Many Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr MAXX handset owners have been patiently awaiting the release of Android’s version 4.0 of their operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). Best Buy earlier this month even gave a specific date as to when they were told by Verizon the Droid Razr MAXX will receive the yummy OS update. That date came and went, and the Droid Razr MAXX still does not have ICS as its operating system. Yesterday Motorola and Verizon both announced an upgrade to the existing Gingerbread operating system on the handset, and while it is not ICS, there are some nice improvements this upgrade delivers.
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You can expect multiple bug fixes and some other improvements, and even though the Motorola Droid Razr MAXX already delivers the longest talk time from a single battery charge of any 4G handset, battery life is going to get better still. Device stability and recognition of 4G wireless transmissions will be improved, there are other minor Wi-Fi improvements, the 4G LTE meter is much more accurate, and several new widgets have been added.
After announcing the new operating system upgrade, neither Verizon nor Motorola would comment on the possibility of an upcoming ICS release. The over the air Gingerbread update started yesterday, and should make its way to your handset soon without any action required on your part. However, if you would like to manually check for the update, log into your Droid Razr MAXX’s menu and check under Settings > About Phone. When you seen Build number 6.12.181 listed, the new operating system update has arrived.
Exclusive to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, the Motorola Droid Razr MAXX Android handset retails for $199 with a standard new two-year activation and data plan. The handset contains the same high-end features the Motorola Droid Razr delivers, but the 85% increase in battery size means that the 3,300 mAh cell delivers 21.5 hours of talk time from a single battery charge, easily the best offered by any 4G smartphone.
The Razr MAXX has a 4.30 inch display which provides 540 x 960 pixel resolution, and a layer of scratch resistant Gorilla Glass. A Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 microchip suite is the cornerstone of the hardware package on board, and contains a dual core 1.2 GHz Cortex A9 central processor and PowerVR SGX540 graphics chip. 1.0 GB of RAM memory and 16 GB of built-in storage round out the hardware profile. A 16 GB microSD card accompanies the handset, providing the Motorola Droid Razr MAXX with the most out-of-the-box, user accessible storage at 32 GB. A rear facing 8.0 megapixel camcorder captures video at 1080P HD resolution, and the front facing 1.3 megapixel chat cam also provides video call support. Buy the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx starting at $199.