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Official Android 4.0 ICS Update for DROID Razr, Razr Maxx Now Available

Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx will get the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update after Motorola and Verizon pushed the packages for users to download. As always, Google’s newly-acquired company dedicated a page on its website citing the features this update brings as well as the step-by-step tutorial on how to update the devices successfully, although this comes as a downloadable PDF file. The roll out is expected to start today. These updates tend to happen in phases so it make take a little time, just be patient and check it later today if it’s not yet available for your device.

Originally, both Droid Razr smartphones came with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed, a stable version with limited features. For phones with a lot of potential, the ICS update actually arrived later than expected and Motorola didn’t care to explain the delay.

On top of tons of features offered by Android 4.0 ICS stock firmware, the packages intended for Motorola Droid Razr devices have added functionality. Here are a few of them worth mentioning;

Customizable Home Screen. Both Droid Razr and Razr Maxx owners would be able to enjoy their home screen more than ever using the new All Apps screen. It allows users to launch, add and move apps and widgets.

Webtop. This is never new to Motorola devices but with Android 4.0, this application has become even better. This time around, optimization with big screen is a lot easier from your phone plus there is improved email navigation. There is also a complete texting interface and above all, using Webtop would allow users to browse desktop version of websites.

Browser. The native browser now offers tabbed browsing while making load times shorter than before. The desktop mode option would also allow the browser to surf through desktop version websites.

Voice Input. If iPhone has Siri and Samsung has S-Voice, Motorola has Voice Input only that it couldn’t launch apps through voice commands. However, it is very useful in composing emails or texts as it is more accurate when it comes to pauses, punctuations and spelling.

Face Unlock. Rather than using a pattern or a PIN, ICS-operated Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx are capable of unlocking the phone through face recognition technology. It may not be new to both iOS and Android users but it is a good addition to the features these devices offer.

The update has already been pushed so if you are an owner of either one of these devices, you should be receiving notification about it. If not, it is better you initiate detection and update your device over the air. For more detailed information about the features of these devices, you may refer to the links below. The link to tutorial is also included.

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