Motorola, Verizon Finally Release ICS Update for Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX

Certainly, cutting it too close on one’s promises isn’t the best way to make friends, but here’s a close shave that we’d most likely be willing to forgive. Verizon has officially announced that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Motorola’s Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX would finally start reaching owners on June 30, just barely making Motorola’s promised Q2 window for the firmware update.

Verizon PR representative Scott Charlston made the announcement over Twitter, and reactions indicate that Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners have indeed started getting their Ice Cream Sandwich updates starting midnight on the 30th.

It seems like a manual update is required to get Ice Cream Sandwich, but this operation should be easy: just go into the phone’s settings menu, hit “about” and “system settings,” and the Android 4.0 package should be there, ready for the downloading. Just remember to charge the phone beforehand, just to be safe.

The Verizon Twitter statement did say “beginning Saturday, June 30,” so it could indicate a phased roll-out of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Some blog posts have recommended that users do a factory data reset before applying the update to avoid install issues.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich includes a spate of new features, bug fixes and performance enhancements, while Motorola’s customizations to the operating system include user interface tweaks such as a new home screen.

This update should cement the popularity of Motorola’s Droid RAZR MAXX. It’s been catapulted to the top two of Verizon’s sales charts by virtue of LTE connectivity and its massive battery. With the Ice Cream Sandwich update, the smartphone just lost its biggest weakness, and as such, is set to be the best possible Droid available in the United States at present.