software update

Pantech Crossover gets a Gingerbread update

Pantech's first Android phone on AT&T launched almost a year ago, running 2.2 Froyo - which was already six months out of date at the time. Today Pantech introduced a Gingerbread update for the QWERTY phone, making several people who had probably given up hope of ever seeing a newer version of Android very happy. Well, moderately happy, anyway - it's not Ice Cream Sandwich after all. The standard bugfixes are present, along with a few new features. 

Best Buy says HTC Rezound ICS update is still on for tomorrow

Sorry, Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX owners: turns out April 4th wasn't your day, as previously indicated in a Best Buy leak. But according to yet another leak (which acknowledges the delay for the Moto phones) the Ice Cream Sandwich update is still going out to the HTC Rezound on Friday, April 6th, tomorrow. The update doesn't offer an explanation for the Moto delays, but odds are pretty good that Best Buy made the mistake that we and many others did, assuming that the latest Gingerbread update was something a little more timely.

Samsung Nexus S 4G Ice Cream Sandwich update rolling out now

Alright, Nexus S 4G owners, it's your turn. After waiting on the GSM Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus phones, then the WiFi version of the Motorola XOOM, the CDMA Nexus S is getting its time in the sun with an official Ice Cream Sandwich rollout. If you're still using the stock Gingerbread ROM, check your Settings menu to see if it's rolling out to your region at the moment - the carrier says that it will begin sending out the updates this afternoon.

DROID RAZR soak test rolls out – psyche, it’s just Gingerbread

If you're a Motorola DROID RAZR or DROID RAZR MAXX owner who watched the Android news last week, you've probably been waiting all day for a certain frozen treat. Sorry, RAZR owners: the Ice Cream Sandwich update that an internal Best Buy document leaked seems to be a complete dud. And that update that Motorola sent out to members of its official forum? It's just another Gingerbread update, version 6.12.181 to be specific. Talk about a bummer. Oh well - adventurous users can always flash the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich update instead.

AT&T fixes the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket Android 2.3.6 update

Hooray! There's an Android update for the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket! Finally users can get start enjoying Android.... 2.3.6. Yup, despite the fact that Samsung's working on an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the LTE phone, AT&T has pushed out a slight Android update for Gingerbread. This is a repair release - the previous update to 2.3.6 was broken, and wouldn't update the phone properly.

AT&T Galaxy Note gets its own leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM

Someone at Samsung and/or AT&T must be just giving this stuff away, and whoever you are, we thank you. After leaks of the official Android 4.0 ROM for both the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, the same update for the plus-sized Galaxy Note has also appeared. You can download it now over at RootzWiki. The ROM in question is only for the SGH-i717, AKA AT&T's customized LTE version of the Note hardware - it won't work on international GSM versions. The leaked software runs Android 4.0.3, and doesn't appear to have any significant issues.

Android 4.0.4 leaked for CDMA Nexus S 4G

Owners of the GSM Nexus S were on top of the world last week, owing to the fact that an official Ice Cream Sandwich update had finally returned with Android 4.0.4. But in what seems to be the new norm, CDMA devices including the Nexus S 4G and Verizon's XOOM and Galaxy Nexus were left out in the cold. At least one of those has been amended, if not exactly fixed: owners of Samsung's Nexus S 4G can now run a leaked version of Android 4.0.4 on their neglected phones. BriefMobile broke the leak and is hosting the download.

Android Community Weekly: April 1st, 2012

Welcome to April, Android fans. And before you ask, no, we're not doing any April Fool's stories here on Android Community - for news outlets, there's just too many nice but somewhat unguarded people who might believe us. But if you want the rundown on some of the funniest April Fool's pranks pulled by tech industry folks, head on over to our sister site SlashGear. Now, let's take a look at the big happenings in the world of Android this week.

Motorola DROID RAZR Ice Cream Sandwich update leaked

Best Buy says it's coming next week and Motorola wants some lucky testers to try it out, but if you just can't wait, you can get the official Ice Cream Sandwich update on your Motorola DROID RAZR right now. Friendly XDA modder yalkowni has posted a guide on fooling Motorola's servers into including you in the soak test, with the help of a non-Market app called "cheesecake". According to the XDA thread it's pulling the update directly from Motorola's servers, though some replies indicate that you need to have an active Motorola forum account.

Sony announces Ice Cream Sandwich delays – no OTA updates either

Sony's been uncharacteristically forthcoming when it comes to their plans on updating phones to Ice Cream Sandwich. The manufacturer committed to updating all of its 2011 Xperia phones to Android 4.0, a promise it's already starting to make good on with ICS betas for The Xperia Play and others. Unfortunately, it looks like users will have to wait a little longer than they'd previously thought. Sony said in December that the first updated phones would be the Xperia Arc S , Neo V and Ray would be getting official updates in March, but they've bumped them back to mid-April. No word on the rest of the Xperia line, previously said to be updated in April or May.