software update

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.

Verizon leak shows DROID RAZR and Rezound ICS testing to end in May

We know, we know - owners of the HTC Rezound, Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX got something of a false alarm a few weeks ago, when Best Buy claimed that these Verizon phones were getting Ice Cream Sandwich updates. The upgrade days came and went, but Verizon, Motorola and HTC remained steadfast that they'd be updated... eventually. Now an internal Verizon screenshot shows that the RAZRs' testing period will end on May 17th, and the Rezound will end even sooner, on May 7th.

Google Maps updated with elevation data and scale bar

If you're a Google Maps user and a hiker, mountain climber or just a data junkie, you'll want to update the app in the Google Play Store now. Two features previously restricted to Labs have graduated to the full app, and another has been added. The most interesting stuff is still happening in the Labs section, with the newly revised Measure feature allowing you to see elevation data. The new functions work with all current Android devices.

Meizu schedules ICS update for MX and M9 in June

Meizu, the little Chinese phone manufacturer that could, is still basking from the PR glow of its MX Quad-core announcement. But they want to make sure that owners of the older MX and M9 phones don't feel left out of the party. In a press release today, they stated that both phones will be getting the same version of Android 4.0 software as the MX Quad-core. Well, sort of: they're both getting "Flyme OS 1.0", Meizu's skinned version of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Acer Iconia Tab A500 and A100 ICS update coming April 27th

Good news for Acer owners: your Android 4.0 updates are finally starting to trickle out. Early adopters who bought the Iconia Tab A500 when it was one of the only Honeycomb tablets available will feel vindicated that they'll be getting Ice Cream Sandwich very soon. Both the A500 and the smaller A100 will be seeing updates on April 27th (next Friday) in the United States. Canadians get the update on May 3rd (all the better to watch our Galaxy S III liveblog!) and those in Latin America will get updates for the A100 on April 25th and for the A500 on April 27th.
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