software update

Samsung pushes Galaxy Note ICS update to Q2, tosses in S-Pen “Premium Suite”

Well Galaxy Note owners, it looks like you're going to have a slightly longer wait than you'd hoped to get Ice Cream Sandwich running on your phabulous phablets. Samsung's Korean division announced that they're delaying the release of the official Android 4.0 release for the Galaxy Note to sometime in the second quarter, putting it somewhere between a few weeks and three months away from now. This sort of thing isn't really surprising given Samsung's track record, though the relatively timely update of the Galaxy S II had us hoping that ICS would be coming to the Note sooner rather than later.

Motorola RAZR (international) update begins in Europe

Good news for anyone who's bought the Motorola RAZR, the international version of the DROID RAZR: you're getting a software update! Bad news: it's not Ice Cream Sandwich. Though it'll be anywhere from several weeks to two or three months before Motorola charitably gets around to putting the latest version of Android on its flagship machine, regular maintenance updates are continuing. The latest version (SPU15) can be accessed from the Settings menu and applied manually for users in the UK, France, Spain and Italy. If you're not in a hurry, it should pop up automatically sometime in the next few days.

Google Play Store update adds review info and My Apps tab [Download]

We're still trying to get used to the new Google Play  moniker for the former Android Market, but Google itself is full steam ahead and has already released its forst notable update to the service. The 3.5.15 update to the familiar Vending APK doesn't change things as drastically as the last one, but there's still a few useful features you'll want to check out, the first of which is the new My Apps section with tabs accessible by swiping right from the front page. The software should be rolling out to just about everybody in the next couple of days, but if you can't wait, the guys at XDA have already put up an APK for one and all.

Rumor: Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich update restarting soon

We got quite a response when we noted that owners of the Samsung Nexus S were more than a little upset that the official Ice Cream Sandwich update was months overdue. Now Engadget claims an anonymous source saying that Google intends to sestart the long overdue OTA software process in "the next few weeks". Take it for what it's worth (and without a confirmed cource, it isn't worth much) but it's at lest a ray of hope that those who paid for Nexus hardware and timely software will finally get their money's worth.

Samsung Nexus S users still angry at missing Ice Cream Sandwich update

It's been almost four months since Google posted the first open-source code for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A month later the official ICS update began rolling out to owners of the Samsung Nexus S, Google's developer phone that was less than a year old at the time. Almost immediately Google pulled the update, citing battery and WiFi issues. Three months later, there hasn't been a peep out of Google on the status of the update - which is small comfort to owners of the Nexus S CDMA variant, who haven't seen any update at all.

HTC releases full list of ICS updates:16 phones get the treatment

If you're an HTC owner wondering if your smartphone will be upgraded to the latest version of Android, wonder no more: HTC has posted the list of devices that it intends to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich on its official blog. It's a pretty predictable bunch; none of the phones is older than 18 months or so, and all the mid-range and high-end phones released in the last year are present. There are a few surprises, like the HTC Rhyme and the Thunderbolt (not that they aren't appreciated) and some phones that we already knew about, like the Sensation series and the Vivid/Raider.

HTC Velocity gets ICS update in Australia

It's just raining Ice Cream for Android this week. Telstra customers in Australia are reporting that the HTC Velocity (known as the Vivid in the US and Raider in some other territories) is receiving an over the air update to Android 4.0. This comes at almost the exact same time that Samsung Galaxy S II owners in continental Europe and South Korea are getting their updates. The update includes HTC Sense 4.0 that's found on the new HTC One series, though it's reportedly significantly faster than the previous 3.5 build on the Velocity.

Official Samsung Galaxy S II ICS update begins in Europe and South Korea

Looks like those previous rumors of an official Ice Cream Sandwich update were right in general, if not altogether precise. Reports from both European and South Korean owners of the ubiquitous Samsung Galaxy S II indicate that stock versions of the smartphone are receiving over-the-air updates to Ice Cream Sandwich right now. This fulfills Samsung's promise to upgrade the flagship phone to the latest version of Android in the first quarter of 2012, if only just. If you live in either territory and haven't seen an update yet, you can initiate a manual update in the Settings menu.

Motorola updates ICS timetable – international RAZR in Q2

Motorola has become something of a whipping boy when it comes to Android updates, though not undeservedly so. When they revealed a release schedule for Ice Cream Sandwich that put most current models at a post-summer release, owners were less than thrilled. Moto has updated its outlook, but unless you have the international Motorola RAZR (not Verizon's DROID RAZR) things still aren't looking that great. As a developer device, the XOOM tablet's WiFi version already has Ice Cream Sandwich, but everyone else is waiting for an OTA update - and they'll be doing so for quite a while.

Galaxy S II ICS update leaked for March 13th on SK Telecom

Tired of the back-and-forth from Samsung on the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its flagship Galaxy S II? Then how about some back-and-forth from  a Korean wireless carrier? SK Telecom, one of the largest wireless providers' in Samsung's home country of South Korea, tweeted out that updates for its Galaxy S II owners would begin tomorrow, March 13th (which is just a few hours away, with the time difference). Unfortunately, the tweet was deleted almost immediately. It said that the update would begin at 10 AM local time.