Verizon sending out texts to alert Droid RAZR owners of impending ICS update

Verizon sending out texts to alert Droid RAZR owners of impending ICS update
If you picked up a Droid RAZR or RAZR MAXX on Verizon, you’ve probably been waiting with bated breath for the Android 4.0 update to roll out. Unless you didn’t wait and installed one of the leaked ICS ROMs that escaped from Motorola over the last few months. Moto's official timeline gives them two more weeks to deliver your helping of OTA Ice Cream Sandwich, and text messages being sent to RAZR owners suggests they make just sneak in under that deadline.

Sending out warning texts to owners may seem like an unusual step to take, but in this case RAZR owners that make use of the Verizon Wireless Mobile IM app are going to have the functionality broken by the update, so Big Red is warning you that you will need to download a new instant messaging app after the update. The text message in full reads:

Free Verizon Message: Your phone will soon be upgraded to Android 4.0. At that time we will remove your Verizon Wireless Mobile IM app because it is not supported in Android 4.0. Please download a new instant messaging app to use IM on your phone. Thank you for using Mobile IM!

So you shouldn’t have to wait much longer – with any luck you may see Ice Cream Sandwich before Android 4.1 is announced at Google I/O later this month.

source: Droid-Life

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23 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

While us ATRIX BIONIC DROID 4 update will be later this summer. never again buy Motorola phones

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Except you don't see anyone else really getting updates out any sooner, do you? It's not Motorola's fault, it's Verizon's. Notice how the Wifi only XOOM got ICS literally the next month after ICS was released? When did the Verizon version get it? Oh that's right, just a few weeks ago. The HTC Vivid and T-Mobile's phones are the only other phones to really get ICS so far. It's really the carriers dropping the ball here.

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

there's plenty of Samsungs and HTCs that won't be updated until later this summer too, it's immature to set a company on a higher standard than everybody else just because you're counting on them to deliver the goods.

12. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I look at it like this: When I bought my phone (Razr Maxx) it had Gingerbread. I have no expectation of Motorola/Verizon other than the OS it came with being supported with bug fixes as necessary. Getting ICS is just icing on the cake.

20. kanonk

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

Dude, ICS was promised when it launched. So its not icing.

16. dodo1234

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Its not MOTOs fault, this update to ICS is a huge jump for Android. gingerbread was using the 2,6 kinux kernel, ICS will b using the 3.1 kernel, thats not something MOTO or any of the manufacturers r taking lightly when updating the software. This is y its so much easier to just buy an ICS phone with it already installed.

18. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

no it would be the ice cream on the cake ;) edit: meant to be in response to comment 12

2. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

the razr is a newer and more popular device so it makes perfect sense that it gets the update first. patience is a virtue my friend.

3. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I have a DROID 4 and I'm not too upset with Moto. As long as the update comes out within a few weeks of the RAZR i'll be content.

5. thelegend6657 unregistered

Why won't the Verizon im app works on ics while many old apps runs fine ?

7. thelegend6657 unregistered

But that's okay one less bloat to deal with

8. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

YES, YES, OH GOD IN HEAVEN YES!!!

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i have received no such text. it doesn't really matter to me anyway i guess because the .84 build i'm running isn't fastbootable. i think i will flash the .211 build that was found on cheesecake this morning. being that Verizon sent a text out to Razr owners about an ICS update on the same day could mean that it's the OTA.

10. johngaff24

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

let me know if thats the real ota please

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i wouldn't be able to tell you or sure until the official OTA goes out. leaks have been gushing out from cheesecake for the past few days so that might mean that they're just ironing out the minor kinks before sending out a build to be the OTA. it might very well be the .211 from this morning or maybe it'll be a .212 or .213, i probably won't even be able to tell the difference.

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

going from .84 to .211 i noticed some minor aesthetic changes, it's been pushed from 4.0.3 to 4.0.4, performance is spruced up a little and by that i mean it still feels pretty much as fast as before but that little delay i got used to unlocking the screen and bringing up the recent apps list is gone, i have Global Roaming Support now, Color comes preloaded and the Temple Run bugs are gone now.

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

okay, i think there is actually a little bug in .211. i've noticed a few times that my indicator light will flash like i have a notification even though i don't. that could drive me a little crazy if i don't find a fix for that.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I am going to switch to the leaked ICS builds soon...I reverted back to .181 for now.

11. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Is it sad that I'm going to miss Motorola's signature dark blue status bar that made their phones stand out?

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i liked it too but i like the black with the blue accents more.

17. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

VZW is definitely working on something... My 4G connection is sporadic ever since I got the text.

23. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

Lol android

24. jbreault

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

oh ya just be for that put it to us they give us a update how nice of them the family plans of death lol

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