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See what ICS will look like on the Droid RAZR

See what ICS will look like on the Droid RAZR
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.


source: droidrzr via Droid-Life

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posted on 20 Feb 2012, 10:53 5

1. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Not bad, but I wish they would have made a video instead.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:41 1

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4207; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I know what you mean. It’s always better to see the OS in motion as opposed to just plain old pictures.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 16:11

27. Vadermando (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Dec 2011)


it is very good for slow conections like mine. i hope they keep using it in the future. thanks P.A.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:09 7

2. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 266; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


Wow it actually looks kinda like stock

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:13 3

3. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


very impressive so far the best skin that is very similar to stock ics

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:16 5

4. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


Still looks kinda crowded and the settings menu with those icons looks so tacky!!!

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:19 3

19. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


There's nothing crowded about it because of the massive screen.
If it had a 3.5" iScreen iWould have to agree with you.

Besides, when you hook up a DROID RAZR™ to an HD Widescreen TV nothing can ever be crowded since, HDMI FULLY STRETCHES and mirrors the phone's display to TV; something no other phone or iDud can do.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:39 3

21. bigboy029 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


Awesome. I bought the phone, and immediately went to best buy and picked up an nice HD TV. Now i just cary my phone AND my TV around in my briefcase so that I never feel crowded. -____-

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 13:46 2

24. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yes, and don't forget the HDMI cable; you can just tuck that in one of the four corners of your brief case.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 02:51 1

40. bigboy029 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


ah yes. i forgot about that. thanks for reminding me pal.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:27 5

5. imkyle (Posts: 1008; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


This is how you implement you're customizations with ICS. Sammy pay attention and give us something good! :)

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:49 1

9. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


I'm not as worried about Sammy. HTC is usually who has a habit of making a completely new launcher with almost no similarities to stock. Sammy keeps some of the original.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:15

17. imkyle (Posts: 1008; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Agree with that. HTC makes nice phones. Their build quality is fantastic but their Sense over ICS will be interesting to see.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 16:15

28. jroc74 (Posts: 4974; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea....if you seen the leaks of the HTC Ville and ICS...wow... kinda hard to tell its even running ICS.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:32 1

6. theBankRobber (Posts: 647; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Wow that looks really good, can't wait to get it on my phone. I wonder how much performance boost they have now, that's all that matters to me is how smooth the phone is running with this new update. Hardware acceleration is really going to be a big deal about ICS.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:44

8. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


it is actually a good layout but i was expecting something a little more on the razr anyway you never know until you use it. Sense 4.0 is more appealing and Samsung touch wiz 5 is not out yet so it is a bit confusing now.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:51

10. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Oooo! the King Like! ;)
i just kind of wish they would take the app labels away from the icons in the dock.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:52

11. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it looks like stock with a lil theming. I hope the unseen internals are mostly untouched as well. that could bode good things to come for motos updates in the future. considering blur is probably the most heavily customized under the hood of all the UIs, if its not heavily modded that gives me hope for the other UIs as well.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 11:59 1

12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'd actually say it's on of the least modified. it's less modified than TW and especially Sense. it's kind of like what they've done with the Honeycomb experience and it feels good so i assume something similar is going on here.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:04

13. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


u have a misunderstanding of blur then. Blur is by far the most modified under the hood, not graphically. blur runs through motos "blur servers" to retrieve mail, status updates, and all sorts of nonsense for the stock mail/facebook/ect options. No other UI does that. It also has added in exchange functionality that tops the other UIs as well.
There are a lot of positives about blur, especially for business use with all the extra modifications. Unfortunately, in the android world, thats a double edged sword when it comes to updates.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:09 1

14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


oh well i wouldn't say that's a big deal then as Moto usually updates their high-end handsets pretty darn fast. xD

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:10

25. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol.. yea if it says "Droid " on it.. lord help ya if it doesn't..lol

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 18:55

32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


they haven't done bad with the Atrix. o:

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 16:18

29. jroc74 (Posts: 4974; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Its kind of a wash between Blur and Sense UI then.. cuz on top that is the most heavily modified custom UI.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 20:23

35. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea, sense is definately the most candied out. lol. give me stock ICS!!! :)

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:10

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


maybe it'll be even better if NOVA Launcher gets slapped over this. o:

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:15

16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i hope there's also some nice improvements to Webtop with this build too.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:16 1

18. ArkiTech (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Anybody else notice the blacked out icon in the 4th picture in between Currents and Docs...could this be google Drive

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:19

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i didn't even notice there was a place blacked out. xD
that's a very good theory. we might learn more about the Razr's ICS update at MWC then. maybe it'll even get pushed then. c:

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:43 2

22. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Sexy. Most impressed by the smoothness of ICS, web browsing, and multitasking.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 12:58

23. jove39 (Posts: 1307; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Almost like stock...hope samsung learn something from this and drop tw from sgs2 ics build.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 14:19

26. Leo_MC (Posts: 553; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


OMG, it's the kitschyest, kiddiest interface...
Sory, Motorola, I would have like it if I would have had 10-15 years old.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 16:19 3

30. jroc74 (Posts: 4974; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I suggest you look at the Contacts icons and color scheme for stock ICS then.....you wont like what you see...lol.

Other than the Messaging icon smiley face...I dont see what you are talking about...

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 18:57 1

33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


And even stock has a messaging icon smiley face. xD

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 06:51

41. Leo_MC (Posts: 553; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


It's everybody's choice to like or not to like Motorola UI; I chose not to like it.
Take a look at the 10th image: green wifi, blue BT, pink tethering, orange display (it's like candy icons on Symbian), not to mention the default wallpaper is a Quake print screen...
The f*bip, it's an ugly kid UI.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 17:56

31. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


when tmboile going to get a moto phone dame

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 18:59

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


T-Mo does need a good, high-end handset from Moto. that's something i'll hope to see at MWC. o:

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 20:24

36. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea, we are definitely missing a good moto phone. Got my hands on a photon4g for the first time tonight. it was rather nice. Makes me wanna play with the droid razr. lol

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 21:53

38. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the Razr is a billion times better. even the Bionic is noticeably better than the Photon.

posted on 20 Feb 2012, 21:52 2

37. frydaexiii (Posts: 1236; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Dayum, I wish I could have that on my SGS2...That looks like an extremely polished ICS

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 01:00 2

39. cthunder (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Sweet! Now hurry up and get this for the Droid 4 and I will be in business.

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