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Is Ice Cream Sandwich Coming to the RAZR and RAZR MAXX Today? Motorola Says They will Share Details “Soon”

According to Best Buy, today was supposed to be the day that both the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX received the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich update. We normally aren’t one to believe everything that a screenshot says when in involves an update, but seeing an invite from Motorola for owners of both phones to test software go out shortly after the BBY leak, followed by a leaked Android 4.0.3 ROM, we thought that we may be on the verge of glory. But today is here and so far, we haven’t heard a peep nor have Motorola Feedback Network members been prompted with a thing.

Update:  The update is not Ice Cream Sandwich and is instead build 6.12.181. Full details here.

Owners of the RAZR have taken to Twitter to see if they can get Motorola to spill the beans and all they will say is that the device is indeed receiving ICS, but that they do not have a release date at this time. They should have “more details soon.”

I don’t want to read too much into that, but it definitely doesn’t sound like we are months away if they are using the term “soon.” Could we still see it some time this week? Would be a wonderful surprise.

  • Siorizzo81

    Motorola is just a horrible company with the phones they come out with. I just don’t understand why is it so hard and long to give ICE update to the customers that paid a lot of money.

  • djkoz78

    A guy over at Engadget said he pulled his battery reviews his phone then received ICS for his Rezound. He posted the picture on his Facebook I saved the picture to my phone.


  • Acsom93

    So much for first quarter of 2012 moto…

  • Corey Pincus

    any news for the Droid razr not the maxx when will i see ICS!!!

  • Dshizzel

    GB leak for the Droid 2 came out months before the actual general push.

  • dshizzel

    That particular tweet is definitely a moto-bot.  Going back through their tweets, it’s the exact same wording time after time after time.  No new information is being shared or hinted at.

  • Q

    They cant tell you the date because when they invariably fail to meet their own deadline, people will get even more angry.  It’s best to just say “Soon” or nothing at all.  Even saying “Q1 2012” is bad because people expect it in that quarter.  It took HTC like an entire quarter to update a bug on the Thunderbolt where the VM notification wouldnt show up.  I wouldnt get my hopes up for getting ICS on HTC or Moto devices before Summer.

  • Micah Roy

    I was wondering if that was a Best Buy April Fool’s joke . . .

  • Soak test in the AM no telling what it is.  “hoping for ics, but not really expecting it”

  • Tom Kircher

    Soak test is NOT ICS 🙁

  • I think that the battery in the maxx, is the beginning of the end for regular size batteries in smartphones,I mean look how it hardly changed the shape of the phone at all

  • Guest

    Motorola Feedback ICS e-mails going out now. Update to get pushed to in the morning for soak users.

    • nrzrt

      just got mine as well, so it’s probably “sooner” than “later” 😛

      • xxyoungkid92xx

        no soak today guys 🙁 sorry

  • cooksta32676

    ICS will look good on all the screens that are cracking from the MaXX battery getting so hot. I smell a recall….Google it.

  • just got the email that says

    “Thanks very much for agreeing to this advance test of new software for your DROID RAZR or DROID RAZR MAXX. 

    The software will begin to be pushed out in the morning; however, it may take several hours for all targeted devices to receive the update.

  • Me

    Just got the email. Soak test starts in the AM.

    • HuskerHog

      I got the same message just now.  It just says new software, but is still probably ICS.

  • Babyboy14622

    Please release update for razr maxx

  • Darthseph23

    Supplies?! (Jumps out of closet!)

  • Q

    lol @ anyone thinking this was actually happening today.  How long you guys been doing this Android phone thing?  These updates dont push until they push.  If I had to guess, Id imagine these leaked internal memos from Best Buy about upgrade dates have been right about 1% of the time..

    • M1ghtysauc3

      You’re really sitting there laughing out loud? I want to try out all my new jokes on you. You sound like a real trooper.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Hey anyone have FoxFi on their Gnex? and working…..

    • Q

      I use the hotspot toggle on “extended controls” widget.. works fine my LTE Gnex (Stock 4.0.2)

  • sure it is, you paid top dollar for something you have to work on to make it like it was supposed to be right out of the box

    • will bartlett

      mine worked out of the box. QQ more

  • I wonder if they would have said it if the maxx had ics?

  • heres the box from the original and the gettin started papers from the 3 refurbished

  • they said they didnt have anything comparable,, I laughed

  • I think I may have the record for gnex, my 5th one will be here tomorrow, just think, I have been thru 5 gnex’s and still we have no updates

    • will bartlett

      THIS ISNT EVEN ABOUT THE GNEX! why do you insist on crying on every post?

      • because I can, if the darn maxx would have had ics,they would have traded me out for one

        • will bartlett

          it just really bothers me that you went through 5 of them without TRYING to fix them yourself. i had a mic cutting out issue every once in a while but guess what, i rooted, slapped a rom on this thing and you know what, it fixed it.

          • I want what I paid for thats all, so I guess if you bought a car and the engine was bad, you would be ok with fixing it yourself huh,

          • will bartlett

            you said that before but its not the same. at all.

          • RoadsterHD1

            Come on dude. apples and oranges. 

        • jnt

          That’s really funny, b/c I’ve heard of people wanting to trade in their Gnex for a Maxx, and Verizon telling them it’s not a comparable that direction either…

          • will bartlett

            he has the gnex. he keeps posting on every article crying about how he keeps getting lemons which i highly doubt.

          • duh!  did you not see the pic below

          • will bartlett

            i dont see your picture nor do i care about it since im not saying that you didnt get all those different phones. im saying DO SOMETHING TO FIX IT THAT WILL FIX IT. crying about it wont do crap

          • here

          • will bartlett

            like i said, i dont care about the phones youve received. dude. root and rom your phone. 99% of your issues will be gone. plus you will have more battery life. stop complaining on articles that DO NOT PERTAIN TO YOUR PHONE.

    • will bartlett

      plus i thought after 4 phones they force you to get a different model

      nvm. 4 replacements.

      • that I know is not the case. I went through 7 thunderbolts when they came out with that software that caused the random reboots, had tried some roms, but still had stability issues. Finally got a tbolt that had the old software, and I made certain I didn’t update until they had the reboots fixed.

    • r0lct

      You get a receipt/packing slip with each exchange.  Why don’t you post up a pic of the 4 you have already next to each other so we can even pretend you aren’t full of crap.

      • will bartlett

        he wont. he just likes to complain about phantom issues that only he has.

      • all you get each time is the getting started guide

        • Not quite. I had issues with my thunderbolt. Being that I had to send the old hardware back, I got a shipping label to send it back. It had a portion that I kept to be able to track it. The ONLY time I did not have anything to prove that I had sent something back, was when the device was swapped out at the actual store (not their normal policy, but I know the manager, and I’d been through a few replacements)

    • Bionic Man

      i think the phone spirits are trying to give you a GIANT hint that maybe just maybe you weren’t meant to have a GNex. Seriously, you’d probably be better off with a RAZR. or maybe an iphone. or maybe a cup on a string

      • hmmmm    that cup on a strings sounds interesting   lol

  • will bartlett

    man moto’s time frames are always spot on! i mean look at our unlocked bootloaders that we got at the end of 2011.

  • Liderc

    Apparently it was an April fools joke =P

    • moelsen8

      you’ve been motoroll’d!

    • r0lct

      Or Internet Troll day, which is every day  of course.

  • moelsen8

    coming “soon”:  new software upgrades for motorola droid and motorola xoom.  includes “security patch”.

  • Meh… nothing new, but is what I expected. 

  • Mecevans

    Last time they said “SOON” for gingerbread on the Droid X, it took over 2 months.

    • Ljg

      And that was the worst update ever. The phone actually went on by itself.

      • Noyfb

        Every Motorola device I’ve owned it always takes 6 months to get the update after google releases it. Why would it change now? I said it before and I’ll say it again, It won’t be until June when Moto has an ICS update.

  • Travis H

    really seems like they forgot they made the bionic too…

  • Jack Coleman

    ive been doing the *#*#2432546#*#* checkin thingy and then checking for updates since 1:00

    • Kevin

      By entering that command in my phone what does that do?

      • Jack Coleman

        not sure, it says checkin succeded and i thinks its there to refresh updates, thats how i got the last one.

  • r0lct

    Anyone with the leaked rom know if this makes the camera software any better?  I had my coworker get this phone and he doesn’t like the camera performance coming from the original DInc and am hoping this update will help.   However as a former DX user I am not holding out too much hope.

  • Rage17

    I would love for my Bionic to receive ICS soon also!

    • RoadsterHD1

      Me too. but i’m afraid some of my apps won’t work with ICS like, FoxFI 

      • evltwn

        Foxfi works just fine on my GNex.

        • RoadsterHD1

          NICE thanks for that….

          • evltwn

            What i mean is, it works on ICS just fine. Hopefully it will still work on the RAZR when it receives ICS.

  • 11knives

    Well today’s the day for my upgrade. Still going back and forth Razr Maxx or G Nex. I like the Maxx a lot but after having a DX for 2 years the locked down bootloader thing is killing me. Lots of ROMS to choose but so many of them are unstable. Looked through the Razr forums and they seem to be a lot of the same and I’m sure being locked down has a lot to do with it. I understand the Maxx works great stock, but i always itch to customize regardless. Damn it I hate having to make this decision!

    • Jack Coleman

      maxx, the battery on the gnex is just atrocious.

      • will bartlett

        not on mine…troll somewhere else

      • I’d personally rather have a great device that I loved that lasted 2/3s of the day (with no charging) than a crappy device that I hate that lasts all day.

    •  Go for the Maxx. The battery life is incredible and the phone is so stable. I love it a lot.

    • majorhunadadun


    • 11knives

      Quick question… I know the Maxx has a smaller screen than the G Nex, but after you minus the room taken up with on screen soft keys, is it the same size or still bigger?

      • r0lct

        bigger, especially with the higher res, more fits.

      • Lakerzz

        The on screen keys disappear when watching videos, and viewing pics.

      • Tim242

        With the buttons as is, you have 4.5″. Like already pointed out, you have full 4.7″ when watching videos. However, on AOKP, you can reduce the size of the buttons, or remove them completely. If you remove them, you use LMT for gesture controls. I just reduced the size of mine.

      • Liderc

        When watching videos, looking at pictures and in quick nav mode web browsing yes it’s bigger.

    •  G-Nex.  Get the extended battery.  It will be enough to make you through a day. If you’re waiting on the Maxx, wait another month for the next Razr to come out…. but since you’ve waited that long, you should probably just wait another month for the next Razr to come out…. but since you’ve waited that long, you should probably just wait another month for the next Razr to come out…. but since you’ve waited that long, you should probably just wait another month for the next Razr to come out…. but since you’ve waited that long, you should probably just wait another month for the next Razr to come out…. but since you’ve waited that long, you should probably just wait another month for the next Razr to come out…. but since you’ve waited that long, you should probably just wait another month for the next Razr to come out…. but since you’ve waited that long, you should probably just wait another month for the next Razr to come out….

      Seriously, get the G-Nex, you won’t be disappointed. 

      • Daniel Archibald33

         Actually the GNEX was a large disappointment for me. I went through 4 of them and now im on the Droid Razr. The Razr runs so much smoother and is quite a bit faster

        • will bartlett

          you didnt root or rom it did you?

        • r0lct

          I call shenanigans on faster/smoother.  You may like the phone better and I have no problem with that, personal preference of course.  But I have to help my coworker out with his Maxx all the time and there is no way it is faster/smoother.

        • Annamikk

          My G-Nex was a disappointment too, picked up the Razr Max and I love it going to sell the G-Nex.

          • well I bought a new one,then had 3 refurbished, which were even worse,but this one is a new one,so guess i’ll see soon ifs its better

      • up2bKrzy

         I own all 3 ( and many others ) and the Gnex is way over rated to say the least. 2 things it has going for it beautiful screen & unlocked which really is not a big deal anyways. these guys always figure out a way to get custom ROMs on Motos anyways. And an extended battery on a Gnex will NOT alwasy get you threw the day. Samsung has piss poor radios and battery life is ALL relative to the area and signal you get.

        • r0lct

          Please post a picture of all 3 next to each other because this post has all the hallmarks of the typical BS.

    • r0lct

      If you want to customize just go GNex.  If you really experience “awful” radio and other problems which I’ll admit aren’t totally fabricated but way overblown then just trade it on for a Maxx.  Shouldn’t take more than 7 – 10 days to see if you can live with the radio and battery life.

    • Chandler

      I am due for an upgrade and the battery of life of the Maxx is attractive but the screen is nothing special. I am going to wait a bit longer to see if the Droid Fighter becomes a reality,  looks like a Maxx with an HD screen. http://www.droid-life.com/2012/03/19/motorola-droid-fighter-makes-first-appearance-looks-like-a-razr-with-on-screen-soft-keys/

  • r0lct

    Motorola’s soon = before the end of time

  • Michael Forte

    “Soon” is used alot in Android terms and usually means the opposite.


    Moto probably leaked that build to see how easy root would be achieved on it…now that it WAS, I’m sure they will go back to the drawing board with it and see how they can potentially make it harder for us all. That’s what they do best.

    • Mike

       Because the root community can’t keep it in their pants long enough to wait for the real release. It’s like they want to help Motorola lock it down.

      • r0lct

        They root every leak and it’s never been a problem before.  Most times the final has the same exploit open.

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    • 19kram71

      or…..   maybe, just maybe, android could make it possible (without root) to install and use VPN software, such as Cisco’s AnyConnect client…   Don’t have apple, don’t like apple, but, at least the IOS does not require jailbreak to use the anyconnect client, one of the primary reason I was forced to root my razr…   stupid time…   but, I’ll still take android, and look forward to ICS…


  • LWA

    Just say something of substance. We aren’t talking about government secrets here for crying out loud!

  • Then I guess that means the htc Rezound wont be getting it on Friday either….eh…I guess I can wait a lil longer.

  • Joe Whitcomb

    What about my droid 3?

    • sit down…I have some bad news for you, son.

      • LOL


  • up2bKrzy

    Soon in Moto/VZW terms is not what the rest of us think. HIGHLY HIGHLY unlikely we’ll see ICS for the Maxx/Razr this month even is my guess. i’ve touched base with a few i know in the industry and the plan is by months end however they also said an issue was found with the build going around and needs to be fixed before submission to VZW as it would fail instantly and be kicked back. And keep in mind once VZW gets a build and does approve it normally its still about 3+ wks before an OTA gets pushed out. My bet is mid May at best before an offical ICS build is pushed out to the masses

    • r0lct

      If I recall correctly from the DX days it was weeks if not a couple months form the first leak of Froyo and GB until it got pushed out.

      • up2bKrzy

         that is absolutely correct. folks were posting way early the X would get GB and at the time I knew for certain it was not happening ( family work there back then). I called the approx day when it would hit which was 2 months later and it did release within about 4 days of what I commented on. normally once Google releases source to the mfgs its about 5-6 months before public will see a build. that said and if normal holds true we won’t see sqaut until next month sometime at best

        • Scott H

          No matter how long it takes, people will scream about it taking too long, and then once it’s released scream that they released it too soon and there are too many bugs.

          • RoadsterHD1

            SOOOOOOO True….. Nobody is EVER satisfied…..

    • bobo

      The only thing youve been in touch with is your schlong buddy, so settle down.

  • Daniel Archibald33

    “More details soon” usually means that we are still weeks out

  • Mark

    Still hoping that the soak test is what’s beginning today…. No way full ICS is out until after the soak test clears potential bugs. I’m guessing a week or so after if all goes well.

    • Droidzilla

      There is a soak test starting today, but I don’t know if it’s ICS, yet. I will know in a few minutes/hours . . .

      • Guest

        The release notes don’t say anything about ICS.  Just an update.

  • Dan

    Doesn’t sound like it’ll be today

  • tbaybe

    gotta love the moto hype 🙁