Panasonic Eluga Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update rolled out via Google Play Store

Financially troubled Japanese technology titan Panasonic rolled out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for Eluga, the only smartphone it marketed outside the Japanese market, a couple of days ago. It was pushed following reports that the company will pull out from the European market to turn the losing company into a more profitable state.

This dual-core handset was release in April running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While it may not fall short when it comes to specs, not too many people were convinced to purchase it. Nonetheless, the recent ICS update is necessary especially for people who might not want to use GB forever. If you are one of the few people to have an Eluga in their possession, here are a few requirements before you can commence the update process;

  • Make sure your phone is running the latest Gingerbread version (07.5315).
  • You must have, at least, 30MB of space in your phone’s internal memory. If not, move some apps into your external storage.
  • You must check that your external storage has, at least, 150MB of space; delete some files if you need to.
  • Make sure you have enough battery to complete the process or, at least, near a power source because the update may take up to 100 minutes to finish.

The Android ICS update for Panasonic Eluga was not pushed over the air but owners can download them from the Google Play Store. The process is somewhat bizarre especially for people who may be used to downloading OTA update, however, the process is not as difficult as it may seem.

How to update Panasonic Eluga to Android ICS 

Panasonic, actually, posted a step-by-step guide on how to flash the official update to your device. But to make things a little easier for you, here’s the simplified version of that tutorial. But if you must, feel free to visit the website; you can find the link at the end of this post.

Step 1: Launch the Google Play Store app and search for “eluga ics update” without quotes. This process is no different from installing common apps you can find from the app store.

Step 2: Once found, tap on the “Install” button to the right to automatically download the app and commence the update process.

Step 3: When the app is installed, launch it and agree to the terms and conditions and continue.

Step 4: Wait for the phone to finish searching for the update. Once found, the basic information about the update will be displayed. You need to tap on “Yes” to start the download. Basically, the app you downloaded from the Play Store does not really contain the package but you need it so that your phone will be given access to do queries on Panasonic’s servers. It is only after you tap on that “Yes” button that the download process will start.

Step 5: Once the download process is done, tap on “Update Now” button.

Step 6: You can see the update status by pulling down the notification bar but then you must be prepared to stay up for 100 minutes because the process may just take that long.

Step 7: Once the update is successful, your phone will reboot automatically. You can check the version of the firmware to confirm.

The ICS update for Panasonic Eluga is a major one and there could be hundreds of new features owners can enjoy. Some reports from people who claim to own this device suggest the update brings huge improvement for the overall performance of the device. The battery is reportedly among the many aspects to have received a considerably noticeable change.

[source: Panasonic | The Wall Street Journal]