Droid 4 ICS update approved by Verizon, complete with changelog
The main feature of the update is Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the latest version of MotoBlur (which is now much less intrusive and actually useful in some ways), but there will be plenty of other enhancements coming with it, including global roaming capabilities, improved stability, and improved ringtone customization.
The timing could make the second half of August a pretty crowded time for updates on Big Red’s network, as according to HTC there will be ICS updates coming to the Thunderbolt and Droid Incredible 2 by the end of the month. With OEMs finally pushing out their long-promised ICS upgrades to last year’s popular phones, and current sales dominated by the likes of the Galaxy S III and HTC One series, we expect to see Android 4.0 start to make some serious inroads into the market share held by Gingerbread in the next month or two.
Meanwhile, Droid 4 owners can start to obsessively check their phones for updates now!
Droid 4 change list
source: Verizon via Droid-Live
1. tedkord (Posts: 4922; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Awesome. Now all three phone in my house will be ICS, less than 3 months after getting them. My SGS3, daughters RAZR Maxx, and now the wife's Droid 4.
3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3627; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Long time coming for Droid 4 users who are still rocking Gingerbread. Unfortunately they're still an upgrade behind with Jellybean being the current one. Shame it took quite a bit of time for some of the major phones to finally get ice cream sandwich.
4. tedkord (Posts: 4922; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
It doesn't really matter, since the competition is only now catching up to gingerbread, so well still be ahead.
7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3627; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Not exactly ahead. Jellybean just introduced Project Butter where the software is supposed to be more optimized for a smoother experience. Problem most Android devices are already now starting to go ahead with ICS while the competition has been doing a form of Project Butter for years now.
11. tedkord (Posts: 4922; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
ICS is smooth as butter already. Hell, my Thunderbolt on Gingerbread was butter smooth, and that was a single core.
But, I was referencing features, mainly. The competition is still neutered compared to Gingerbread.
15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Project Butter doesn't have concessions like the competition's "forms" of Project Butter does.
6. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Already running the .215 leak, but will put the official version on my phone when it's out
8. saspcguy (Posts: 17; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
Pardon me while I angrily gnaw on my Bionic...
9. cthunder (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Haha! I hear ya. Wasn't the Bionic promised before the Razr?
10. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 386; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
This is getting ridiculous! How much work could it possibly be to get ICS on the bionic if its already on the Razr!
12. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
droid bionic has different type of screen
16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
that doesn't make a difference and besides the Droid 4 has a TFT-LCD Display.
14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
just get the leak. I've learned from the Droid 4's and the Bionic's progress that it follows very closely to the Razr. Motorola's not going to push it for either of them until the issues they found with the Razr's rollout are resolved. if the Droid 4's is coming soon then the Bionic's is too.
13. techguy1980 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
Running theleak for ICS on the Bionic right now and I don't know why the update is taking so long to officially get out there. BTW Bionic runs with awesomeness with ICS
17. MISTER.H (banned) (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Finally ics has arrived for MOTO, ive never owned a MOTO handset
,but going back in the Tac2 phones days. Enjoy.
18. nas1800 (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
I can't wait for this update, hopefully it will also have a fix for the 4g connectivity flipping between 3 and 4g, maybe a little better battery life too
19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
both of those will be improved with the upgrade.