Device manufacturers and network carriers have received a lot of flak for the slow rollout of the Android 4.0 update. For an OS that was announced almost a year back, it is quite sad to see that only 10% of the Android devices worldwide currently sport ICS. Even though the question of “When will I get Jellybean?” is on everyone’s mind, OEMs are slowly catching up with an OS rollout that should have happened a lot faster. It’s not like the technology infrastructure doesn’t exist to do such things; we’re talking about the mobile network of smartphones here!
Adhering to the axiom, “better late than never”, Motorola India is finally rolling out the Android 4.0 update for their flagship devices, the Motorola RAZR and RAZR MAXX. According to the Motorola release notes, the update introduces a host of new features and performance enhancements as expected, including:
- An updated look and feel
- Homescreen customization and navigation changes
- Changes to social networking
- Improved voice recognition
The update is a large download at somewhere between 200MB and 240MB, and will be available OTA (over-the-air). With such a big download, doing this operation over a WiFi network is recommended, because high 3G data charges may apply. The release notes do state that the update to ICS is optional and you will NOT be able to revert back to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Of course, why anyone would want to do so baffles me.
To ease the pain of the long wait for ICS, Motorola is also promising access to 9 EA Games for free. All you have to do is head over to the MOTOLOUNGE app on your phone, after the update of course, to get access to these games. You can find out more information about the various features and software changes introduced with Android 4.0 here.
What are your thoughts? How excited are you about the ICS update? If you own a RAZR or RAZR MAXX and have received an invitation to update already, let us know your experience in the comments section below.