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29 May 12 Motorola Android 4.0 ICS software demoed

It appears that Motorola is just about ready to bring on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for their Google mobile OS-toting line of smartphones starting with the DROID RAZR. This is evidenced by a set of videos showing off the software running on a faux display from the device with several upgrades that’ll make your old software look like a child in comparison. Each of these videos can be viewed below while the actual update will not be released until a later date.

This update has been long awaited by those DROID-loving folks who have been seeing this newest Android version popping up on the rest of the top-tier devices for some time now. What you’ll see here is Motorola’s version of Android 4.0, complete with their own set of icons, screen transitions, and applications, but with many of the Ice Cream Sandwich perks you know and love. This will be the basic build for Android 4.0 ICS that all Motorola devices will have (if they’re compatible) in the near future.

NOTE: Check out our Motorola DROID RAZR review if you don’t already own this hardcore piece of metal, plastic, and LTE.

Have a peek at three videos – the above being the main Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich interface walk-through, and below being the camera application.

Above again is the camera application demonstration while below will show you the brand new lock-screen, amongst the most interesting lockscreens yet produced in the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich environment.

This update will be coming to your device soon. Meanwhile have a peek at our recent history with the RAZR to see what else has been going on with your Motorola hero smartphone – stay thin!

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28 May 12 Motorola Videos Show Android 4.0 on Droid RAZR

Mobile phone maker Motorola’s update of the Droid RAZR to the Android 4.0 operating system appears to be on the way.

New official videos posted on the company’s Japanese website show the OS running on the handset. Spotted by Droid Life, several videos — some in Japanese –show off new features in Motorola’s custom version of Ice Cream Sandwich.

For instance, shortcuts for text messaging and the phone dialer have been added to the lock screen, so instead of unlocking the phone and then looking around for one of those functions, they’re right there; on stock ICS only the camera and unlock are available in this way.

You’ll also appreciate the way ICS lets you access your music controls directly from the lock screen when music is playing.

And if you’ve ever wanted to capture what you’re looking at on your phone’s screen, ICS makes it simple. Taking a screen shot is only a matter of pressing the down volume and power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. The phone shows you a quick version of the image it snapped, then saves it to your gallery where you can store it or share with others.

The video lineup also includes one that shows off how Webtop 3.0 works. It’s an application that allows you to hook the phone up to an HDTV or monitor with an HDMI cable. Once the phone detects it’s connected to an external display it launches the Webtop app which lets you see all your apps on the bigger screen and access a full version of the Firefox browser.

Webtop came onto the scene back at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show when Motorola announced the Atrix smartphone and the “Lapdock” that made it act like a laptop computer. This was huge news because Motorola had somehow beat Microsoft and Apple in creating a converged smartphone-PC device. As CNET’s Jason Hiner aptly points out, now that Google owns Motorola the two companies are in a great spot.

“The success of Android has established Google as a key player in mobile computing devices, and once consumers and business users start looking to consolidate their many devices, Webtop could make Google the company that’s best positioned to make that consolidation possible,” he writes.

For the record, Motorola has said it will roll out ICS to Droid RAZR users in the second quarter, so that means anytime now.

Although it’s in Japanese, if you can’t wait to see how Android 4.0 looks on your RAZR, here’s video that will give you a glimpse.

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