According to HTC, the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Rezound is available today. Verizon hasn’t mentioned it yet and no reader of ours has reportedly received it, so we are as confused as you probably are. For what it’s worth, their support page has all of the dirty details on it which we have pasted for you below. For those that have been following along in the ICS-Rezound saga, the build referenced is the same one that leaked last week. (more…)
Thanks to Verizon’s Summer Sale, customers who sign up for a new two year agreement can get the HTC Rezound for a mere $80. Originally ringing up for $199, the promo is for $120 off, which is a crazy good deal. With the device receiving tons of love from developers and the community lately thanks to its unlockable bootloader, the Rezound is sure to treat any owner properly.
Another Ice Cream Sandwich build has leaked for the HTC Rezound, this time as version 3.14.605.10. It appears to be a minimal update over the last one (fixes SMS issue, data widget, and removes caller ID app), which is a good sign, as that likely means they are getting closer to it being a finished product. HTC told us to expect it in either June or July of this year, so when we see minor tweaks and no new radios, we start to get excited. The file and instructions for flashing can be found at the source link.
While supplies last, Amazon Wireless is hosting a deal on a few of Verizon’s more popular smart devices. When signing up on a new two-year agreement, you can score the DROID 4 for just one cent, the Rezound for a not-so-bad $50, and the DROID RAZR MAXX for an even $150. Now that we know these phones are definitely receiving some Ice Cream Sandwich love sometime this year, buying these phones on contract shouldn’t seem all that scary.
HTC posted a timeline for Ice Cream Sandwich rollouts some time over the last few days on their support pages and it includes more details than we have seen to date. The HTC Rezound and Rhyme will see Android 4.0 in either June or July, Thunderbolt in July or August, and the Incredible 2 is now up-in-the-air as to whether or not it will see it. Previously, the Incredible 2 was listed as a device on the upgrade list, so this is a new development. If you own one of HTC’s tablets, you are stuck on Honeycomb. (more…)
Stemming from yesterday’s report that Verizon does indeed have plans this summer to update the RAZR and RAZR MAXX, Rezound, and the DROID 4 to feature global capabilities, a reader running newly leaked Ice Cream Sandwich firmware on the RAZR has basically proved just that. From what we gather, when the device receives the official ICS OTA, it will bring along the global features. When exactly can we expect it? Well, according to Motorola’s update timeline, we’re looking at a very vague “Q2 of 2012.”
We first reported this news on Friday, but Verizon has confirmed today that the DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX, HTC Rezound, and DROID 4 will all receive updates this summer to bring them global roaming capabilities. After the update is released, all 4 of these devices will have voice service in more than 220 countries and data in more than 205:
This summer, Verizon Wireless will be updating the following 4G LTE smartphones for global use.
DROID RAZR by Motorola
DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola
DROID 4 by Motorola
Customers will see a notification on their device when the software update is available for their device. After the software update, customers will be able to take their smartphone overseas and use voice service in more than 220 countries and receive data in more than 205 countries.
No time frame other than “summer” was given, but with Ice Cream Sandwich updates on the way to all of the devices listed, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was included with them. Plus, now that stores have been asked to print new display lists that reference these new global features, it can’t be long.
Back at CES, Verizon told us that select 4G LTE devices like the LG Spectrum and DROID 4 would eventually become “global” phones thanks to international radios embedded deep inside. According to our sources, there may be more than just those two devices and the change to make them global could be happening very soon. As you can see in the info sheet for the HTC Rezound that is on display, it has a new “global feature” on the way that will give it access to use in an additional 185 countries. They aren’t stopping there though, as stores are being told to print out new info sheets for the RAZR and DROID 4 as well that include similar notes for global features.
Your LTE smartphone will soon be a world traveler.