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AT&T’s LG Thrill gets an update – to Android 2.3

The HTC Vivid has Ice Cream Sandwich! Ten other phones and tablets are getting it too! It's like software updates are eggs and AT&T's the Easter bunny! The latest bit of news is that the LG Thrill is getting an update - too bad it's just Gingerbread. Yes, the forlorn high-end phone has been running Froyo officially all this time, and now (a mere 15 months after Gingerbread became available and almost a year to the day after the phone was announced) it's finally getting an update to Android 2.3. Thrill owners, try to contain your joy - this has got to be like being the one kid who found his egg rotten.

AT&T shows the next 10 devices to get Android 4.0

If you're an AT&T customer jealous of your HTC Vivid-packing friends with their fancy-pants Ice Cream Sandwich update, take heart: you might not have to wait too long before you get your own. The carrier confirmed a total of ten new devices for an Ice Cream Sandwich update, though it didn't say when beyond "the coming months". Most are high-end smartphones from major brandsm but there's at least a couple of surprises waiting in the wings. AT&T notes that the Vivid's update is the first to be issued by a wireless carrier, which is technically true if you only count the United States.

HTC Vivid Ice Cream Sandwich update officially released on AT&T

Last week we got a sneak preview at Ice cream Sandwich running on the HTC Vivid, but now it looks like everyone can join in on the fun. HTC tweeted that the update would be going out over AT&T's servers starting today, so if you're still rocking the stock software, head to your Settings>AT&T Software Update menu to search for a manual update. The tweet linked to an official AT&T service page, so presumably the update is being sent out immediately.

Sony Tablet S and Tablet P ICS updates coming in April for Japan

Trying out your shiny new Tablet P on AT&T, only to wish it had an operating system that wasn't nearing a year out of date? Then you're in luck: Sony has announced that it'll be pushing out the Ice Cream Sandwich update to both the Tablet S and Tablet P in April, making good on its earlier promise. The bad news is that it's only confirmed for Japan at the moment; those with WiFi-only Tablet S machines in the US and elsewhere will have to wait an indeterminate amount of time to get their hands on the 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.