Not too long ago, Droid 4 owners could take part in a small soak test for a possible Jelly Bean update. Well, about a week later, it looks like Verizon is ready to push out that Jelly Bean update to the masses starting tomorrow, March 19th. The update will begin rolling out in phases, but it’s definitely good news for Droid 4 owners.
The update will contain the regular Jelly Bean goodness, including Project Butter and Google Now, but it’ll also feature a handful of device specific fixes and improvements, such as improved data connection and removal of some preloaded apps. No complaints there. So keep an eye out for that notification tomorrow, and let us know in the comments if your device gets the update.
Several Droid 4 owners who opted to try out for test software builds are receiving emails inviting them to try out an early preview of new software for their devices. The emails never explicitly said the update was Jelly Bean, but a thread has popped up in the Motorola forums with a friendly reminder to make sure IMEI numbers are correct on user accounts because the update was, in fact, Jelly Bean. While there’s still no official date for mass rollout, or even a change log for that matter, this is definitely good news for Droid 4 owners. While we know the device is slated for a Jelly Bean update, getting it sooner rather than later would be a nice surprise.
source: Motorola Forums
Last week we heard about a soak test ready to roll for the DROID 4 and it looks like it’s just about to hit because Verizon posted the full changelog. As expected, it’s the Ice Cream Sandwich update and we will probably see a full rollout by the end of the week assuming everything goes okay with the soak test. One other key highlight is that after this update, you will have full global roaming capability. The software version is 6.16.217.XT894.Verizon.en.US and the Android version is 4.0.4. Hit the break for more changes
Droid Life is reporting that a new software soak test is imminent for the Droid 4, which is assumed to be an ICS test build.
It looks like notifications will be sent out via the Motorola Feedback Network, so make sure you opt-in to be among the first to receive the update.
We’ll let you know when we find out exactly what’s in the update.
source: Droid Life
Verizon Wireless has finally let the cat out of the bag. After previously seeing a hint that some of its devices would be turned into global handsets, Big Red has gone out and confirmed well… some of its devices would be turned into global handsets. It mentions certain devices will receive special software updates which would allow them to connect to GSM networks outside of the U.S. The specific devices that have SIM cards and will receive the update are the HTC Rezound, Motorola DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4.
Once owners of those devices receive the update, it should be a fairly straightforward process to use your phone abroad. All you need to do is add on a global plan to your existing service and slap on the new SIM in your host country and you’re in business.
source: Verizon Wireless
We’ve already heard about Verizon converting certain 4G LTE devices, namely the LG Spectrum and DROID 4, to become global phones by enabling international radios embedded into these devices. The folks at Droid Life have sources that tell them there may be more devices with this hidden capability.
Check out the info sheet above for the HTC Rezound, which was previously rumored to have hidden global radios. It clearly shows a “global feature” that enables an additional 185 countries. The source also states that the DROID RAZR will be getting a new info sheet with this feature added, and according to the tipster, this is coming soon. Sounds like a cool bonus if you own or plan to own one of these handsets.
source: droid life
Oh boy— if you’re like me and an owner of a premium Motorola device released in the last 12 – 15 months, then this news is for you. Motorola has updated its ICS update timeline for select devices. Within the next month and some change, MOTO devices will begin receiving Android 4.0 with a (MOTO)BLUR topping, starting with the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX and the XOOM 3G/4G tablet. Other devices such as the DROID Bionic, DROID 4 and my smartphone– the OG Atrix 4G is set to get some love by Q3. The Photon is the last confirmed MOTO phone to receive the update and it will receive the update by Q4 of this year.
In some disappointing news, MOTO also confirmed the DROID X2 and DROID 3 which will remain on Android 2.3. This means unless you root and flash a custom ICS build on those devices, you won’t be tasting Android 4.0 glory. Such is life I guess.
Ah well, at least the rest of us MOTO owners have something to look forward to.
source: Motorola Support Forums
via: Droid Life
I can recall a few years back a gentlemen running a Blackberry Storm on T-Mobile’s network and I was like ??? But those were the days when global phones on Verizon’s network wasn’t as widespread as they are today. I quickly learned that the device was a global device and could be used to roam on GSM networks (dual-sim slot) outside of the U.S. Devices like that were important for businessmen and woman requiring a smartphone that could operate nearly everywhere they traveled. Well, global devices are becoming more of the norm on Verizon’s network and so it’s no surprise anymore to see a Verizon branded “Droid” on a GSM carrier like T-Mobile or AT&T. So what do you need to make it work? For starters, you’ll need a Motorola Droid 4, Bionic or Razr on Verizon and a few top notch guys from everyone’s famous and favorite site, XDA Developers. Because these devices support global GSM bands, a little bit of tinkering and few modifications, one can be all set to run on the GSM carrier of their choice. This is in part due to the fact that the device’s MDM6600 radio is compatible with AT&T’s HSPA technology and T-Mobile’s Edge network. User P3Droid even posted pics over on his Twitter page for proof (pics above and below). And while this might not be Verizon’s first choice as a means of using hardware ultimately designed to work on their network, tough stuff Vz, this is how Android users do it. The dev’s have been presented with some challenges due to the locked bootloaders issue, but you know XDA, they always come through.
Earlier today we told you about the pending update for the Droid Razr and Razr Maxx and apparently that isn’t the only Motorola device receiving an update soon. The Droid 4 is also scheduled to get an update and will mark the first official update for the device since its launch. The new build will bring the device up to build number 6.13.219 (not ICS) and includes the MotoCast widget, improved battery life, fixes for the keyboard backlight and Wi-Fi connectivity and the rest of the goodies you see in the image above.
The update should begin to roll out over the next week but if you are anything like me and you will take any opportunity you can to snag an update early I got some good news. Thankfully for folks like us, our pals over at Droid-Life managed to procure the signed update and have already placed it into a flashable zip for all to enjoy. You need NOT be rooted to use this update and the file is only a mere 18MB in size. For those who are not rooted but plan to do so in the future, flashing this update will not break any ability to do so. For those folks who are rooted, it is recommended to use Voodoo Rootkeeper in order to maintain root.
If you are all ready to get started, jump past the break for a download link and full installation instructions.
The original DROID will always be an icon when it comes to Android phones because so many earlier adopters of Android owned one. For me, it was the phone that brought me to Android, and I never looked back. The main feature of the DROID series has always been the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which was either loved or hated in the original. With each version, Motorola improved it. With the DROID 2, it was better keys, and with the DROID 3, we were blessed with 5 rows. Now the DROID 4 has laser cut edge lit keys that make it the best keyboard on a phone to date. 2 1/2 years later, the keyboard is still the main focal point, but what about the rest of the phone? This is my full review, but you can also check out my initial hands on video as well.