software update

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.

Psych: Samsung says Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update was an error

So, international readers, how excited are you for the Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade that Samsung Korea posted yesterday? Get used to disappointment: Samsung has updated their statement, saying that the March 10th date was in error and offering no news on when the real update might come. The company said that when the update software is finalized, they'll let customers know their plans for sending out the Android 4.0 upgrade over the air. You'll have to find something else to do with your Saturday.

Galaxy S II Ice Cream Sandwich update tipped for March 15th

The Ides of March bring many things: the overthrow of brutal dictators, the return of spring to more northern climates, and quickly-forgotten George Clooney movies. But according to a recent leak out of Samsung Israel, it could also bring the much-anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Samsung Galaxy S II. The localized Samsung office posted on its Facebook page that updates for in-country phones would begin on March 15th. The post was quickly removed - either due to the fact that the international arm doesn't want the rest of us to know, or there's been some kind of delay already.

ASUS Transformer Prime 3rd update this month rolling out, hopefully fixes reboots

ASUS has been pretty busy it seems, because they have just pushed out another over the air update for the Transformer Prime tablet. This is actually the third OTA update for the Prime this month alone here in the US. I'm starting to wonder if they'll ever give us a change log. After the last update seemed to cause more problems than it fixed, we are hoping for something different with this latest update to build 9.4.2.15 so we'll see.

Sony offers official ICS Beta ROMs for Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Ray phones

Now that's more like it. After promising an Ice Cream Sandwich update to all 2011 Xperia phones, Sony is putting its money where its mouth is and offering early access to the beta software to the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Ray. All three have an official Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, and anybody can download the software and install it at their leisure - though it's recommended for "advanced developers only". Sony offered a few alpha ROMs before, but I've never even heard of an Android beta program quite this ambitious. Bravo, Sony. Bravo.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Ice Cream Sandwich update is live in Taiwan

Yesterday Asus assured its UK customers that the Android 4.0 upgrade for the original Eee Pad Transformer Prime was still on schedule for a February release, and today it looks like the update rollout is beginning. Asus Taiwan posted on their official Facebook page that Transformer TF101 owners in Asus' home country of Taiwan would start seeing automatic updates begin today, with other territories to follow soon after. Localization for other markets may take some time, but by the look of things it should indeed be before the end of the month.