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
- Motorola Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR Maxx: Some Verizon customers found an extra Christmas present this week, as the original Droid RAZR (and its Maxx counterpart) are now eligible for an update to Jelly Bean. The software appears to be rolling out in phases and brings Android 4.1.2 to the table. This is an OTA install and weighs in at approximately 330MB. [Android Central]
- Toshiba Excite 7.7 and Excite 10: Similar to its recently announced Excite 10 SE tablet, Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) is now available for this pair of Tegra 3 slates from Toshiba. [Android Community 1, 2]
- Samsung Galaxy Note II: Like AT&T, US Cellular released its Multi Window update for the Galaxy Note II this week. The software also brings improvements to burst mode shooting and resolves 3G connectivity issues. [Android Police]
Unofficial Android updates, custom ROMs and misc. hackery
- Samsung Vibrant: Nightly builds of CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2) are now available for T-Mobile's member of the original Galaxy S series. [Talk Android]
- Alltel: A clever individual who identifies as cole2kb has released a clever patch that allows custom ROMs for Verizon phones to be applied to Alltel's counterparts. Users merely need to apply cole2kb's patch within recovery after flashing the Verizon ROM. [Android Central]