Droid 4

A couple weeks back we saw the Motorola Droid 4 in the midst of it's soak test procedure for Ice Cream Sandwich, and today it appears that the update is pushing, at least for a few. Officially, the support page lists the update as "coming soon", but we've gotten a report or two that it's already inbound. We'll go over the changes in a bit, but it's worth mentioning that the build of Blur (or not Blur) has been updated to the same version we saw in the RAZR's Ice Cream Sandwich update. We like it when things get refined, so we're not complaining, but if you get a bit lost with the new look and feel hit the forums for some help. Moving on to the details --

  • Device is enabled for Global Roaming.
  • Integration of new version of  Backup Assistant Plus.
  • Mobile IM has been removed.
  • Color for Facebook application is preloaded.
  • Enhanced Customer Support with Verizon Remote Diagnostics.
  • Improved Stability and connectivity with Email.
  • Successfully download and save ringtones.
  • Mobile Hotspot – Improved connectivity.
  • Reduced device resets and power cycling.
  • Camera quality has been improved for better pictures.
  • Improved My Gallery performance.
  • Voice Mail Notification shows the correct of unread messages.
  • Updated Mobile Hotspots Icon.
  • Visual Voice Mail shortcut on home screen changed to a standard voicemail shortcut.
  • Clear Contact pictures are displayed for phonebook contacts.

The version number is now 6.16.217.XT894.Verizon.en.US, and the update checks in at about in at 360MB. We're not sure how widespread the rollout is just yet, but to check if you have it ready and waiting hit the settings and look in About phone > system update. When you see it, be sure to sound off and let folks know how it went for you. Hit the source link below for the full details as well as detailed update instructions.

Source: Verizon Support. Thanks, TimR!


Reader comments

Motorola Droid 4 ICS update pushing out, brings global roaming and remote diagnostics


Haven't seen the OTA on my gf's phone yet... is there anything that one can do to "force" the update to start?

Got the update this afternoon and I am now enjoying ice cream sandwich goodness on my Droid 4. The UI is identical to ICS on my Razr.

I got a message that there was a software upgrade available and would I like to download it. Ten minutes latter it was installed on my phone. Be patient I think it is being pushed out as we speak.

ICS downloaded 2 hrs ago. Took awhile to complete. Smooth interface, have not tested camera function. May have a small problem with the weatherbug app.
The update is intuitive and "Professional" looking. Good job and thank you VZ.

Ozarks of Missouri

With Motorola phones you can only check updates once Every 24 hrs so you can wait or change the date and time ahead to try to force it but that does not always work. In my case i just installed it when the notification appeared on my screen.