software update

AT&T Galaxy Note gets newer and more stable ICS leak

If you're an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note owner jealous of the international model's shiny new official  Ice Cream Sandwich update, you can take solace in yet another Android 4.0 leak for the American version. BriefMobile got their hands on the official software and posted it for download. If you're running the older version, you may want to upgrade: the newer ROM brings significant bug fixes, though it's far from perfect.

Google Maps adds Offers and indoor features

For the second time in as many weeks, Google has added features to the Android client for Google Maps. The update brings integration with the Google Offers deal program, as well as navigation for those sparse areas where Google has mapped out the interior of buildings. The latter is only available for the US and Japan at the moment. Lastly, they've modified the Street View function to provide 360-degree panoramic views of the inside of stores and other venues.

AT&T CEO blames slow ICS updates on Google

We tend to avoid excessively suggestive metaphor here on Android Community, but the latest statement from AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson definitely qualifies under the edited heading "twin spheres of a metallic alloy nature". In a recent wireless industry panel, the executive blamed Google for slow updates to existing Android phones. His statements are baffling, considering that Google doesn't actually update any hardware beyond the Nexus phones and other developer devices.

HTC EVO 3D CDMA Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaked

There have been a surprising number of Ice Cream Sandwich builds released from the major manufacturers, but I honestly wasn't expecting to see this one. A generous XDA member has posted the Android 4.0 ROM for the HTC EVO 3D, straight from the source and ready for flashing. This particulate software build is intended for Virgin Mobile's US version of the phone, but it will work with The Now Network as well.

HTC Rezound gets a newer official ICS ROM

We've already seen HTC's Verizon flagship Rezound get a leaked official Ice Cream Sandwich build, but it's been so long that another is apparently ready as well. The latest Android 4.0 version is build 3.13.605.7, and the folks over at Android Police have hosted it for download. Unfortunately there are a few issues for would-be flashers: you'll need a stock ROM and a locked bootloader or an S-OFF device. Those of you who used HTC's official bootloader unlock will have to sit tight or find a ROM Update Utility (RUU).

Verizon Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4 update ZIP ready to download

Verizon's definitely sending out the 4.0.4 update to its Galaxy Nexus customers, as noted earlier today. But it appears they're taking their sweet time about it. If you're still running the official 4.0.2 release, you can click here for the official download of the updated ZIP file. It's about 40 megabytes, so even those with tiered data plans should be able to grab it without issue. You'll need to be rooted and running a custom recovery to apply it.

Android 4.0.4 update rolling out to some Verizon Galaxy Nexus units

It's been over four months since an update came in for Verizon's Galaxy Nexus, which is still running Android 4.0.2 while version 4.0.4 sits on the open source repository. Or at least most of Verizon's Nexus units are: more than a few have rooted and are running custom ROMs, and this morning a few lucky customers received the genuine article in an over-the-air download. It looks like the 4.0.4 rollout on Verizon might finally be beginning in earnest.

Samsung posts ICS updates for tons of Canadian devices

Listen up, hosers: If you're in the great white north and clutching a Samsung Android device, this message is for you. Today Samsung announced Ice Cream Sandwich updates for pretty much all of its high-end Galaxy devices across all Canadian networks, including smartphones and tablets. The press release says that the updates will vary in availability by region and carrier, but if you've got a Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab, it would be prudent to check for a software update right now.

Acer releases app to manually update A500 tablets to ICS

Now here's what we like to see: a manufacturer that's proactive in getting their customers upgraded to the latest software. Acer might have been somewhat behind the curve when it came to granting Android 4.0 to their Iconia Tab A500 model, but now that it's out, they want to make sure those who want it right away can get it as quickly as possible. Their new ICONIA TAB update Enhancement app will help users to do just that.

QuickOffice Pro updates with a ton of new features

Mourning the loss of Google Docs from your app tray? (Don't, by the way - all that functionality is still in Google Drive.) Looking for something with a little more oomph to edit documents on your lunchbreak? Then you'll want to check out the latest version of QuickOffice Pro. We've covered this app before, but the sheer number of additions in version 5.5 warrants attention. You can buy the standard version in the Google Play Store for $14.99, and the tablet version for $19.99.
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