Droid RAZR ICS 6.16.211 tempts users before official update

By Alan Ng - Jun 19, 2012

Earlier this week we informed puzzled Droid RAZR owners that Verizon had sent out a text message saying that Android 4.0 is coming soon. It appears that the majority of you did not receive that message, but if you are running a rooted handset you may be interested to know that a new alternative is now out.

There’s still no official sign on how close Ice Cream Sandwich is to arriving in an official capacity. However, a new unofficial build of ICS has become available over at DroidRZR. Identified as 6.16.211, it will update your rooted handset to Android 4.0.4, which could be an indication that it’s close to or exactly the same build that Verizon and Motorola will be offering when they go live with an official update.

We’ve read through the feedback over at DroidRZR and the good news is that there doesn’t appear to be any major flaws with the new update. Several users have already installed this without any hitch, so if you don’t want to play Verizon’s frustrating waiting game – now may be a good time to jump aboard the unofficial train.

At the same time, it goes without saying that you should only attempt this if you know what you’re doing and have installed custom tools before on your handset. Installing this will also void whatever warranty or insurance you may have, so bear that in mind as well.

Life would be so much simpler if Verizon and Motorola just put out a joint statement saying that ICS will be arriving at the end of the week. There seems to be countless versions of these unofficial builds already in circulation and it must be frustrating for those who just want a bit of official support from their carrier and manufacturer, as promised when they first purchased the device last year.

It’s worth pointing out that this update also works on the Droid RAZR MAXX, as seen by the various screenshots through the link. If you are willing to try this out – let us know how you get on. Alternatively, let us know if you have received that mystery text message too or not.

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  • Been using it since it leaked.  No major issues, yet.

  • I’ve waited a long time for this stupid update. It better not be garbage. In fact, it better be able to wipe  my @$$ and not smell like $#!+