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DROID 4 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Approved by Verizon, Here is the Full Change List

Verizon has approved the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the DROID 4 this morning. A soak test for the update was announced last week, but we have yet to hear if it actually rolled out to any participants. What we do know, is that when Big Red approves something like this, it usually starts to appear on devices within a week.

Aside from the benefits that come with Android 4.0, you will notice better quality pictures, improved gallery performance, global roaming capabilities, less force closes and restarts, and Verizon’s Remote Diagnostics tool.

Update:  The soak test for the device is arriving today. Assuming that goes well, it should be only a matter of days before the public gets it.

The build number is 6.16.217. The Android version is 4.0.4. The update is 364MB in size. A full change list is below.

 

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  • upset

    this upgrade is trash.i never had any issues until now.phone cuts off,charge not as long,apps and home screen get stuck more.i want the old software back or a new phone that doesn’t have the icecream software

  • JohnSP

    I have a Driod 4 and was perfectly happy with GB until the ICS upgrade happened without warning that it was a complete and untested “makeover” with apparently no real user hands-on review. Now the phone is almost worthless to the point that it will shortly go into the toilet and I’ll switch to Apple or go back to a non-SmartPhone. Problems below continue after multiple visits to Verizon where I completely went thorugh the reload/reboot procedure several time with no change in performance.
    While this isn’t directly a Motorola or Verizon problem – it belongs 90% to Google/Android – it is Moto/Verizon’s for the other 10% for not doing their own independent testing and evaluation before allowing this disastrous upgrade to go through their shops. Anyone out there looking at a class action, count me in!
    After venting at Verizon, I spent most of a morning on the phone with Motorola and managed to get things escalated to Level 3. Bottom line in my opinion is that the ICS programmers sat in a back room and vomited out all of these great and new features without any input from the real world nor, it appears, much actual testing!

    My short list in summary:

    0) Couple of keystroke access to my contact list has now at least tripled to get to the same information.

    1) Can no longer delete individual texts from a string between me and the same sender, so once I reach 1000 msgs, I’m going to loose important info from oldest msgs.

    2) The new clock setting feature in “Alarm & Timer” and “Calendar” apps sucks. It is taking me 5 times as long to ‘spin the little wheels’ to set an alarm or calendar time, and I’m sure I won’t be able to do it at all in cold weather when I’m wearing gloves; there is no way to just type in the desired time from the keyboard.

    3) When doing a contact search on the phone dialer, the first character I type in is ignored 100% of the time, and subsequent characters are randomly ignored.

    4) Almost every apps on my home page randomly activates or (more often) locks up, requiring that I power down the phone and repower it to unlock the screen, probably also resulting in Problem #5 and #7 below.

    5) Power consumption has skyrocketed… lucky to get 4 hours on a charge now.

    6) It reinstalled a bunch of apps that I had deleted (all of the social media ones – Facebook, in particular Google, Twitter, etc – that can’t be hard-isolated from stealing info from other lists on my phone as they can on the Blackberry platform); I don’t want any of my personal information shared!

    7) Appears a bunch of options all are “on” by default, probably contributing to the power consumption problem. Every time I start the phone from power-down, I have to go in and turn a bunch of things back off.

    8) Phone randomly calling out in the background, and notification/ring volume settings change on their own. If these random calls start hitting 911 centers, that will be a BIG problem for Android from the FCC and state PUCs!

    After venting at Verizon, I spent most of a morning on the phone with Motorola and managed to get things escalated to Level 3. Bottom line in my opinion is that the ICS programmers sat in a back room and vomited out all of these great and new features without any input from the real world nor, it appears, much actual testing!

    My short list in summary:

    0) Couple of keystroke access to my contact list has now at least tripled to get to the same information.

    1) Can no longer delete individual texts from a string between me and the same sender, so once I reach 1000 msgs, I’m going to loose important info from oldest msgs.

    2) The new clock setting feature in “Alarm & Timer” and “Calendar” apps sucks. It is taking me 5 times as long to ‘spin the little wheels’ to set an alarm or calendar time, and I’m sure I won’t be able to do it at all in cold weather when I’m wearing gloves; there is no way to just type in the desired time from the keyboard.

    3) When doing a contact search on the phone dialer, the first character I type in is ignored 100% of the time, and subsequent characters are randomly ignored.

    4) Almost every apps on my home page randomly activates or (more often) locks up, requiring that I power down the phone and repower it to unlock the screen, probably also resulting in Problem #5 and #7 below.

    5) Power consumption has skyrocketed… lucky to get 4 hours on a charge now.

    6) It reinstalled a bunch of apps that I had deleted (all of the social media ones – Facebook, in particular Google, Twitter, etc – that can’t be hard-isolated from stealing info from other lists on my phone as they can on the Blackberry platform); I don’t want any of my personal information shared!

    7) Appears a bunch of options all are “on” by default, probably contributing to the power consumption problem. Every time I start the phone from power-down, I have to go in and turn a bunch of things back off.

    8) Phone randomly calling out in the background, and notification/ring volume settings change on their own. If these random calls start hitting 911 centers, that will be a BIG problem for Android from the FCC and state PUCs!

    9) When using the dialer page, as soon as I get it close to my face to talk it begins randomly dialing, meaning that the only way I can use – for example on a conference call where I need to often mute/unmute – is to put it in speakerphone mode.

    10) My Line2 VoIp app user interface freezes on every call and I have to repower the phone to unlock anty of the buttons so I can use them.

    I just want my old phone back!

  • Snail owner

    My Moto Droid 4 is officially now a snail. It worked great before the update, now everything takes twice as long to load. Pathetic. They should of named it scrambled eggs cause thats what’s happened to my phone. This should of been released as a downgrade not an update. Thanks for nothing.

  • Zeb’s

    For almost a week my phone says “Download suspended. Will resume shortly” oh my god!! ICS will never get here fast enough!

  • Kelly

    Hay everyone I just downloaded the ice cream 4.0 on my phone and I like it so far,I had the gingerbread one and it was fine but this is something Iam going 2 have 2 get used 2

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HOVBH4RX4F2JXN5WMLH7UYMYSU Yello

    Confirmed that if you clear the app data, the update will start. Tried the update, got the response up to date, cleared the app data now downloading the update