Aug 13 AT 4:15 PM Dustin Earley 15 Comments

Update roundup: Droid 4, Optimus 2X, Galaxy Tab 10.1, HTC Rezound and more


A handful of popular Android devices released over the last two years are all either seeing updates today or preparing for updates in the near future. There’s everything from minor security upgrades to major updates to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Exactly one week ago, we told you about a “soak test” for an update scheduled to hit the Droid 4. We thought it may have been Ice Cream Sandwich, but at the time nothing was official. Today, Verizon has approved that update for consumer testing. And it is indeed Android 4.0.4. Aside from the usual ICS flavored enhancements, the Droid 4′s update to Ice Cream Sandwich will include Verizon’s Remote Diagnostic Tool, the addition of global roaming capabilities and improvements to the gallery among other apps. All Droid 4 users are expected to see the update to Android 4.0.4 in the next several days. [1]

The Droid 4 isn’t the only popular Verizon handset to see an update today. The HTC Rezound just received the update to Android 4.0 at the beginning of this month and is already scheduled to see another. Meant to be applied over the Ice Cream Sandwich build now running on Rezounds, the flagship feature of this latest update is the activation of global roaming. Not much else is known about the update, but it does appear to be rolling out to Rezounds now. If you’ve received the update, be sure to let us know what you see. [2]

In a blast from the past, T-Mobile has released updates for two of their older devices we thought they’d have long forgotten by now. Both the G2 and myTouch 3G slide have an update available to download from HTC that boasts security enhancements and improved stability. The details of the update certainly aren’t worth getting excited over, but as sad as it is, a two-year-old Android device getting any kind of update is astonishing. Kudos, HTC and T-Mobile. Download link for G2. Download link for myTouch 3G Slide. [3]

The LG Optimus 2X is making headlines again after yet another report saying the device will receive an update to Android 4.0. Since as far back as last October, LG has been sending out mixed signals on whether or not the Optimus 2X would ever be updated beyond Gingerbread, Android 2.3. Today’s news puts the 2X back on track to receive an update to ICS. According to Phandroid, LG’s main Korean branch has confirmed that Android 4.0 for the Optimus 2X is currently in the internal testing phase. But there’s a good chance not everyone will see the update, as it may be regional. Which means that even if LG does finally update the 2X to ICS, the G2X might be left out in the cold. [4]

Last but not least in today’s update roundup, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi is receiving a boost to Ice Cream Sandwich. Nearly ten months after it was announced, and one major version number behind, Android 4.0.4 is finally available for the same model of tablet Google handed out at I/O over one year ago. Better late then never, right? Tab 10.1 users can grab the update from Kies, or download it over the air. [5]

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  • pjamies

    Now if I could get our Galaxy Nexus phones upgraded from 4.01 to 4.04 OR 4.1.1 that would be Great!
    Does anyone know if Canada falls under some different roll-out mechanism then the US??

  • Galen20K

    I don’t see the update for my Google IO Galaxy tab 10.1 for either Kies or Over the air… = /

    • Dustin Earley

      I was under the impression that the I/O Tab and WiFi only Tab 10.1 were the same exact tablet, just with a different body. Maybe updates will work differently for the I/O version?

  • R.S

    Wow! I am really surprised at the myTouch receiving an update. It seemed like that phone was forgotten about/push aside soon after it’s release.

    Had I not given mine to my one year old nephew (it had long been acting up), I’d definitely download the update to check it out.

  • mojeda

    For those wondering Thunderbolt is still on for it’s ICS update, which HTC confirmed should be out by the end of August, including all of it’s other announced updates.

    “HTC Hey, John! Yes, The Thunderbolt is still set to receive ICS. We’re still planning to finish updates for all announced devices by the end of August. Thanks for remaining so patient!”

  • Fifolo

    Nothing for tab 10.1 wifi OTA, registering for Kies is so painful it’s simply not worth the trouble.


      just download the firmware from and flash via Odin. That’s what I did.

  • Homncruse

    Honestly, I don’t even care at this point if LG releases an official full update for the G2x. Just give the community devs what they need to get the last few features working (hardware acceleration, video recording) on their custom builds and call it done. The community has done an *exceptional* job at fixing all of LG’s blunders so far without any assistance from them, so why not throw them a bone?

    • Dustin Earley

      The G2X really gave the LG and the G series a bad name. Such a shame.

      • Homncruse

        I don’t think anyone who’s actually used a G2x disagrees with that. But what tarnished the name even further was the absolute *lack* of acknowledgement of the problem(s) – even to this day. If LG lifted their head out of the sand to come up for air and say “Oops… we screwed up. Sorry about that. Here’s how we plan to make it better.”, that would go a long way to restoring both brandings.

  • Nathan D.

    I hope for my mother sake that the G2X does get a update to ICS since that phone was a problem the moment she turn on the phone and started to use it.

  • BigCiX

    d to see the Rezound finally get some ice cream. As for the GX. Hopefully 4.0 will fix alot of the issues gingerbread brought along.

  • gastontx

    still no update for my galaxy tab 10.1?!?!?!?!

    • Jay

      Go to KIES, I updated my Galaxy tab 10.1 last night.