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Refresh Roundup: week of December 26, 2011

Brad Molen
January 1, 2012
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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

  • Notion Ink Adam: The company posted an official "pre-alpha" ROM of ICS on its blog and is available for your download. It doesn't offer any sound, and the camera and 3G aren't working yet. Sleep mode also doesn't appear to be an option at this point. [Android Community]
  • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer: Another bug fix is out, known as build 8.6.5.21. It's running Android 3.2.1 (no ICS yet, sorry) and includes a few minor tweaks to the firmware. [Droid-Life]
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE (Verizon): a major refresh known as version EL01 is ready for rollout and finally offers TouchWiz as well as Bluetooth 3.0 support, security patches and some enhancements in email, WiFi and DivX. [Droid-Life]
  • Huawei MediaPad: We've seen some photos from China that show an official build of ICS installed on the device -- done in similar fashion to ICS for the Honor -- suggesting that we may see one become available in the very near future. [AndroidOS]
Unofficial Android updates, custom ROMs and misc. hackery
  • Motorola Droid RAZR: A bootstrap method to get Clockworkmod recovery is now available courtesy of XDA-Dev. [Android Community]
  • Samsung Epic 4G: CyanogenMod announced that the CM7 repo is now available for the Epic's Gingerbread update. [Google+]
  • HTC Thunderbolt: The latest radio firmware for the device has been made available for use on any ROM. The only caveat here is the fact that the file's been known to unroot phones, so just make sure you have a Nandroid backup somewhere on your MicroSD. [Android Community]
Other platforms
  • Samsung Bada: Samsung Spain announced on its Facebook page that Bada 2.0 is still coming to some older Wave models (all but the Wave 525 and Wave 533, that is), but the update won't arrive until sometime in the first quarter of 2012. Samsung Italy echoed the news, but added that it would specifically roll out in March. [UnwiredView]
  • Windows Phone: Microsoft is reportedly testing a fix for the SMS bug discovered last week. The bug was a vulnerability that made it possible to cripple a device simply by sending it a SMS message containing a specific string of characters. [WPCentral]
Refreshes we covered this week

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