October 30, 2014

A quick review of Android 4.0.4 ICS on the Droid RAZR MAXX

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Android 4.0.4 is finally rolling out to the Verizon Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX, and we got our hands on it. The update will make these 2 popular Droid phones up to date, at least until we see the next version of Android released at Google I/O.

First things first, the lockscreen has been revamped to reflect the ICS lockscreen, which gives you multiple apps to unlock to: phone, text, and camera. Once unlocked, you’ll notice a surprisingly stock Android ICS experience, with what we see as minimal intervention from Motorola’s UI overlay. The app menu is stock ICS and not Motoblur, meaning you get your sideways-scrolling list of apps, followed by a section completely dedicated to widgets. If you want to bring said widgets to one of your 5 customizable homescreens, simply tap and hold, and drag to your desired page. We also get the often-desired, rarely used (for this editor) face unlock, along with a new browser (stock for ICS) with all the standard options.

This update, I’m sure, will prove to be great for MAXX and RAZR users alike. Motoblur always had a tendancy to leave me feeling bogged down, and it looks like Motorola took the hint on this. The mostly-stock ICS experience makes the phone feel faster and like it’s able to do more than it did previously.

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