Refresh Roundup: week of October 22nd, 2012

Refresh Roundup week of October 22nd, 2012

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
  • Samsung Galaxy S III: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is now available as an update either over-the-air or through Samsung Kies for O2 subscribers in the UK and Ireland, along with Vodafone customers in the UK, Czech Republic, Germany and Italy. [Android Police]
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE: Samsung originally announced its Ice Cream Sandwich update for this tablet nearly two months ago, but MobileSyrup reports that the software is now available to subscribers of Bell, Telus and Rogers for this LTE-equipped tablet. [MobileSyrup]
  • Telus: The Canadian carrier has advised that it intends to deliver Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to the Galaxy S III in late November. Meanwhile, it also expects to provide the latest version of Android to the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II in late December. [MobileSyrup]
  • LG Optimus Elite: A maintenance update is now available for this Sprint smartphone that includes LG’s Quick Memo app, along with NFC fixes and support for the carrier’s Direct Connect Now app. [Android Police]
  • Motorola Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR Maxx HD: Verizon has posted the changelog for an update to its two latest smartphones from Motorola. Don’t expect much, however, as the patch is merely a security fix. [Droid Life]
Unofficial Android updates, custom ROMs and misc. hackery
  • HTC One X: More than a few users were hesitant to apply AT&T's latest update to the One X, for fear of losing root. Those worries can be set aside, however, as a new root method has been unleashed that may be applied on top of the latest update. [Android Central]
  • AOKP: The AOKP team released Build 5 of its custom ROM this week, which brings Android 4.1.2 into the fold and adds a custom NavBar for tablets. Build 5 also introduces support for the Galaxy S III (AT&T) and Galaxy Note (AT&T). [Droid Life]
  • LG Optimus G: Consumers won’t see this smartphone hit Sprint’s shelves until November 11th, but word on the street has it that the Now Network’s variant of this handset has already been rooted. [Android Central]
Refreshes we covered this week