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Refresh Roundup: week of August 6th, 2012

Zachary Lutz
August 12, 2012
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Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. 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 we could find during 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

  • Toshiba Thrive: Just a few weeks ago, Toshiba dropped the bomb that its Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Thrive tablet would be postponed until early fall. Now we've a bit of good news to share, as the company has beaten that projection by more than a month. Along with Android 4.0, the latest update brings better performance, new camera functions and improved connectivity to the Toshiba Thrive. [Android Central]
  • LG Optimus L-Style series: New to LG's lineup of entry-level smartphones is its QuickMemo app, which will be made available globally via a maintenance release by the end of Q3. [LG]
  • Sony Xperia P: According to Sony, the much-awaited update for its middleweight smartphone will arrive between August 15th and 25th. In addition to the new OS, users will find a refreshed Sony app selection, a new lock screen and resizable widgets. [The Inquirer]
  • Samsung Nexus S: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is now available to Nexus S users via Vodafone in Australia. [Android Central]
  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide: This minor update won't take users beyond Froyo, but it does bring security and stability improvements. Unfortunately, the refresh won't be made available over-the-air. [Android Police]
  • T-Mobile G2: Like the myTouch 3G Slide, the G2 is eligible for an update that must be downloaded from HTC. Similarly, the new bundle of software is said to bring improved security and stability. [Android Police]
  • HTC: Apparently, all eligible devices that've yet to receive their promised update to Android 4.0 can expect this bit of software love to come by the end of the month. [MobileSyrup, Android Police]

Other platforms

Refreshes we covered this week

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