Verizon Wireless confirmed that its Motorola Droid Razr, Razr Maxx, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, HTC ThunderBolt are among the many 4G LTE devices that will receive the Android 4.0 upgrade.
Wireless March 6 published a list of smartphones and tablets that will get the
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, upgrade this year,
with most of the devices designed to shuttle traffic for the carrier's 4G LTE
December 2010, Verizon's (Long-Term Evolution) LTE network promises to
facilitate data rates 10 times faster than that of its 3G predecessor.
Most of the 4G
LTE smartphones from the carrier have launched with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Android Honeycomb currently powers 4G LTE tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and
Motorola Droid Xyboard
Sandwich (ICS), which blends qualities of the Android smartphone and Honeycomb
tablet branches, launched first on Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Nexus last
additional devices with ICS have been scarce, mostly relegated to prototypes at
the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show two months ago, and devices such as the MIPS
low-cost Novo7 tablet.
Now Verizon has confirmed
that Samsung's Galaxy
Tab 10.1 and Tab 7.7 premium tablets will be getting ICS this year.
Xoom tablet, which is already getting ICS over the air, will be joined by the company's
Droid Bionic, Razr, Razr Maxx, Droid 4, and the Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2 slates.
Droid Incredible 2, HTC Rhyme and HTC Rezound will also get ICS. Finally, LG's
Spectrum smartphone will also get the ICS bump this year.
devices, only the Rhyme and Incredible 2 are not 4G LTE-capable.
OEMs all have their own upgrade timelines. Samsung and HTC have been cagey
about theirs, though Motorola posted its ICS upgrade schedule last month.
As eWEEK noted at
, most of the Motorola handsets and tablets won't receive
ICS until the third quarter this year.