Android 4.0.4 ICS for DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Now Available for Download
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Verizon customers who own the DROID RAZR or DROID RAZR MAXX rejoice, as Verizon and Motorola has just started to push the long-awaited Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update.
DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX
can now be upgraded to Android 4.0.4 ICS, but the wait for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which has just been made official, has just started.
However, Motorola did not mention if either of its current Android smartphone will receive an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade in the future.
Initially slated for a Q2 release, Motorola barely manage to keep its promise and delivered the hotly anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich update on June 29.
The update is currently pushed OTA (over the air) and has around 354MB, so users are recommended to download it via a reliable Wi-Fi network in order to avoid data mobile charges.
According to Verizon, it will take approximately 20 to 70 minutes to download the update, depending on the connection the owner of the phone uses. In addition, it will take another 10-20 minutes to install the Android 4.0.4 ICS update once it's downloaded.
To manually check for the update simply go to Menu / Settings / About phone / System updates / Download and software upgrade 6.16.211.XT912.Verizon.en.US should pop up on the screen immediately.
The following key features have been added into the mix, once the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX are upgraded to Android 4.0.4
Ice Cream Sandwich:- Device is enabled for Global Roaming;
- New versions of the following apps: Backup Assistant Plus, SMARTACTIONS, newer versions of Google Mobile Services Applications with Enhanced Features, Video Calling Portal, Verizon Apps Store;
- Faster Browser, Enhanced experience with Visual Tabs and ability to view desktop version of web sites
Several stability and performance improvements have been added as well, including:- Improved Bluetooth Audio Quality while listening to Music;
- Improvements to the Mobile Hotspot performance;
- Enhanced Email Experience with quick response options, improved auto correction and search options;
- Reorganized and easier to navigate settings menu, including toggles for airplane mode, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
For the full changelog of the major software update check out Verizon Wireless' support site
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|Comment #1 by: Tumbleweed on 04 Jul 2012, 07:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I am not liking this ice cream sandwich at all. I have only had my Droid Razr a week and this update rolls out. Had I known about these up coming changes I probably would not have purchased a smartphone. I was getting to know my phone quickly until this update moved easy to access settings around and flat out deleted others.
|Comment #2 by: TwoineG on 06 Jul 2012, 02:57 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Since i have updated to 4.0.4 version, my phone is Slower, battery doesnt last as long and the signal is terrible. Need a better version.
|Comment #2.1 by: twan on 14 Jul 2012, 03:26 GMT|
I agree with you on that one my battery, signal, and it is way slower. I had what I considered to be the perfect phone until this rolled out
|Comment #2.2 by: rick on 28 Jul 2012, 21:44 GMT|
I agree... battery life is affected. The phone is now a little sluggish too! Typical symptoms of an upgrade not thought out properly!
|Comment #3 by: Vdivav on 06 Jul 2012, 14:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Loving ics so far, fun and efficient features. Interface is much cleaner and phone is slightly faster. Can't wait for jelly bean!
|Comment #4 by: ics blows on 07 Jul 2012, 15:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
My phone jusat, updated to this. I would avoid it, if possible. Terrible, jStust terrible. Stupid thing won't even type right now, cursor jumps all over, pages, close and move around randomly zooming. About to throw phone through window.!
|Comment #4.1 by: Misskitty1844 on 12 Jul 2012, 19:29 GMT|
I couldn't agree more. I HATE this upgrade! The functionality of my phone has decreased, not improved. Everything is slower and you are correct, it does not type correctly and the cursor randomly jumps all over the place. Is there any recourse?
|Comment #4.2 by: Miss kitty 1844 on 12 Jul 2012, 22:32 GMT|
I might have found a solution: are you swyping when it does that? Go to system settings, language and input, click on the gear symbol to the right of Swype, click on preferences then UNcheck "show arrow keys". The software upgrade added arrows just above the keyboard that allows you to move about in your text to easily add or delete something anywhere. Nice feature but bad placement. I found while swyping I was constantly touching those arrows which made my cursor go someplace random. It made me crazy. It is much better since I turned off that feature! Good luck!!!
|Comment #4.3 by: ditto on 15 Jul 2012, 00:19 GMT|
I agree..I can't get my email (comcast) working properly, it's slow as heck and absolutly horrible.
|Comment #5 by: smurfberry on 11 Jul 2012, 20:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Signal strength has decreased, and I have problems with dropped calls. Seems to be in one area. Possibly problems switching between towers. Spelling does not correct automatically now. Other than that, I love it.
|Comment #6 by: Misskitty1844 on 12 Jul 2012, 19:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I am extremely unhappy with this so-called upgrade. The functionality of my phone has decreased, not improved. It no longer types accurately, the cursor randomly moves all over the screen, it is slower to respond, emails don't come through, Yahoo IMs arrive hours after they were sent, I could go on and on. Do we have any recourse?
|Comment #7 by: Brewsterlewster on 16 Jul 2012, 12:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Can someone PLEASE tell me how to turn of backround data! i cannot find it anywhere not with this update.
And why did they eliminate the Task Manager?
|Comment #7.1 by: brewsterlewster on 16 Jul 2012, 14:28 GMT|
In other words, I want to shut off ALL background data in one click just like earlier version. Not individual apps. Obviously a ploy to keep certain apps (like theirs) running in background.
|Comment #8 by: brewsterlewster on 16 Jul 2012, 18:16 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I am asking how to shut off ALL background data in a single click as the previous version allowed. Turning off background in specific apps is not acceptable. They are certainly doing this to keep their apps running in background.
|Comment #9 by: tami on 16 Jul 2012, 19:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I hate the update. Seems very buggy on my once fabulous moto razr.
|Comment #10 by: brewsterlewster on 17 Jul 2012, 14:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
sorry about duplicates. this site is a bit slow to respond and does not tell you if your comment was submitted correctly.
ah, yes, my keyboard sucks now, too! cursor all over the place and cannot move it with your finger!
|Comment #11 by: steve on 19 Jul 2012, 01:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
To turn off background data goto your menu, select data push the menu key again and select "restrict background data" follow the instructions
|Comment #12 by: Julie on 24 Jul 2012, 18:48 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Anyone have an idea about how to drop back to the previous version? Hating 4.0.4 ICS
|Comment #13 by: NOT HAPPY on 25 Jul 2012, 00:43 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This there ANYWAY to go back.....I HATE this new upgrade,, Texting is smaller keys...Cell service has been up and down all day....4.0.4 GO AWAY !!!!!!!!!!
|Comment #14 by: themonk on 26 Jul 2012, 18:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
hate the update! want to roll back immediately. everything is worse now. texting doesn't work properly; now I send gibberish. phone history is now lame. harder to work my phone now. HATE it.
|Comment #15 by: Steadfast1 on 29 Jul 2012, 21:29 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I hate Ice Cream Sandwich for several reasons! It is slowing down my Razr Maxx's Google voice commands. For example, when I open the text and wish to speak the message instead of type it, it appears that it has received my voice, but it just sits there forever and does nothing. I hate the power options widget because it takes up an entire row of the screen, and we should be able to peel out what we really need. I had to separately download a WiFi and a Bluetooth widget and I use those instead. Ok, I haven't had many screen locks, but I still have them. My husband and I both downloaded the Jeanne app, which is one of the Android copycats of Siri. It takes several minutes for it to process a command from me, whereas my husband who has the Droid 4 (NO Ice Cream Sandwich) can use the app just fine and get almost immediate responses, I have given up even trying to use it. Are there any steps being taken to remedy these kinds of problems in the 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich? I am very unhappy with it and wish I could go back, but apparently that is not an option. Please advise.
|Comment #16 by: Mel on 30 Jul 2012, 16:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The worst thing about this update for me is the texting. it used to be a lot more intuitive. It would anticipate not only the word you were typing, but would guess the next word in the sentence. Now it's as bad as my old thunderbolt. I hate this upgrade.
|Comment #17 by: Tech Junkie on 08 Aug 2012, 04:57 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I agree with others who say this update is not working properly. It is sluggish and my microphone on keyboard rarely works anymore due to no connection. Is there a way to go back to the previous version?
|Comment #18 by: kingofbytes on 13 Aug 2012, 19:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Agree the update has slowed down my phone quite a bit. Battery life is not what it once was and the voice recognition takes forever to load. Switching from browser to app screen takes forever now. This update is a PoS.
|Comment #19 by: Jason on 21 Aug 2012, 18:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The only problem I have with the ICS Update so far is the elimination of the stock task manager. That was very handy on my Droid 4.
|Comment #20 by: "G" on 26 Aug 2012, 15:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
My husband and I have the same phones purchased on the same day. When the update posted on his phone he downloaded it right away and now HATES his phone layout. Also, he noted the battery does not last. He now has to carry a charger to work, which is crazy since the MAIN reason we finally went from our OLD FLIP phones to the RAZR $$$ was because of the LONG BATTERY LIFE. I still have NOT downloaded the software to my phone and only charge my RAZR about once a week (we don't use the wi-fi much). Anyhow, I hope this helps someone in making a decision to download the new version or not, the only problem I have with my phone is every 24 hours it still ask me whether I want to download the new software. At this point I haven't found a way to reject the new software all together.
|Comment #21 by: Tom on 27 Aug 2012, 06:21 UTC|| reply to this comment|
way slow . can i get back to the version before I got update.
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