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DROID 4 Users Find the Device’s First Official Ice Cream Sandwich Build in Testing

Were you worried after purchasing your DROID 4 that it may not see an Ice Cream Sandwich update for some time? You were not alone, however, today’s finding of an official Android 4.0.4 build for the device is great news. Pulled via “Cheesecake,” this comes straight from Motorola and is more than likely the newest test build available. Actually, this is the first ICS test build for the phone, but this at least lets us know that Moto is hard at work on getting the latest version of Android to the D4.

If you would like to upgrade to this on your DROID 4, you can, but know that this will likely take you off of the upgrade path and could leave you on it permanently. As many of you know, Motorola phones and leaked test builds don’t always play nice with previously leaked fastboot files. Trying to return to Gingerbread could result in a bricked phone. Voodoo RootKeeper is also reportedly not keeping root. Proceed with caution.

On a related note, we should point out that the DROID Bionic is now the last major Moto phone without a leaked official ICS build. We were told that it will receive it at some point, but with RAZR and D4 builds in the wild, I think it’s safe to say that the Bionic will not be first.

Via:  DroidForums

Cheers Jason!

  • Eiron Moore

    Quick comment for everybody thinking it will wipe their phone. I forgot to mention that your phone will not loose anything. It will boot back up looking the same as it did

  • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

    But does it have GSM enabled yet?

    • http://www.facebook.com/papergangsta25 Anthony Mathon

      the options are there under network so im wondering myself, it says global cdma only lte/cdma and gsm/umts
      I wonder if it still needs to be unlocked by verizon like Droid3

      • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

        Bionic doesn’t have a SIM lock for its GSM transceiver, but Bionic was never intended to be global.

        If the DROID4 indeed won’t require an unlock code, I guess I don’t have to wait for XT898. I wonder if someone with an “upgraded” DROID4 could check with an AT&T or T-Mobile (or any US MVNO) SIM.

  • Binglut9

    You guys complaining about not having .4 need to just root its so simple, bexause you know verizon loves to test so either way you will be waiting for each update

  • RoadsterHD1

    Bionic deserves more love than the D4 and the Razor

  • RoadsterHD1

    My son just got the ICS upgrade this morning on his Sensation.

  • Cory L

    DROID 3 user here… some quick research shows that there are just two differences between the D3 and the D4: the D4 has an additional LTE radio, and the D3 has an additional GSM radio (it’s a global phone). The two phones have nearly identical processors, GPUs, features (cameras, etc.).

    Are there no other global/non-LTE ICS phones out there? If there are, then I see no reason that the D3 should not be getting any ICS love.

    • Diablo81588

      The one and only reason is the lack of RAM. That’s why the D3 won’t get ICS.

      • Liang Li

        *ahem* … ‘excuse’, not ‘reason’. “One and only excuse” — because there are no others, at least to non-stockholders.

    • KewlDawg

      With the official ICS update, the D4 will become a Global Phone too. VZW has solved their LTE vs GSM incompatibility problem.

  • droidify

    What trips me out is that people for some reason actually expect OTA Voodoo Rootkeeper to keep their root when they flash a ROM. Does anyone else notice the OTA in the apps name?

    • SGMD84

      This isn’t a custom ROM. This is an official MotoBlur build from a Moto server.

      • droidify

        No shit, but it isn’t arriving via OTA therefore an over the air root keeper app isn’t going to work. If you have to manually flash it root keeper can not work.

        • SGMD1

          Actually it does work. If you click “restore root” via Voodoo OTA both before and after the update, you are able to maintain root…even though this isn’t an OTA update.

  • Bionic

    My upgrade is may of 2013 and im doubting I’ll have ICS by then.

  • Bionic

    I’m so sick of this shitt.

  • Mike_Cook7

    Seriously if the D4 gets 4.0.4 before my Gnex I am throw my phone at someone…

    • PyroHoltz

      I’d pay good money to see that.

      Sent from my D4

  • normmcgarry

    Are the Bionic and Droid 4 pretty different in terms of hardware? Curious if this leak could help the devs with video hardware acceleration and better data on the Bionic roms.

    • http://twitter.com/Tech_Jared Jared Fulgham

      I don’t think it’ll help much. The hardware acceleration problem is pretty well kernel related and since we have locked bootloaders, we cant swap the kernels (unless we get kexec ported to the Bionic and a kernel is made to work with it), thus making it very difficult to have any hardware acceleration without a leak. It’s lame, I know. That is the single worst thing about this phone.

  • Daniel Clifford

    Bionic users still have yet to get the Gingerbread update from the soak test invite 3 weeks ago….we wont get ICS until 2013.

    • Mack

      AOKP or CM9 my friend.

      • kixofmyg0t

        dont forget Gummy. Which I currently run.

  • Sam

    DO NOT INSTALL THIS. It will take you off the upgrade path and attempting to flash a Gingerbread fastboot file will result in a brick, just like what happened with the early RAZR ICS builds.

    I installed this last night and Voodoo OTA RootKeeper did NOT work. I then attempted to flash the 6.13.219 fastboot file which failed at 6/18 and now the phone is stuck in AP Fastboot mode. Luckily VZW is overnighting me a warranty replacement.

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

      Don’t get your phone warranty replaced because you screwed it up. That is the reason that we aren’t getting unlocked phones.

      • SGMD1

        Got my brand new warranty replacement less than 24 hours after bricking. Sorry!

    • DroidzFX

      You have not been doing this very long have you. If you would have just kept running the leak by the time official comes out some developer could have gotten you back on the right path.

      • Sam

        I didn’t want to go days/weeks/months without root access. Otherwise I would have happily stayed on this build.

    • bakdroid

      And this is why carriers hate rooters/ROMers. You don’t deserve a warranty replacement for being stupid.

  • IMNS

    The Droid 3 is the red-headed step child of Verizon..no love

    • Ivo Shandor

      you meant to say the Droid X2.

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

        If you look at the timing of when the DX2 came out I am not surprised it will not see ICS. Granted the phone is basically a XOOM tablet with smaller screen. Pretty sure it has less ram too but either way the DX2 is still a great device that was overlooked. I love my DX2. So much so in fact that I am thinking of adding it back onto my account since there is no 4G here and yet and Samsungs radios suck Gnex is worthless as a phone at this point compared to my DX2. Friend of mine has the Droid 3 as well and feels pretty shafted. Guess that time frame was a bad time to buy phones.

  • Mr. Magoo

    Bionic owners have got to be used to disappointment by now. I know I am. We always get the poop end of the stick. It could happen tho, so Ill remain optomistic.

  • Matt McBride

    So now it is looking like the Droid 4 could have 4.0.4 before Verizon Nexus users…Awesome.

    • MKader17

      Really, you are going to go there and try to create a sh*t storm of hate from both sides?

    • LiterofCola

      Cause this is a Nexus forum, right?

    • r0lct

      Right, same way all the RAZR phones are running .4 before the Nexus because of the leak. Oh wait…

  • http://twitter.com/BriCo84 Brian Cohen

    If anyone gets Root figured out post here….this is a big problem.

  • Raven

    Sweet, my wife just got to upgrade from a Droid 2 to a Droid 4 because the “touch” part of her touch screen quite working. So, I guess I will get to play with ICS on it eventually.

  • picaso86

    Where the official ICS for my RAZR MAXX Verizon??

    • LiterofCola

      Maybe Monday if the leak proves valid.

    • Verizon Rep

      As soon as Motorola has it ready we will push it out to all users.

      • Motorola Rep

        As soon as Verizon approves it we will let you know.

        • LiterofCola

          That was actually pretty funny.

          • picaso86

            Thanks for the laugh! :)

          • picaso86

            Thanks for the laugh! :)

          • picaso86

            Thanks for the laugh! :)

          • picaso86

            Thanks for the laugh! :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/5.second.minute Kit Tihonovich

          I see what the two (one) of you did there.
          And I like it.

        • BrianWenger

          …by the end of the year.

        • Jeff Tycz

          lol amazing

    • r0lct

      In Verizon update purgatory hanging out with the GNex .4 update.

  • LiterofCola

    Good news D4 users…not so much for Bionic peeps though.