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Motorola Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX Tasted Ice Cream Sandwich

Verizon has made available the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola Droid RAZR and the Motorola RAZR MAXX a few days ahead of the impending launch of the next version of Android OS. The update is bound to impress the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX users at least until the new features of Android 4.1 or 5.0 Jellybean are revealed by Google at the I/O developers conference.

As with other Ice Cream Sandwich updates, it brings to the smartphones a new user interface that sports a new typeface and improved animations. Virtual buttons found in the System Bar allow for navigation towards Home, Back, and Recent Apps. The home screen folder and the app launcher have likewise been redesigned. In place of the Motorola launcher, the Ice Cream Sandwich update includes the stock launcher.

Widgets on the new OS are now resizable, which lets users decide how large or small they want them to be. As for the lock screen, users are now provided with functions that do not require unlocking in order to function. Calls may be responded to by a text message, which may be composed without answering the call first or even unlocking the screen. A swipe-to-dismiss function has furthermore been added to send away apps, browser tabs, and alerts.

The camera enhancements are quite noteworthy on Ice Cream Sandwich. Features worth mentioning include face detection, Live Effects, zero shutter lag exposure, stabilized zoom, panorama mode, and continuous focus. A refreshed Gallery app with an integrated photo editor complements these new functionalities. A new Ice Cream Sandwich browser is onboard thanks to the upgrade, but the Chrome Beta for Android is available as well. Other features include the NFC-based Android Beam, Face Unlock, and Wi-Fi Direct.

To sum up, the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX has pretty much the features of the stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which has been making its rounds on other devices. Still, users can enjoy these features until Verizon sends out the Jellybean upgrade perhaps next year or so.

via android central

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