Originally the Pantech Burst smartphone was set to see the update to ICS back in late September but it was delayed a week or so. Today the folks from Pantech have confirmed the smartphone’s update is available right this minute over on their official website. For those that don’t know, the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is worth every minute of your time. The update has to be manually done — but you’ll get a new user interface, much better performance across the board, enhanced camera features and much more.
That isn’t all either. Since the Burst came with a $50 discount (and sometimes bundled for free) with Pantech’s 8-inch waterproof tablet known as the Element — they’ve also issued the update for that tablet. That tablet has been running on the old and outdated Android 3.0 Honeycomb — but today you can also upgrade it to the awesomeness that is 4.0 ICS. Here’s what to expect:
New User Features
Enhanced Home screen canvas switcher edit functionality(In the preview of home screen panels, users can change a main home screen panel).
Enhanced Multitasking and Notifications functionality.
Enhanced User Interface : Virtual buttons in System bar, contextual options in Action Bar.
Improved text input and spell-checking (Android keyboard)
Control over Network data and Powerful web browsing
New! Self mode and Panorama capture mode in camera.
New! Time-Lapse recording function in video camera.
Improved user interface design with GL library.
Support for Native Sync of AT&T Address Book.
Improved lock screen.
Improved Quick Settings and Detail Settings.
Additional Improvement UI interfaces.
The Pantech Burst and Element certainly aren’t top end devices, but both come with powerful 1.2 and 1.5 GHz dual-core processors, and now are getting a much needed update. Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich will give the Burst new life, while ICS for the Element will make the tablet that much better since it was still stuck on Honeycomb. For those that aren’t too familiar with this, you’ll want to check out our Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Review. Both devices will need to be updated manually using a Windows PC so that could be a problem. Get the updates from the links below and drop us a comment and let us know what you think, or if you have any problems. Enjoy!