In the storied history of ugly phones, there are few that can stand up to the horrendous might of the Casio G’zOne Commando. This device may not be a looker, but it's rugged and now it has a spiffy new software update. Version C771M140 is available to download now for anyone still hauling the original Commando around.

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The new software package makes a few changes to the functionality of the Commando, but it doesn't push it past Android 2.3. Here's the changelog:

• Power-cycle issue has been remedied
• Corporate contact search results now display much faster
• Calendar times affected by Daylight Savings have been corrected
• Improvements in security with the latest Google Security Patch
• V Cast Apps and Verizon Video have been removed

So we're looking at a lot of fixes to make the device a bit more agreeable. It's strange for Verizon to remove apps from a phone, though. It's usually the other way around, but we can call that a win.

[G’zOne Commando Update Info, G’zOne Commando Update Instructions]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Sam Hollis

    It's so ugly not even Verizon wants it!

  • PamelaLibrarian

    G’zOne Commando?? Man, even the name is ugly.

    • Mike Reid

      Yeah IMO it's ugly. And who knows how reliable it will be and how many updates it will get.

      But if you want old school over-the-air FM radio on a Verizon phone, it seems to be the best/most powerful they have,

      • Guest

        I understand that they are very reliable and aren't updates a good thing?

    • John Carlton

      Definitely a matter of opinion. Overall, I think the bold, bumper design is pretty cool. It's also comfortable to hold. Not to mention that it's extremely sturdy. I'd take a bulky phone like this over a garbage iphone any day of the week. Y'see, I don't need to stick a thickass case on my phone just to ensure its day to day survival.

  • Deltaechoe

    I honestly can't believe this phone is still being officially supported. The phone is almost 3 years old and I believe that unlimited data was still a thing back then. I would have thought Verizon would try to sabotage that phone so people would upgrade

  • A

    Slow day huh?

  • Matthew Swiss

    Says Removes V Cast Apps, Still Has V Cast Media Manager, Music and Tones pretty disappointed, Good thing my contract will be over in a few months! Also was hoping it would rid my phone of Bing and NFL Mobile

    • Guest

      Root root root

  • Guest

    You people that think phones are ugly really need to get a life,like most phones,it's square,like most phones,it has a glass touch screen,like most phones,it has apps on the screen.What exactly am I missing here? If it were a $50,000. car,I might see being critical if I were spending that kind of money but this is a phone for God's sake,have people become that shallow? Do you judge your friends by their phones? It's like,oh God,I just hate your $2. keychain or,I just broke up with my girlfriend,I just couldn't deal with her ugly phone.seriously.................seriously? I could understand if you were having software problems with the phone but if all you have to gripe about is the looks of a phone,you're way to spoiled and sheltered.

  • Guest

    Would someone please explain to me how this phone is so ugly as opposed to other phones?

  • Dustin

    It's ugly, yes, but this phone pretty much has the durability of an Otterbox case, but it comes standard. I'm pretty sure if you get an Otterbox for this phone, it could withstand even the worst abuse. I've taken mine rafting and used the camera, but other than the issues of the low memory (caused by the large amount of bloatware from Verizon apps), and the constant reboot issues (which should be fixed in this update), it's a fairly decent phone. The only other issue I have is that when talking on the phone, it mutes the microphone a lot, and I'm not sure if that's because I'm actually touching the screen and pushing buttons, or some other thing, but I can't find the setting to turn off the screen while on a call.

  • O’Riley

    Is there any way to sync this phone w/pc?

  • Heather Kiser

    We have 4 of these phones in my family. My son updated his, (the rest of us haven't yet) since the update his phone has become crazy and unpredictable. The past few days it has refused to turn on. It powers on, gets to the starting up screen, freezes, turns itself off and starts over again?? anyone else have this problem after updating? We have had these phone a little over a year, his hasn't been wet, ran over or anything like that. I got them just in case after some slide phones barely made the 2 year mark..

  • pango

    UPDATE TO DROID 4.0 please and thank you

    • bimal

      i have this mob gz one and the andriod version is 4.04 but its not supporting new youtube how shpuld i update