Motorola RAZR to get ICS in early 2012

Motorola RAZR to get ICS in early 2012
There seems to be a debate over whether the Motorola RAZR or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the better phone. As we covered in our breakdown of the two, the only real differences are in the screen, the camera, a slight difference in weight, the availability of an SD card slot, and of course in the Android version loaded. The first bunch of points will just have to be personal preference, but the last one is something that will be changing, and sooner than you might have expected. 

The Motorola senior vice president of portfolio and product management, Alain Mutricy has said that although the RAZR was designed for Gingerbread, it will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update at the "start of 2012". This is an extremely fast update given that the first ICS phone, the Galaxy Nexus, won't be on the market until next month. 

Some may say the speed of this update could be due to the increasingly close relationship between Google and Motorola. But, of course, we know that Google has been seeding hardware partners with ICS for months now. Motorola must have had early builds of ICS, and that is certainly helping with the speed of this update. Although, assuming Motorola had ICS builds, it seems strange that Mutricy would explicitly say that the RAZR was designed for Gingerbread. Perhaps the statement was simply in regards to the device having physical buttons.

source: Pocket-lint

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1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

that's what I'm talking about.. so let's forget about the galaxy nexus then..

2. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I tend to easily forget about alot of things that say "Samsung" on them. But, that's just me.

4. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

haha.. same here sir, I'm just not into Samsung products..

14. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

And why are none of you into Samsung? Have you actually owned any of the Galaxy 1 or 2 devices? They are the best phones out there and until now with the RAZR no Moto phone could even compete. But of course now that a Moto phone has a SAMOLED display then it can compete. Except Motorola's UI completely blows.

19. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

never owned one but most of my friends has samsung. all of them are having troubles as far as the receptions, hardware wearing out, and long array of software issues. I also work for a major carrier and we receive countless complaints about their samsung device. And personally, I don't like the designs and feel of any of the Galaxy products I've handed so far. And TouchWiz is crap.

40. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Synack I disagree, I don't think that the new Motoblur is bad at all. From the X on it got better. I actually hate Samsung's UI personally, especially when it's on Verizon with their crappy Bing add ons.


Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah I bet you "easily" forget about everything else in life too MORON!

39. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

your comment is non sense. it shows how much space left in your brain.


Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

More like your poor a$$ can't afford samsung products so you just had to bash.

37. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

you're kidding right? when I bought my HTC Desire HD it was more expensive than the Galaxy S.. Crapsungs are cheap as sh*t and you should know that..

3. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

dont the physical buttons obviously point to it being developed for gingerbread? i would think motorola will have a phone w/o buttons coming down the pike. ICS might make it quickly to the RAZR, but future updates will see it on the back burner to phones designed for the OS.

16. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

You can program the capacitative buttons to work instead of the OS buttons for phones with real buttons. All they have to do is remove the bottom navigation buttons from ICS for the particular type of phone.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

he probably just means "designed for gingerbread" as in it has physical capacitive buttons instead of the all onscreen nature of the Nexus.

6. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Lame. I wouldn't buy this phone anymore then getting a new PC with Windows Vista.

7. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

FU this is the greatest phone build wise, spec wise (except for screen), and durability wise that has been released in a long time look for this thing to be a big seller

18. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Its a POS, a-hole. Overpriced DX2 with a different case. BS Moto-blur. This phone's for losers.

24. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

lets see 1.2ghz dual core processor 7.1 mm thin super amo qhd screen, water spash screen, kevlar, steel core, best android phone yet

23. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

doesnt mean it has kevlar it will survive a 5 foot drop.

50. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Neither will any samsung product like the SGS II nor the Nexus can survice a 5 foot frop either. your comment is nonsense.

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

@c - Not sure what to make of your comment. Are you equating the RAZR to Vista? Or, Android v. 2.3? Spec-wise the phone hardware that counts (CPU, RAM, GPU) is identical between the two phones.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Is PA going to be getting an early look/review of the RAZR? Curiosity overwhelms regarding the call quality and camera performance of the RAZR.

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, that clinches it. If I were still on Verizon I'd get the RAZR over the Nexus. Though I'd get the Razr even if it remained on Gingerbread. Hope to see ICS also land on the Atrix. :)

28. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Come back to the dark side Siniggly...att blows and you know it :P RAZR FTW. I love Moto call quality and Samsungs build quality doesn't compare with the Razrs. I've owned Samsung before and never been a big fan. Honestly the only South Korean product I like is Blizzard :P The prime would have been my first Samsung android device had it completely out shined the razor

29. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol, and pay the ETFs and the cost of new phones for four lines? Not on your life. :P Actually, here in St. Louis and the surrounding area, AT&T has a much stronger network than Verizon. I mean, big surprise, because they're kind of based here, but still. Also their plan is slightly less expensive, and comparable smartphones were WAY less expensive. I am having some serious envy issues with the Razr now though. I want it so bad, I wish they had a version for AT&T. I'd save the money to blow on its full retail price.

42. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

you mean the $5 on the 2gb data packages? verizon $30--2GB AT&t $25--2GB other thn that, there is no difference between the prices of the two companies

43. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually, the unlimited text bundle also gives you unlimited calling on cell phones no matter what the carrier, which is also big. And the coverage clinches it.

47. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

In Portland, Oregon, AT&T worked fantastic, and all over the suburbs and what not. I know there are carriers that work better in different places, but I actually really liked AT&T. Plus they had slightly cheaper plans, and much cheaper phones. But the coverage on the coast blew it for me. I lvoe Verizon, but the $300 thing is NOT ok, and they've been having a lot of network outages, and just weird things recently :/

11. Leodrade

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

Galaxy Nexus or Motorola RAZR? that's the question

25. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Nexus' advantage over RAZR is the screen but RAZR's screen is also a good one ICS will come to RAZR so it's not a biggie. Design wise it's RAZR any day. NFC isn't really that useful as it's not been implemented to a huge number of merchants as of now.

48. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Either way you'll be a winner.

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