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Refresh Roundup: week of September 19, 2011

Brad Molen

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging to get updated. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it's easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don't escape without notice, we've gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery from the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

Official Android updates
  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with LTE is now getting some very minor plastic surgery, with what appears to be a simple maintenance update. [Droid-Life]
  • Not the biggest fan of your buggy keyboard, Motorola Droid X users? The latest bug fix update, eloquently called 4.5.605, resolves keyboard stability and usability issues that have affected a large number of users. [Droid-Life]
  • Owners of the HTC Sensation on O2 should be enjoying an enhancement to Android 2.3.4 soon, as the rollout has already begun. [Pocket-Lint]
  • How 'bout that Motorola Xoom WiFi? Android 3.2.1 (aka build HTK55D) is rolling out to devices now; we imagine the update's a minor bug fix of some kind, but we haven't seen any change log on it yet. [Droid-Life]
  • Telus is cranking out Gingerbread to the Samsung Fascinate 4G. [AndroidCentral]
  • The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is now on the receiving end of build 4.08.605.3, a minor refresh that improves server connections for email sync, enhances Visual Voicemail stability as well as other minor bug fixes. [Droid-Life]
  • Rogers customers are now reporting that the Samsung Captivate is now seeing an upgrade to Gingerbread. [MobileSyrup]
  • The Sony Tablet S came shipped with Android 3.1, but it's already getting the bump to 3.2. [AndroidCentral]
Unofficial Android updates, custom ROMs and misc. hackery
  • Remember Android 2.3.6? You know, the update that blocked tethering on the Samsung Nexus S? It appears that the Nexus One is due for the infamous build. If you don't care to wait for the refresh to pop up OTA, you can download and install it on your own. No word on if tethering is blocked on this update as well, but we can't imagine it being different from the Nexus S. [Redmond Pie]
  • Android 2.3.5 has leaked for the Samsung Infuse 4G in the form of build I997UCKI4. Such a leak causes us to suspect the official rollout should be heading our way in the near future. [AndroidCentral]
  • XDA's rooted the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, and has published a full tutorial on exactly how you can do it. It's no SuperOneClick, of course, but it's certainly bound to get you to the same destination -- as long as you follow the instructions precisely. [XDA-dev]
  • An early preview version of CM7.1 for the LG Optimus Black is available for download. Keep in mind that it's a test build, and won't be completely polished. [AndroidCentral]
  • The first deodexed ROM for the Motorola Droid Bionic is now downloadable. Follow the link to get the full set of instructions. [Droid-Life]
  • If you desperately want to have Gingerbread on your HTC Thunderbolt, a RUU for build 2.11.605.2 is all yours. [Android Police]
Other platforms
  • SFR France indicated this week that they're ready to push the Mango update out to the HTC 7 Trophy, though it didn't specify exactly when it will begin. Vodafone Romania and Telus (Canada) also let it slip that they'd be rolling out the update to their phones to Mango by the end of this current month. No date for the latest version has been officially set.
  • The Nokia N950 is a bit of a rarity as it is, but that doesn't mean it can't receive continued support. The MeeGo-run device just received a beta of its latest firmware boost, and appears to be available for download. [NokiaHD blog]
Refreshes we covered this week

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