Verizon Wireless announced a new software upgrade, 6.16.217.XT894.Verizon.en.US, for the DROID 4
that is currently rolling out. The update includes an upgrade to the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and world roaming.
The update started earlier this week. Typically Verizon starts updates at very slow pace, in the beginning of the week and increases the OTA rollout starting on Thursday with the main push over the weekend.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich adds some features such as Android Beam, Face Unlock, a new UI and improved camera (see all features and video).
In general its always a good idea to backup your files before you start the update an have your Droid 4 at least 50% charged.
From the Home screen, tap the Menu Key > tap Settings > About phone > System updates > Download, then follow instructions.
It will take you approximately 30-60 minutes to download the software, depending on network conditions.
Once you download the software, the next step is to install it onto the device. Installation should take up to 15-20
additional minutes. Keep in mind that during the installation you will be unable to make or receive calls, including
emergency calls.Note: The size for this software upgrade is 364.1MB.
Also included in the update:
- Stability and Performance Improvements
- 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.Integration of new version of Backup Assistant Plus.
- Mobile IM has been removed.
- Color for Facebook application is preloaded.
- Verizon Remote Diagnostics - with the customer’s permission, allows support tech to remotely view the user’s device for device training, application demonstrations and troubleshooting.
- Improved stability and connectivity with Email.
- Successfully download and save ringtones.