Over the weekend someone posted screen caps of a new build of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for the Droid RAZR. The source of the images stayed mum on where they came from, but the build was vetted by several top developers. This build is quite a bit further along that the initial leaks we reported on back in January
, and it appears we are looking at something approaching a final build, at least in terms of appearance.
In general this seems to be the least intrusive version of MotoBlur yet. Motorola has added plenty of custom icons, and current Motorola users will recognize the theme on the dialer and call-in-progress page. As we suspected back in January, Motorola will be bringing some of their app-tray special sauce to the party, adding custom app groups within the launcher - although they otherwise have wisely gone with the stock app tray. The launcher also appears stock, albeit with custom dock icons. There is also a new camera app, and some fancy shenanigans going on with the lock screen.
Since the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX are the same phones internally, we expect that owners of both will see this update around the same time. Hopefully the engineers at Motorola are hard at work squashing bugs for the release, but in the meantime here is a sneak preview of what to expect when Google's latest dollop of Android goodness winds up on Motorola's latest Droid.
Droid RAZR ICS Screen Grabs
Droid RAZR ICS Screen Grabs
1. Blurred ICS Lockscreen
Right away users will get a different experience, although it's hard to see all the differences, since this lock screen seems to be using keypad for a password (saftey first!)
2. Home Screen - Incoming Call
The incoming call screen cap shows off a circular Honeycomb/ICS-based unlock graphic that will let you choose between taking the call, ignoring it, or sending out a custom message. We suspect the circular swipe to unlock will feature on the default lock screen as well, since it appears to be safer from lawsuits
than the linear swipe to unlock gesture. On the other hand, earlier builds showed off a different variant on the circular unlock (see image 6 here
3. Blurred ICS Home Screen
Surprise! It's basically stock ICS, with Motorola's custom icons. And a healthy dose of Verizon's bloatware installed, free of charge!
If you haven't experience Ice Cream Sandwich folders yet, you are in for a treat! They can de-clutter any ones home screen, and are dead-simple to use.
5. Blurred ICS Dialer
This should be familiar to owners of any recent Motorola Droid model...ICS apparently won't knock you out of your comfort zone when using the dialer.
6. App Tray
It's mostly the normal ICS app tray, although Motorola retained the ability to create custom app groups that has been featured since their first Gingerbread updates.
7. App Tray - Widgets
It looks like Motorola will be sticking with the ICS method of adding widgets from your app tray, rather than a long press on the home screen.
8. New ICS Camera App
Motorola continues its trend of providing custom camera apps. This one
looks nice enough, but we hope it has the performance and responsiveness
of the stock ICS camera app.
9. Updated Core Apps
Droid RAZR owners will of course be treated to the 4.x versions of all of Google's core apps, including the new Gmail app, which is a pleasure to use.
10. ICS Settings Menu
Motorola has added their own colorful icons to the settings menu in place of the more restrained black and whites icons of stock ICS. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder we suppose...
11. Phone Information Page
Still Android 4.0.3, the same version as we saw in the less-advanced leak in January, and the version we'd expect to see hit the Droid RAZR/MAXX when the update rolls out.