Now that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been launched, it surely is nice to see more and more tech manufacturers rolling out… ICS updates to their gadgets. Wait, what?
Yes, guys, I’m afraid that, as much as we’d like to see JB upgrades flowing in, there are still a whole lot of devices which have been left out of the Android 4.0 mix and they absolutely have to get that software leap before moving forward.
The latest such gadget, which was supposed to get the Ice Cream Sandwich treatment months ago, is Toshiba’s 10-inch Thrive tablet. The tab is currently being upgraded to ICS over-the-air, according to official statements on Toshiba’s forums, which should be great news for anyone that has been patient until now and has held on to the 10-incher.
While the update has come much later than Toshiba initially anticipated, we have to give credit where credit is due. The Thrive makers announced back in June that the tab was then planned to step it up “sometime in the fall”, and it’s surely nice to welcome the upgrade much earlier than that.
Unfortunately, the Thrive’s 7-inch “sibling” is still stuck on Honeycomb and might have to wait at least a few more weeks before getting the ICS treatment. There’s no official word as to when to expect the update to start rolling out to the 7-incher, however, so it might happen tomorrow, or, God forbid, it might never happen.
Getting back to the 10-incher’s update, it should have been made available worldwide and you should have already gotten an automatic prompt message to download and install the new and exciting software package. If for some reason you haven’t gotten the prompt just yet, you might want to reboot your tablet a couple times, check for a better Internet connection, or locate the “Service Station” icon in your “apps” menu and manually check for updates.
Aside from the usual UI tweaks, improvements and added features of any ICS update, the Thrive’s new OS should bring to the table “improved video and audio performance”, “improved camera functions” and “improved signal strength and connectivity”, according to the changelog’s highlightsposted on Toshiba’s forum. That sounds a bit too generic for us, so if you’ve gotten the OTA update, please let us know of the specific changes and improvements you’ve noticed on your Thrive.
As you might imagine, it's way too early to talk about a possible Jelly Bean update for Toshiba's Thrive, but it surely isn't too early to start hoping. Do you guys think the tab will ever be getting the leap to Android 4.1? Or is ICS enough for a one-year-old gadget with Thrive's spec sheet?