Android smartphones on Verizon will soon receive an update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)). The software is the latest version of Google's mobile computing platform and features multitasking, richer sets of notifications, resizable widgets, new lock screen actions and enhanced text input and spell-checks.
A Verizon document appearing to be a roadmap that includes dates of forthcoming ICS updates has been leaked on Reddit.
The roadmap reveals the HTC Rezound is going through a testing phase and will be pushed on 9 May. Furthermore, Motorola's Droid Razr and Maxx models are also being tested and the updates should be available on 21 May.
However, updates for Motorola's Xoom 3G and 4G models have been put on hold, despite testing having been completed on 19 April. According to Droid Life, the "GOTA" mark means the update will be released pending further technical approval. Finally, the roadmap also shows that updates for the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.2 and Sony's Xperia Play are under testing.
According to the Verizon document, the HTC Rezound will be the first smartphone to receive the ICS update. The device flaunts a 4.3in Super LCD HD screen with HTC Sense 3.5 User Interface (UI). It boasts of an eight megapixel rear-facing camera which features auto-focus, dual LED flash, touch-focus, image stabilisation and instant capture. It offers support for video recording of 1080p, which enables stereo sound recording. In addition, it also has a two megapixel front-facing camera for video calling. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz Scorpion dual-core processor.
On the other hand, both the Motorola Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx are powered by a 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core CPU and TI OMAP 4430 chipset. The devices include PowerVR SGX540 GPU which adds support for powerful graphics. The Droid Razr Maxx has a Li-Ion 3300mAh standard battery, claimed as the most powerful of all available smartphones.