Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX Getting Ice Cream Sandwich Soon

    June 15, 2012
    Zach Walton
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As I sit here in my dark corner of the fragmented Android empire, I weep over my lack of Android 4.0. My agony is made even worse by the fact that the HTC Inspire will never get ICS. I used to have the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX as companions, but that will soon change.

Pardon the self-pity as Droid RAZR owners have reason to celebrate. According to Phandroid, Motorola has begun sending out texts to owners of the two smartphones that alert them to an incoming ICS upgrade. It’s about time too since Motorola announced the upgrade back in October of last year. Of course, implementing ICS can take time so maybe we can forgive them this time.

So, did the text say anything about the upgrade beyond its impending arrival? Not that Phandroid is aware of. All they know is that users will have to delete the My Verizon app once it hits. They will then have to download the updated ICS version of the app from Google Play.

The two RAZR models are just the latest to get ICS support as many smartphone manufacturers have begun upgrading phones running on 2.3 to 4.0. It’s been smooth sailing as far as upgrades go except for a small scandal instigated by Sony. It was found that the Xperia Play would not be getting an upgrade to 4.0 even after Sony had released a 4.0 ROM beta for users to try out.

Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola does have me questioning the manufacturer’s future plans with Android 4.0 and future versions. Will Jelly Bean debut on Motorola hardware? Recent rumors suggest that it will be made by Asus, but a Motorola Jelly Bean tablet is definitely a possibility now.

  • http://about.me/jbliss John

    > My agony is made even worse by the fact that the HTC Inspire will never get ICS.

    Two questions:

    1 – How do you know?
    2 – Do you know why not?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      HTC already announced which models will be getting the ICS treatment.


      As for the reason, I’m going to assume it’s all due to the specs. The Inspire is not a great phone by any means, but it’s cheap. That’s why I bought it. I’m just going to have to get a better phone next time I upgrade. Unfortunately, Jelly Bean (Android 5.0) will be out by then.

    • Alex

      I agree so much. Htc is just too lazy to make the update because even some older devices are getting the update

      • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

        I’ve thought about rooting my phone and installing a custom ICS ROM, but the Inspire has a higher than usual rate of bricking due to rooting. I wish companies would make it easier to root phones since it’s legal.

  • Ryan

    Got the text today:
    ” 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 on Android 4.0. Please download a new instant messaging app to use IM on your phone. Thank you for using Mobile IM!”

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      Thanks for the actual text message, Ryan! Great to know the specifics!