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Confirmed: Ice Cream Sandwich Headed to the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Today

Verizon confirmed this morning that the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX will begin to receive their Ice Cream Sandwich updates starting June 22 (today). We first reported this as the rollout date a few days ago. One thing to keep in mind, is that many of you may not receive the update today at all. A lot of times, the initial go live date is for testers or small groups to make sure the update isn’t going to blow up a bunch of phones. Mass availability could and will likely happen a few days later. 

DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich; Global Ready

Two Motorola phones making the global jump to Android’s latest operating system.

The DROID RAZR and the DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola will be the first 4G LTE smartphones on the Verizon Wireless network to be Global Ready.

The upgrade, which will begin on June 22, will also upgrade all smartphones in the DROID RAZR family to the popular Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

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.

As a Global Ready device, customers with the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX will be able to have voice and data service in more than 220 countries, when subscribed to an international plan.

Additional information on the ICS upgrade can be found on the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola support page.

  • Fady Kamal

    and why am i not having the update yet !?

  • Cheese

    And still nothing…..

  • Cheese

    Still NO update…..

  • larz

    RAZR, y u no update?

  • Cheese

    Still no update on Tuesday

  • Samantha

    I have the razr and still haven’t received the ics update… Checking about phone and system updates in my settings and it says no update necessary at this time. Boo.

  • Cheese

    Still nothing here on my end as of Monday morning

  • Jocelyn8288

    Yeah same here..

  • Gungrave

    Anyone in Tampa, FL area have it yet? Still a no go for me :/

  • Jocelyn8288


    • So…buy a Razr Maxx. What’s not fair? They sell them to anyone who wants them.

  • Jocelyn8288

    I got the RAZR the day it came out. 11-11-11…. is there ANYWAY they will trade it for a Maxx? ? I am so mad I paid the full price ( well upgrade price 300.00 bucks plus sales tax) I FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN TAKEN! Now they say when I get ICS I can’t use cdma only! Don’t get me wrong I am very happy to be getting ice cream sandwich. Actually I’m ecstatic about getting ice cream sandwich but I deserve the razor maxx I paid full price can anybody help

    • I bought the original Razr flip phone in 2004. I deserve a brand new phone! I feel like I’ve been taken, too! (Geez, the sense of entitlement here is staggering. Sell your old phone on eBay and buy a new one if you made such a horrible buying decision)

  • NY1983

    Can someone who got the update confirm that there is no cdma only option. That would suck if you can’t disable 4g.

    • hushdrops

      Posted last night , LTE/ CDMA only. Or global or GMS

  • andy

    Nothing in Northwest PA

  • Heartless12

    In NY and woke up to nothing -__-

  • Emad Zia

    someone post the file, update.zip style!

  • Punkroyale

    So Cal here, two RAZRs…no updates yet…suckage.

  • Pegleg

    It arrived late last night !

  • MrToTo83

    Got my update at like 2 am. Love it!

  • gabe

    Btw i live in va roanoke area guys in case you’re wondering

  • gabe


  • Well? Come on. Feed back please.

  • I’m hoping I wake up to this update, been waiting so long, and flashing ROMs all over the place, Seeing as some people got it, I’m hoping i do soon enough. Hoping for a good morning later today!

  • hushdrops

    Major issue with the RAZR Maxx ICS update! You cannot disable 4G!
    The only network options are the default of Global, LTE/CDMA , GSM/UTMS!
    I’m sure there will be a hack but for now my wife’s Maxx will be stuck on 4G unless at home on wifi!
    I will not apply the update when it arrives on my work RAZR until cdma only is an option as the battery on the regular RAZR is toast in no time on my non Maxx / normal RAZR!

  • hushdrops

    Wife’s RAZR maxx is at 33% “downloading updates” , she didn’t even know it was updating. I checked it as this evening she showed me a message that ics would arrive by I think 6/27. The message I thought was malware push deal but definitely it was legit as is the update.
    My work RAZR hasn’t received the notice or update, no big deal though as I hardly use my work RAZR.. curio try it out though
    hers it now 38% complete on the download .
    if everyone isn’t getting it yet, this is the first time I’m seeing the update earlier than most. Strange to be on the early side for once.

    • mobiusb117

      Haha mine too. Gonna catch the file and upload for the world to bask in

      • hushdrops

        Funny thing is she hates my GNex & doesn’t want ICS.
        If anything I can do to help in the line of helping others as far asib

        • mobiusb117

          I just finished the download got some of it on film. On my RAZR. Will have a video on YouTube and coverage of mine going thru the process. Also the phone will get an email if she is part of the motor feedback team. Just fyi

          • hushdrops

            Installing now , at boot up , install screen. She’s asking already can I revert back before even seeing ics on her phone. I do t keep up with the moto stuff as my personal phone is a gnex , but the little I’ve seen the blur ICS seemed OK for blur anyway…
            my work RAZR won’t even check for updates (stuck on the check 4 updates not available deal).
            Man, I checked this site religiously for the GNex update that took months to arrive and definitely wasn’t one of the first to get it (no time to root), figures without even knowing it was arriving we’d get this update … , the one not worried about and she doesn’t even want… ha
            about 80% of install bar completed on her phone.
            I have feeling many will wake up to have the update later this morning…

          • mobiusb117

            I just my video uploaded. I got an email that that the official update for everyone is on the 27. So the whole community that us not part of of the moto feedback team will have to wait. The email I got though seemed a bit scary in my opinion. Regardless videos coming. Will post up the whole installation. Hope everyone enjoys the update.

    • hushdrops

      6.16.211.xt912 , date of build june sixteenth , that seems recent doesn’t it for major update? Build # 6.7.2-180_DHD-16_M4-32
      , base and ends in 9.11.00,

      The KEY is different on the lock screen, the settings shortcut at the cop af the status bar is kinda cool, wifeis using it now, camera still doesn’t use the flash when focusing in the dark which I hoped for her sake they ed address… tine for bed, hope everyone who wanted this gets it soon, I know how badly I wanted 4.0.4 on my gnex (yet still typing this is super slow after the update)…

  • mobiusb117

    I got the download now going on my YouTube channel. Drop an email on this comment and ill send you a link and message. Not kidding. Charles had his up but he’s part if the motor feed back and swears up and down he is going to get banned for sharing I’m not. Let the hunger games begin

    • hushdrops

      Definitely my wife didn’t participate in a moto feedback program …

    • hushdrops

      80% or so sits there a while! Then it goes thru completion quickly doesn’t it?
      Booting up post install now..

    • jim


  • bamaics

    12:38 AM… Notification popped up. Downloading now. 4% done. (Alabama)

  • trekker670

    I got the standard notice about 6 hours ago and I just got the invite to actually download it. It’s in progress now.

  • Rezound? 🙁

  • Has anyone here even received the update yet? I haven’t.

    • hushdrops

      My wife’s maxx received a notice this afternoon,i checked this site to see what was up , checked her phone and now 23% complete downloading the update (keeps suspending it seems , now on wifi , seems to be downloading nonstop now). My work RAZR hasn’t received the notice , nothing…
      writing this on my my stock gnexus which is crawling while typing this, even in portrait mode, hope raxr runs icsbetter

  • sport

    Whole lotta nothing goin on.

  • Android1997

    It says my device is up to date but im still on GB. And i havent gotten the next week notice either

  • Just used Matt’s Utility 1.7 to get on .211…..I’m not even rooted, either

    • granted, it’s the leaked file, but it’s literally the EXACT same file as the OTA

      • Lord_Vader1941

        Does that throw you off the OTA path though?

        • rzr

          Nope. Since it is the exact same file

  • HuskerHog

    I received my update noticed and cleared it accidentally. It days my system is up to date. How do I upgrade now? Please help me!

    • evltwn

      That was just telling you that you will be getting the update later in the week. Seems like everyone is getting those.

      • HuskerHog

        No. This was the pop window that would allow me to begin the download. this was for the soak test.

  • tahdiddy

    The notification for the upgrade came through my phone and my battery died before I could do it but now the notification is gone and when I go to system updates it said no upgrade available. anybody know what I can do?

    • maels7rom

      I hit the accept but nothing happened!!!

  • dlokey22

    Does anyone know if the maxx can be unlocked to use local sim card in foriegn countries?

  • davetheAndroid

    Currently 4:30 pm pacific time. Cmon Verizon, drop it already! I want an Ice Cream Sandwich to go with my Angels vs. Dodgers game. In fact, I was torn in wearing my ICS Droid-life shirt or my Angels shirt. Two good things that will go good together. Happy Friday everyone.

  • Justin

    I just got an notification on my phone saying that I will be receiving an update to ICS 4.0 later on this week!!!!! Looks like its not going to be today 🙁 Hopefully I’ll have it by monday:-)

  • ryan f

    I pick up my phone, I see an icon i’ve never seen in the notification bar before. I pull down is says SW Update!!!! …. then it tells me within a week the phone will be updated :/ … I’m just going out to the bar. Hopefully someone has an ota update.zip posted soon.

  • MrToTo83

    I want it now! Just got a message on my phone from motorola saying I will get it within the next week. Anyone else get that yet?

    • Justin

      yup got the same notification message on my phone

  • Sean

    I know its exciting to get the update…. But does anyone else have the little feeling of depression right now because of the wait? I love my razr but just can’t handle the poor battery life. Not sure how much better it will be…. But I already ordered the SG3. Ive ready had people make me offers of close to $300 bucks for my Razr. I guess I should be thanking verizon for doing away with unlimited plans. I guess I will have some fun with my Razr for the next few weeks and then someone else can share in the joy minus the wait that I had. Thanks for the fun Razr….now bring on the SG3!!!

    • guttatae

      Same exact thing I’m doing

      • mikel61101

        Only thing I’ll replace my maxx with is the the HD.

        • tvjrc603

          Agreed – although I have to admit, that HTC XXL has me slightly intrigued. The screen might be way overkill, but if it has a quad-core and LTE on verizon…that would be something to think about.

  • Haven’t seen it yet. 🙁

    • mikel61101

      me either……. 🙁 ( . )( . ) Hope that makes ya feel a little better… lol

      • HotwingCindy

        These are better ( • Y • )

  • mecevans

    ????? Does OTA Rootkeeper work ??????

  • Jon Wright

    If it only had NFC! Oh well.

  • robert

    Anyone know if the ICS update will allow you to disable bloatware like the GNex can. I sure hope so. Can already see like 10+ apps that will get disabled soon as I get the update

    • I believe I saw that in Motorola’s videos that Yes, you can disable.

      I am still gonna just remove them after rooting though…it makes me feel better knowing its off the phone completely.

  • JermaineFerrell

    Im still trying to wrap my head around the fact that it took Motorola 7 months to produce a near stock ICS. Really???? 7 months??? Everyone has ICS, Samsung has a heavily integrated Tounch Whiz version, HTC has had it for months now and the least skin intrusive version has taken the longest. Inexcusable and downright ridiculous. They barely made their own imposed deadline of 7 months. 7 months. WOW! I wonder how many of us would of bought a Nexus if we new it would take 7 months for a near stock ICS experience.

    • Wow, man, take a deep breath. Let me address some of this for you.

      First, the reason it takes so long is not because of MotoBlur. That takes SOME of the time, the rest was spent getting ICS to work without a problem on the RAZR hardware (Samsung had access to ICS way before Motorola, so their hardware was ready for it).

      Next, this is not stock ICS, there are a number of additions (worthwhile in my opinion). And if you ask most users, they prefer the minor changes, over Moto Blur completely changing the experience. So that is a good thing my friend.

      Additionally, other than 1 or 2 phones, my understanding is this is the first major verizon phone to receive the ICS update….so what are you talking about? Motorola was first to get the big boys updated.

      I suggest you look at some of the previous DL postings on the ICS updates and look at the videos Motorola made outlining the changes they put in to it.

      Now go take a cold shower dude.

      • JermaineFerrell

        First, My comment isn’t carrier specific. Samsung and HTC both have had it for months and their versions I assure you are less stock like and Heavily skinned that blur. Motorola’s is the least skinned and has the most stock-like experience with a FEW additions here and there. 7 months in my opinion is way too long when at least two other carriers ALEADY have it out and theirs are more involved. No excuses– 7 months really, can anyone defend that? Motorola is the last of the major Android players to upgrade with the least amount to do.

        • What HTC phone has been upgraded to ICS? What Samsung phone besides SII on tmobile has been upgraded?

          • JermaineFerrell

            I never said HTC upgraded a phone to ICS. And why do you need more than one phone upgraded to ics to have my point made. One phone upgraded thats been out longer than the razr is ridiculous. Im beginning to think Im talking to a motorola rep. I remember reading on here that the Galaxy Nexus had to wait 5 months for an upgrade (less than the razr) and people were going berserk-And that phone had ICS already. So please sympathize with my venting as many of you did to the Galaxy Nexus people who already had ICS but still clamored for an update.

          • Not a Motorola rep dude….not sure where you got that from. This is a site mostly dedicated to Verizon Droids, and originally Motorola Droids. So yes, there are a lot of Motorola fans on this site. Me being one of them (OG Droid, Droid 2, Droid 3, now Droid 4).

            Remember reading on here the Nexus had to wait? If you are an avid Droid-Life reader you wouldn’t have to remember, it was posted every other day (Gnex users complaining). Sounds kind of like you just came on here to complain. If you have read the articles over the months on this site about ICS and the update paths you would realize EVERYONE is behind and Motorola is not some exception.

            Other than the Galaxy Nexus, ICS has not been available as an official update on any phone until VERY recently. The RAZR/MAXX is the first major device to go from GB to ICS.

            All that being said, i think we can all agree we hope the process is adjusted moving forward for Jelly Bean and other OSs, so consumers don’t have to wait 6 – 9 months for an update (supposedly there should be 5 Jelly Bean phones out at launch, but we’ll see)

            I recommend you read a few back articles on this site. It will explain a lot about the update process the manufacturers go through.

        • yellowcanary73

          I had the G/N I waited 6 months for it to be fixed and it had ICS traded it in 3 weeks ago for Maxx and i can say i’m so happy and now I will be getting ICS on my Maxx and great battery life.

          • Former GNex Owner

            Did the exact same thing. Got my MAXX a few days ago. Still getting used to the screen, but I really like everything else about it!

    • If you weren’t willing to wait 7months from the announcement of ICS then yes you should have gotten the nexus. If you buy a non nexus phone you should expect to wait, nothing in any companies history has shown that you will get an update in a “timely fashion”.

      and another way to look at it is this is only 4weeks after the VZW nexus recieved 4.0.4

      • JermaineFerrell

        Lets pretend for a minute that Motorola didn’t lead us to believe when the phone was introduced that ICS wasn’t right around the corner. Then maybe it would be easier to stomach. Unfortunately, they are the Last of the major android players to upgrade and technically, we still don’t have it yet. If RAZR is your flagship phone, get with the program and not let 7 months go by. Jelly Bean is soon to be introduced. I mean cmon.

        • Why do you keep saying they are the last of the major android players to upgrade? What other carriers have updated their phones yet besides Samsung (and to my recollection they have only updated the SII on tmbobile)?

          • JermaineFerrell

            You keep saying carriers–I’m not talking about carriers–only phone manufacturers. HTC has Droid Incredible 4g, HTC ONE series, granted its not an upgrade but they have a few phones out right now already with htc sense (thick skin) intertwined with ics. Then you have the Galaxy S 2 a phone 6 months older than the Razr–A year old— and already received the upgrade. Lets not play stupid, you know exactly what I’m talking about, HTC, Samsung have thicker skins and dramatcally more work to do to mix their skin with ics and yet its done. Motorola, is usually the best at keeping up, but they have no new devices out with ICS and is late to the party with ICS for the RAZR. You flagship device should be upgraded faster than 7 months Im sorry. Especially when you promised soon, which turned out to be later. And your skin is the least intrusive on ICS. No Excuses for Motorola, unless you work for them.

          • I definitely don’t work for Motorola, not sure why you would think that since any reasonable person can point out the same things I did. I have a Droid 4 however, and while I have been patiently waiting for ICS I am not complaining because I knew when I bought it would be awhile for ICS. If you want ICS right away you should get the nexus. I chose to go with Motorola for build quality and better radios, and more importantly, they are the only ones who made a decent 4g phone with a physical keyboard.

            On this issue though I think you are way off. Motorola is not behind the other carriers. the Incredible 4g hasn’t even launched and they ONE series JUST came out. So it seems they are on the same pace as Motorola.

            Nobody is saying they are happy about waiting for ICS, but I think Motorola is on pace with the other major manufactures.

          • evltwn

            Actually the HTC Sensation was the 1st GB phone to get updated to ICS. Just so you know. http://an.droid-life.com/2012/05/16/confirmed-ics-rolling-out-to-sensation-4g-users-now-amaze-4g-to-receive-update-may-21/

  • Hmmmmm, wish i knew of