Motorola Releases RAZR ICS Firmware to Select Users for Testing Purposes
We have arrived at a point in time where releasing new devices is not the biggest news in the Android worlds. The new king of attention of this relatively new world is the Android 4.0 ICS update. This particular update can take many shapes and sizes, it can be personalized by the manufacturer or left in the vanilla flavor of Google, but regardless of these aspects it always lands with a bang. It takes time to sell a new device which already has Android 4.0 ICS as its operating system, but the impact of the new OS is vastly improved if it is sent to the millions of devices already sold by any given manufacturer. This is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S II and it also the case of the Motorola RARZ and RAZR MAXX which have just received an ICS firmware for testing purposes.
Before jumping around and rushing to search for the official update we must warn you that the ICS firmware has only been released to a select number of users, for testing purposes. This means that if you are not part of the Motorola Feedback network and have not received the update yet, you are likely to wait for it a couple of weeks more. The update comes with the build version 6.14.75.XT912 and it is based upon Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. Fortunately, there is a very high chance that this update will be leaked and molded into custom ROM’s in the very near future, but as far as we can tell from the folks who already got it, it does have its share of bugs.
The updated ICS firmware was available for download for a short period of time, but it has since been pulled down due to some side loading issues. We do not know if Motorola will decide to put it up again but the safest bet is that it will use the OTA download mode where it can control who downloads it better.
As far as we can tell, the update has quite a lot of new features, and it comes with a new user interface called webtop UI. This is not the only change the update will bring to users of the Motorola RAZR and RAZR MAXX, as this interface is not an update of the older one, but a rework from the ground up. The ICS update will also come with changed to the radios of both devices, so we can expect a slightly better battery life among the ever present signal quality increase.
The only thing left for us to do now is to wait and see when Motorola will fix all the bugs present in this version of the ICS update and will decide to push it to all RAZR and RAZR MAXX users out there. Personally I hope that this will happen in the very near future, as Motorola still has some catching up to do in terms of ICS update with the competition represented by HTC and Samsung.