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Taking a new approach to firmware upgrades, Panasonic has decided to update its Eluga handset to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich via a downloadable Play Store app appropriately named 'ELUGA ICS Update.'

For those who don't remember, the Eluga is a little-talked-about handset that debuted in Spring 2012 in Europe and Japan, touting a waterproof and dustproof chassis.

According to its description, Panasonic's update app "connects to Panasonic download server [sic] and downloads the Ice Cream Sandwich software update." Of course, many of us are familiar with what improvements Ice Cream Sandwich brings over Gingerbread 2.3.x, but Panasonic emphasizes the new "powerful new features" of its custom skin as well, listing the lock screen, status bar, home screen, and app drawer as areas of improvement with the update.

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If you're the owner of a Panasonic Eluga and have been patiently waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich goodness to finally arrive, hit the widget below, and upgrade your device. Be warned though – Panasonic says "the update can take approximately 100 minutes."

Thanks, Mirzet!

Source: Panasonic

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  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    Someone at Panasonic won't be downloading the update with no connection

  • WITTERU

    why isnt this update method used more often as a way around the crap that carriers pull about OTA updates? I can just see the future apps Motorola Updater, Samsung Updater, HTC Updater, etc.

    Is it just me or is this the best way to push updates to the users phones without having to go through the carriers?

  • TheWhiteLotus

    1. How is this possible? I wasn't aware Play Store apps had permission to install full blow Android OS updates.

    2. Why would they choose to do it this way through an app?

    • flippingthecoins

      I think it connects to some server and downloads the zip file to the sd card and updates your phone similar to what other apps do.( Like ROM manager etc)

      So it doesn't needs any extra permissions.

      • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

        All updates are pushed from Google Servers. But they don't want to push the update so they have to use this method.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    Maybe other OEMs should look into this approach to updates. Make em available in the Play Store and bypass the carriers altogether,

    • fixxmyhead

      wow i never thought about this but this is a good idea.

    • McLean Riley

      I'm not sure but I think the carriers would be a little upset with this. I am thinking that there is some cross licensing going on with the carriers and hardware manufacturers or the manufactures would just push updates when they were ready.

      Edit: I think this is also why we see "leaks" on XDA so often.

      • GazaIan

        Who cares if the carriers are upset? Fuck the carriers!

  • jamaall

    What I wish they would do is let you request the update through the "Check for updates" area. That way you could get it before the other people that don't care about getting updates. I'm too impatient to wait 2-3 weeks for Verizon, and if you're on this site, you probably are too impatient too.

    • Steven Schoen

      Try going to the dialer and typing: *#*#checkin#*#*
      It should disappear by itself. This forces a check.

      • jamaall

        Most of the dialer codes don't seem to work on my RAZR m. Only the 4636 works from what I've tried. When i typed in checkin, no prompt came up, though i know there is no update atm

  • Matti

    Nice workaround, Panasonic.

    But I see this as the beginning of some crazy downward spiral. So the app connects you to a server to download the update. How long before we see other apps that connect you to an external server to download harmful stuff? And what of the carriers? Are we going to see carriers retaliate by blacklisting/blocking the server addresses that this Panasonic Update app connects to?

    • mechapathy

      For these bad apps to work you'd need to be running a custom recovery. The average user won't be, and the advanced user who is running a custom recovery is hopefully smart enough to realize that they've downloaded a bad app. Plus Google and their kill switch will take care of something like that, hopefully before it gets out of hand.

    • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

      Apps will do according to what permissions they have. Think before you download.

      • Matti

        People thinking? Joke of the century right there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    "many of us are familiar with what improvements Ice Cream Sandwich brings over Gingerbread"

    Like what exactly? Cuz I'm really not sure whether I'm even going to bother upgrading to ICS, it seems like more hassle than it's worth.

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    This phone looks sexy!

  • martin clinton

    I upgraded last night, you first have to upgrade to the latest Gingerbread (which took 40 minutes to install), THEN the ICS app will work and boy, does it take its time! The end result is a lot better...Apps can now be sorted alphabetically (Woo!), and rather than two app tabs (system and downloaded) all apps are together in a standard ICS view , generally a big improvement, but the longest ICS upgrade I've ever seen!