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.