these are isn’t known, but if you’ve been having SMS issues then give this a try and let us know if your problem has been solved at an only 312KB update. [All About Symbian]
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