It’s the beginning of summer and all anybody wants is some cool, refreshing ice cream. While it’s not exactly the same thing, Android phones want some relief from the stale Gingerbread they have been eating all year. The Droid RAZR is the latest Android device to move from Christmas treats to cool sweets with Ice Cream Sandwich.
It was announced last week that Verizon would be pushing an ICS update to Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX phones soon. Soon apparently means today as Verizon has announced that ICS will start going out to owners of the aforementioned Android devices over the next few days.
Here’s the specific ICS features you can expect from your Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX:
Ice Cream Sandwich features upgraded functionality and new features, such as Face Unlock. By looking directly at the screen, the smartphone recognizes its owner and automatically unlocks the device. It also includes Direct Access Lock Screen, which allows you to easily open camera, text messages, and dialer from the lock screen.
Customers can use the front camera to video chat with friends and family to share summer stories or even just to wave hello. The new Video Calling icon makes it easy to access video chatting apps like ooVoo and Tango.
The upgrade also enhances the voice input technology, typing your words as you speak emails or texts. Speak continuously for paragraphs at a time, add punctuation and even edit mistakes with voice input.
The update to ICS also makes the Droid RAZR a global ready device. What does that mean? You can now use the Droid RAZR to make calls and browse the Internet while abroad in more than 220 countries. Of course, you will have to get an international plan, but it’s better than having to rent a phone for the month you’re in a foreign country.
The update should be pushed out to Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX users over the next few days. Here’s hoping it goes better than AT&T’s premature launch of ICS to Galaxy S II users.