After a few days of speculation, Verizon Wireless has finally announced that the DROID RAZR and RAZR Maxx from Motorola will receive the update to Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich. While this is good news for owners of these devices, the update comes almost 8 months after it was initially released and right on the verge of the Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean) announcement.
Either way, owners should be happy to finally experience features like face unlock and taking panoramic pictures among the many other features that Ice Cream Sandwich offers. One thing to keep in mind, is that these updates tend to be slowly rolled out over a few weeks, so if you don’t see right away, just be patient.
Here’s a video released by Verizon, showing off the new features of Ice Cream Sandwich on the DROID RAZR and RAZR Maxx.
DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich; Global Ready
Two Motorola phones making the global jump to Android’s latest operating system.
The DROID RAZR and the DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola will be the first 4G LTE smartphones on the Verizon Wireless network to be Global Ready.
The upgrade, which will begin on June 22, will also upgrade all smartphones in the DROID RAZR family to the popular Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
Ice Cream Sandwich features upgraded functionality and new features, such as Face Unlock. By looking directly at the screen, the smartphone recognizes its owner and automatically unlocks the device. It also includes Direct Access Lock Screen, which allows you to easily open camera, text messages, and dialer from the lock screen.
Customers can use the front camera to video chat with friends and family to share summer stories or even just to wave hello. The new Video Calling icon makes it easy to access video chatting apps like ooVoo and Tango.
The upgrade also enhances the voice input technology, typing your words as you speak emails or texts. Speak continuously for paragraphs at a time, add punctuation and even edit mistakes with voice input.
As a Global Ready device, customers with the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX will be able to have voice and data service in more than 220 countries, when subscribed to an international plan.
Additional information on the ICS upgrade can be found on the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola support page.