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Verizon Releases List of Phones to Get Ice Cream Sandwich Updates

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Verizon has been silent for the most part when it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich updates for their lineup of Android devices. Many of the OEMs that they deal with have informed us in one way or another, but we were waiting for Big Red to make some things official since they sign off on final software. Their list is now public and is as follows.

For HTC devices, we will see Android 4.0 on the Thunderbolt, Incredible 2, Rhyme and Rezound. Sorry original Incredible owners. For Motorola devices we will see it on the XOOM, Bionic, RAZR, RAZR MAXX, DROID 4 and XYBOARD tablets. Sorry DROID X, DROID X2, and DROID 3 owners. For Samsung devices it looks like only the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7.7 will see it. No DROID Charge. From LG, only the Spectrum will receive ICS.

Sooo, quite a few devices missing including a couple that should have more than enough power under the hood to run Android 4.0.

Update:  Yes, I see that it says “4G LTE devices currently scheduled” in the press release which has led many to believe that this is simply a 4G LTE only list and that some 3G devices were specifically left out. I’m having a hard time following that logic since the Incredible 2 and Rhyme were also listed and are 3G-only phones. Also, the DROID Charge which is 4G LTE, is left off. This is an assumption of course, but I would tend to lean towards this list being pretty complete.

No dates were given.

Ice Cream Sandwich Coming to Many Verizon Wireless Smartphones

03/06/2012

Verizon Wireless will deliver a tasty treat to many smartphone and tablet customers this year – Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).

It’s a frozen snack that many in the Android community have been eager to try since ICS launched in December 2011 on the Galaxy™ Nexus™ by Samsung. The redesigned user interface includes many cool enhancements, including upgraded multitasking capabilities, notifications and Web browsing.

Wondering if your device will receive Ice Cream Sandwich? Here’s a list of Verizon Wireless 4G LTE devices currently scheduled to be upgraded.

HTC:

  • HTC ThunderBolt™
  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Rhyme™
  • HTC Rezound™

Motorola:

  • Motorola XOOM
  • DROID BIONIC™
  • DROID RAZR™
  • DROID RAZR™ MAXX™ DROID 4 DROID XYBOARD 8.2
  • DROID XYBOARD 10.1

Samsung:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7

LG:

  • Spectrum™ by LG

We will continue to update this list as additional details become available throughout the year. Also, follow @VZWNews on Twitter for additional upgrade announcements.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    If and when these phones ever upgrade to ICS jellybean will most likely be coming out…this will be a never ending cycle

    • Sporttster

      Yep. How about instead of ‘these are the phones’ , ‘this is WHEN these phones will’, etc. No dates=about the time Jellybean is out for the Nexus. Day late dollar short….that’s Verizon!

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        Verizon is always tight-lipped about their updates.  I’m going to guess a few of those are actually pretty close to release.

  • wolverinefan

    THis is why Motorola and Google are Doomed…They will never compete with apple! We never receive updates, bunch of assholes !!!

  • Destroythanet

    Surprised that the Samsung Droid Charge isn’t on the list, yet the HTC Thunderbolt is.

    • Lavoisier1794

      It’s because HTC has its act together. The LG Revolution is getting ignored too.

      • Slapi

        HTC Thunder 4G yeah!

  • Jon Flikkema

    That’s kinda crap. The Droid 3 came out after the Thunderbolt but is shunned, likely due to not being 4G, all the while Motorola always claimed that the Droid 3 would receive it. If you don’t officially release it at least unlock the bootloader so we can fix your mistakes.

  • hkklife

    That’s almost the exact same list of devices to get it that I had predicted a few months ago. But I must admit to being stunned to see the Inc2, Thunderbolt and Rhyme on there.   And I really did think that the Droid 3 would get it, just because it’s got such similar architecture to the Bionic and is still a relatively recent release (much newer than the TB or Inc2) and Moto has thus far been good with updates.  

    The X2 and D3 are the most disappointing omissions of the 3G devices. I really think VZW should stand up for their customers and mandate all of their LTE handsets to get ICS (just the Charge, Breakout, Stratosphere and Revolution are left out, right?) I know a LOT of people who jumped on the Charge last year.  Really sucks for them, since they are just casual users and have probably had their first and last taste of Android now.

  • droid3

    If they’d at least unlock the bootloaders so we get ICS on droid 3 ourselfs if motorola is too lazy …..

    • Kurt Edens

      Fear not my friend,  The bionic, droid 3, razr and droid 4 are all essentially the same phone in terms of components and screen resolution.  The issues that keep the current ics roms in the alpha stage will be non issues when devs like hashcode can pull the drivers and proprietary files from officially supported phones’ ICS builds.  The D3 will see a fully functional ICS rom within weeks to a month of the official release or a leaked release. I’d bet my right arm on it.

  • oddity98

    When is the Nexus getting 4.0.4??

    • SKAVENG3R

      I called Verizon and they told me March. she said, it could be the 1St or the last day. Take it for what it’s worth. We can hope she knew what she was talking about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kid.aye Kyle W Robair

    Stop complaining about the D3, we have CM9 AND AOKP available. Who’s to let Motorola/Verizon tell us what we can run on our phone?

    • DROID3owna

      That would be fine, but I actually use my front camera.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Wilson/1491637008 Scott Wilson

    Viva La Dinc2!!

  • bkosh84

    How hard is it for people to see “We will continue to update this list as additional details become available throughout the year.”

    The X2 or Droid 3 might get on this list.. Calm your butts.

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

    awww no Droid 2 love?

    (no i didnt really expect it)

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    Wow only 4G devices are getting ICS what a frickin crock there is no reason my X2 couldn’t run it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/walmes1 William Almes

    So the Droid Charge is not gonna get it?

    • Michael Forte

      That’s Samsung for ya.

  • Flip74k

    Some BS. The x2 is left out!! The phone isn’t even a year old!!

  • theoddGuest

    Where is the love for the Droid Charge!?!

    • Slapi

      no love.

  • Sybianblack

    I don’t mind making my great phone better. Just don’t remove any of my abilities or alter my EULA in any way. This is how vzw blocked tethering and rooting on the OG Droid.

    I currently use Razr Maxx and a Tbolt as a slave.

  • Lgreg64

    i hope they do this before december

  • http://www.lovesicklives.com Curtis Fox

    If only the Incredible 2 was 4G LTE… :/

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      Incredible 2 with 4G LTE is called Thunderbolt

      • Tom Purple

         Verizon’s version of the Evo more accurately, would be the Thunderbolt. ;- }

        • Slapi

          The Evo 2

  • Deltaechoe

    The thunderbolt?  I thought they were going to kill that phone completely after a year.

    • Slapi

      nope still alive. haha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

    That’s nice but it’ll take forever. I feel bad for people who don’t want to root. The one gripe I have about Android (yes I know I’m blanketing here, but you know what I mean) devices is that they take forever to receive updates. Or they’re just fickle. They’ll say something will be released and then they’ll just forget about it or change it.

  • Phoneman67

    What about the sam charge?

    • LionStone

      You mean the scam charge, that came out at $299.99!!??

  • Ortega5

    Dude I have ics on my Droid charge, hate on it trolls !

    • DemoManMLS

      Does 4G LTE work on that Charge build?

      • Ortega5

        No it doesn’t lol

        • Slapi

          self-pwn lol

  • Joshyz73

    Kind of dumb.  My dual-core D3 isn’t getting updated, but my wife’s single-core Rhyme is…
    Moto had better not even ATTEMPT to say that the phones not getting ICS don’t have the required hardware specs.

  • DemoManMLS

    Well seeing that the Charge is still being sold and its not a year old… sorry your reason doesn’t fly with me bubba.

  • http://twitter.com/lmayo56 Lucas Mayo

    So why did the Droid 3 not make the cut?

    http://www.theverge.com/products/compare/1566/61/1697 

  • 4n1m4L

    the bionic gets love but the x2 doesn’t? all well. bye moto.

  • http://twitter.com/billfordjr Bill Ford

    I was going to buy a Droid X2 from craigslist today for $100. Glad i saw this post…. Guess ill pass now.

    • hkklife

      After the latest updat the X2 is still a pretty good device, as long as you can keep enough free RAM available.  Heck, I’d buy one for $100 if I needed a phone and could live with the screen. 

      It lets you play all of the Tegra-exclusive games.  I would imagine they will issue one more GB build for the X2 later this year (like how they just “fixed” the Droid X) , seeing as how leaked Cheesecake 2.3.5 and 2.3.6 Moto ROMs for the X2 have been making the rounds online for a few months now. 

  • jake creed

    effing Sanjay… the f*cker and his greed just screwed me and several other Moto owners… 

  • DemoManMLS

    Uuuhhhhhhh… why isn’t the Samsung Stratosphere which you know is an 4G LTE device on this list?

  • http://twitter.com/JamesZ5 JamesZ

    I guess this means that they’re making the Incredible 2 an LTE device now. Best OS update ever :P

    /s

  • bobo

    I don’t see the HTC Droid Incredible on that list.  WTH?

    • Zippitydoodah!

      That phone came out two years ago. You were honestly expecting an upgrade? LOL

  • http://twitter.com/TriadX1 TriadX1

    “…customers this year”  This year?  This year, Jelly Bean will be released.  These companies need to realize it is not 1990 anymore and that software needs to be released much sooner than this to stay relevant…

    • MotorolaRep

      Sorry, for the inconvenience, you might be interested in our upcoming phone, the Droid X3, bringing you the latest OMAP 4 dual core processor. Will launch with Gingerbread Android by Google!

      • hackthis02

        This HAS to be a troll.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    So much for manufacturers updating their devices for 18 months.

    • Zippitydoodah!

      HTC is.  For the other 4G devices, I guess you got Samsunged!

      • https://plus.google.com/104038709432067945998/posts Wyatt Beougher

        How is it? The Thunderbolt isn’t even 12 months old yet.

        • Zippitydoodah!

          And it’s on the list. Perhaps you don’t comprehend english.

          • https://plus.google.com/104038709432067945998/posts Wyatt Beougher

            12 months is less than 18 months. Perhaps you don’t comprehend mathematics.

          • Dmzman

            The Thunderbolt came out January of last year if I’m not mistaken.  That would make it 14 months.

          • LocBox

            rofl…try March.

  • Brent Stewart

    What, no Xperia Play?! No Sony devices listed at all.

  • http://twitter.com/SnkBitten SnkBitten

    I see it says ”
    Here’s a list of Verizon Wireless 4G LTE devices currently scheduled to be upgraded. ”  I don’t see it saying anything about these are the “only” devices getting an upgrade…..

    • moelsen8

      you’d be better off pretending you did see it.

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      Incredible 2 and Rhyme are not 4G LTE.

      • http://twitter.com/SnkBitten SnkBitten

        But HTC has already announced those as getting ICS……
        Again….quoted from above “We will continue to update this list as additional details become available throughout the year. “

  • Mwech91

    Anybody see a date? all I see is this year. I’d prefer not to receive it on my thunderbolt in december

  • http://www.facebook.com/jetsaredim Jared Greenwald

    Interesting that the DInc2 is the only non-4G LTE phone on the list…

    • Nexussss

      Rhyme isnt 4G either

  • http://twitter.com/ztotherad Zachary Griffin

    Well, if ICS isn’t going to get released for the X2 then we should see a damned unlock bootloader for the crap that Motorola has put us through..
     

  • Caprica_6

    This is a list of only 4G LTE devices to be upgraded.  So stop freaking out skinbags.

    • http://profiles.google.com/amtrombley89 amtrombley89

      If it were an LTE only list, then why is the Inc 2 and Rhyme on there?

      • Caprica_6

        Ush, then this is filled with fail.

  • http://twitter.com/X13thAngelX Dusty Einglett

    Didnt expect anything older than X2 to get updated but X2/D3 should atleast be….

  • Tabe

    Bionic on the list but not the DROID 3???

    • Sk102704

      Droid 3 isn’t 4g and the Bionic has twice the RAM. The amount of RAM available is a big deciding factor into whether it can be upgraded. Besides, the Bionic is much more like the D4 than the D3.

      • Tabe

        I get what you’re saying, but it’s still BS. I’m not thinking hardware similarities, I’m thinking release timeframe. ICS runs fine on the DX, the D3 should def be able to be upgraded to it. Now, I don’t own a D3.. I’m on a GNex and have a DX. The way Moto is releasing their phones and how quickly users get cut off from official updates  just annoys me…

        Hopefully the list will be updated to give the D3/DX2 owners some love.

        • Sk102704

          I agree.

        • Kurt Edens

          Once moto releases ICS for any of their phones (Razr, Bionic, or D4)  You will have a perfectly functional ICS Rom available. The 4 phones are essentially the same phones aside from the D3s smaller RAM size (which won’t be an issue at all)     Do not worry, there are devs out there working on ICS now.  There are alpha builds with issues, but those issues won’t exist once an official moto release comes out and the needed drivers and such can be pulled and worked into a D3 rom.   Fear not.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        If they say it’s because of the RAM I will LOL all the way to a different manufacturer, seeing as the devs have ICS almost completely working on the D3 with no help from Moto already. They’re only having a few small snafus with drivers for the camera and a few other odds and ends, but the performance is stellar. This is just Moto being lazy.

  • http://twitter.com/ztotherad Zachary Griffin

    The droid x2 isn’t getting updated? WTF. That’s ridiculous. 

    • Ivo Shandor

       i pray that it may somehow sneak in. the quote says “Verizon Wireless 4G LTE devices currently scheduled to be upgraded.” and also “We will continue to update this list as additional details become available throughout the year.” Is it possible they may add phones and/or make another list of 3G phones?

      • cortes24

         thats how i read it too. most likely means this is the list they are confirming so far (nothing really new here).. seems like they might update this and add more phones

        • Ivo Shandor

           Also, they of course will confirm the phones that are the newest and some of which are still being sold so people won’t hesitate to buy them.

          • Keyan X

            The DInc2 isnt lte…

  • -= )v(urphy =-

    Long live the Thunderbolt!

    • New_Guy

      I agree, I was just complaining about my battery this morning, but it is undeniable how much love this phone gets! It makes me happy to see it on this list =).

      • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

        Battery life of my Thunderbolt is better than I had with my OG Droid, and I’m on 4G all the time. I’m usually getting about 12 hours of moderate usage or 20 of easy usage.

        • Keithsmnr

          On my OG I would often often get 30+ hours of usage. What a great phone.

          • New_Guy

            Will there ever be a greater phone than our old friend =)?

        • New_Guy

          No you’re not…

          • JS629

            Yeah he probably is I regularly manage with my thunderbolt on one charge per day.

          • New_Guy

            Come on…12 hours of life on “moderate usage” and on 4g. You get 12 hours on 4g with light to standby but not moderate. I’ve ran about every custom ROM you can think of and ain’t none of them gettin that kind of batt life…not without an ext batt they’re not or a sever under-clocking treatment. Just being realistic is all…

          • Pal8282

            Just one charge a day on my stock TB running the Green Power free app. And that’s with bluetooth turned on all the time. That app saved me from getting rid of this phone! Moderate usage with 4G.

          • jeesung

            sure 1 charge per day is possible on the T-Bolt, but that’s with a 3rd party larger capacity battery and other tweaks. and if i go out after work, it’s guaranteed to be dead before i get home unless it got a mid-day battery top-off.

            with the OG Droid it was 1 charge for almost 2 days easy.

            that’s mine. i guess you might have a freaky long-life one.

        • ABerry5

          Cmon were all android fans here we won’t make fun of you because of ur tbolts battery life.. but as good as the og? Ur not fooling anyone man I could get over 24 hours without trying to limit myself.. I had the tbolt for 12 days and in those 12 days I did everything I could to extend battery.. short of making the phone essentially a dumb phone I couldn’t have it last a business day without charging twice it really lost a % a minute with the screen on and that is without 4g

          Bolt owners defensing their battery is so damn played out.. u guys bring it up so much but because it is “a non issue” that ur just reminding everyone how bad it is

    • DanSke

       Thats what I’m saying. I’m rooted and rom’ed on my tBolt, but its nice to see that HTC is fulfilling the promise of support for 18 months on their devices. Its the only company up there that is, which I think is important to note.

      • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Eddie Roseberry

        Would it be Verizons final say and not the manufacture? 

        • Scottyb112

          I’m assuming the manufacturer.. I’m sure they decide which devices are worth upgrading and which ones can handle the upgrade.. just the higher end ones would seem worth it in my eyes an I’m sure there’s as well. I have the nexus, but still have a droid charge, so it looks like that one didn’t make the list…

          • Lavoisier1794

            It’s sad that neither the charge or the revolution is getting ICS. I have to give props to HTC. As much as I would like a qwerty slider for my next phone (either in early 2013 or if I buy one of eBay),I think it will either be a nexus or HTC device. LG’s decision to not update the revolution (their first top of the line phone on VZW) and motos decision to not update the D3 are really inexcusable.

          • Noyfb

            That is complete BS to 3g users. They only do this to get people to upgrade to a high end 4g device when they dam well know other phones can handle it.
             Way To Go Verizon, for Instigating Fragmentation

          • chris125

             the thunderbolt is far from high end, same with htc rhyme and incredible 2…..

          • DroidRazr96

            The htc devices have 768mb of ram and the others. Not listed have 512 mb of ram which can’t support ics

          • Josh Nichols

            Verizon doesn’t decide who gets updates.

          • Vcmagana

            I have the droid charge and this is the last samsung phone i ever buy
            its just a scheme to get u to buy a newer phone

    • LocBox

      One thing I loved about the TB, data transfer speed was fast as f*ck.

      seriously. felt like I waited on nothing.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Didn’t expect my D2 to get updated, but the lack of Droid 3 on that list is just dickish and wrong.

    • http://twitter.com/GRZLA Grizzly Atoms

      Better yet, the poor saps who bought the D4.

      • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randy

        The D4 is on the list, only not on its own line for some reason. It’s in the same line as the RAZR MAXX

    • guest

      The list is for 4G LTE, here’s hoping they release another list for 3g devices getting 4.0

      • moelsen8

        i bet they don’t.

      • MarkyMark

        Why didn’t the Samsung Charge make the cut then? it’s LTE….

        • Erik

          because it’s a POS and its Samsung

          • Dmzman

            The Droid Charge hasn’t been a POS since it got the Gingerbread upgrade.

        • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

          Samsung decided to stop updating Galaxy S platform

        • Chevymuddin Mg

          Because the Samsung Charge is a complete POS and verizon declined to carry it anymore nor will they accept anymore Samsung wanna be DROIDS they put out. That phone wasn’t even worthy of the name DROiD in it’s title. I dumped mine after only 2 months.

          • a

            Actually you can still get the charge with Verizon they got rid of the thunderbolt get your facts straight

      • http://twitter.com/lmayo56 Lucas Mayo

        The Dinc 2 is on that list

      • PositiveNegative

        Which is funny, because they list the DROID Incredible 2 – a device that lacks both LTE & a dual-core processor.

        • DroidRazr96

          The htc droid incredible 2 and thunderbolt have 768mb of ram and the droid 3 and droid charge have 512 mb of ram which can’t support ics. That’s why they can get it more ram

    • http://ian.cazabat.com IanCaz

      Especially since the Bionic & D3 share a lot of the same components/system software.  Most of the root tools, safestrap, etc. are the same for the D3 and the BIONIC.

    • LocBox

      honestly, it’s hard not to agree with this. Really Moto, the D3 isn’t that old by a mile. smh.

  • Buttmuncher

    If this list is true I feel bad for people who bought the Droid X2

    • ABerry5

      Ppl that bought the x2 knew exactly what they were getting into.. my roommate for example it was a phone for ppl who had to have a phone at that moment and could not wait a month.. no lte was the kicker

  • Jtalwine

    DInc 2, nice. 

  • Nexussss

    I hope the Galaxy Nexus get updated to ICS!!

    • Mindchatter13

      AHAHAhahaha

    • Donnavon Hallgren

      Yeah you idiots!! If you don’t mind a cheap pos that struggles during phone calls, buy a GNex and you can have all the ICS that your heart desires.

      • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Q

        lol wat

      • snowblind64

        Obvious troll trolls obviously.

      • ABerry5

        Struggles during phone calls? You know how I know you’ve never used a gnex? Idiot I’ve never had a dropped call in 2 months of owning it..but this is the first time I’ve heard that the gnex can’t make calls

        • Noyfb

          My gnex has never had a problem with phone calls on VZ, I don’t get it. Maybe its in certain cities like the way att drops calls in certain little bubbles all over the place.

          • ABerry5

            Ha more than little bubbles.. Ive had an iphone4 for 15 months as my work phone which is the first time I’ve had att I’ve had Verizon for 12 years.. my iPhone will drop I swear 50% of calls.. the signal meter means nothing.. even for data if I got paid every time it said “there is no cellar data network” with full bars I’d be rich.. but yeah this gnex can’t make calls thing has to be even smaller than a few faulty phones because even I’ve never heard of this.. ppl say Samsung phones have the worst call quality and coming from a day 1 OG then a day 1 DX and Motorola supposedly having the best call quality of any manufacturer including apple I can tell no difference and I’ve never had the person on the other end say anything either .. stupid troll

    • I-dareU23

      I hope my LG Dare gets upgraded to ICS! That would be a real treat

      • RAZR FANN

        Heh. My dad has one of those. He wants to upgrade to the iPhone. I just shake my head and show him an Android.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10602828 Mike Hilal

      I hope my blackberry storm 2 gets ICS!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

      would be nice if the gnex worked

      • Kurt Edens

        I really don’t understand all the hate for this phone. I love my gnex.   I had a Razr and swapped for a gnex  and I couldnt be happier..   The signal issue really is a myth and a case of ignorance.   The bars are lower, but the dbm signal measurement is equal if not better than what I had with the razr.   Call quality is good 
        and I was able to adjust the max volume. I’ve no complaints really.

         I loved the outer appearance of the Razr and build materials/quality, but it wasn’t enough.  I found that I’ve missed the ability to flash kernels more than I thought since my OG was retired.    I think people are just mad they didn’t wait for it, Im not sure.    Either way, there shouldn’t be battles between those that have different android phones.  Android is android is android.  Why do some people feel the need to be so hateful.   All these phones should be open and unlocked, as that’s how android is best.. but you can’t win them all.  

    • Mr. Android Man

      The Galaxy Nexus has ICS right out of the box…

      Lucky devil…

  • Rory W.

    Didn’t really expect my venerable DROID X to get ICS, but it would’ve been a nice surprise.

    • http://twitter.com/DustinK27 Dustin K

      Well upgrades are bound to happen soon :D 

    • kixofmyg0t

      I brought my DX back to life a few days ago just to install a ICS ROM on it. Look on rootzwiki man. Ports of CM9 are out for the DX and D2G. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/divinedart Darren Jesse Braz

    THUNDERBOLT LIVES!

  • tbaybe

    ya, but when??

    • huskerhog

      Yeah. What tbaybe said.  When?

      • tbaybe

        nevah!!! lol 

        • HuskerHog

          Nuh uh!?

          • Sam

             Now kiss!