18
Mar
2013-03-18_14h31_09

Verizon has very surprisingly been killing it lately with Jelly Bean updates for various devices. Today, the Droid 4 is joining the pack with an imminent upgrade to Android 4.1. The rollout hasn't begun just yet, but support docs have shown up on the carriers website indicating that the update will be 'Coming Soon.'

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Of course, the major benefits of Android 4.1 are obvious: access to Google Now (which can be updated directly from the Play Store after that), improved voice controls, expandable notifications, and voice transcription even when you don't have a data connection. Verizon has also improved connectivity with the mobile hotspot app and no longer includes Sling and MOG as preloaded applications, so you can remove those if you'd like. Just a reminder, though, that even for those pre-installed apps that can't be removed entirely, Google added the ability to disable them in Ice Cream Sandwich.

No word yet on when the OTA will begin, but at least we now know it's on its way.

Source: Verizon

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • onpoint G

    Hmm and what about my Droid 3...I kid I kid

  • Steve Green

    What a sad set of replacements the OG droid got. Everyone of them running blur and bootloader locked. Had moto stuck with what they started they might not be in this boat now.

    • Bojan Gutic

      I don't think it was Motorola's choice...

      • Steve Green

        Why could they not make a fitting replacement?
        It might not have been called Droid if it was not on verizon, but a high res(for the day) screen, slide out keyboard and top notch(for its day) SoC with stock android would have sold very well.

  • xsirxx

    What about the Photon Q which is essentially the Droid 5. Still hasnt gotten an update!

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Hopefully that's a good sign...hopefully the Bionic is next up :-)

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    Let's just say that it probably has little to do with Verizon, but has a lot to do with the new Motorola.

  • http://twitter.com/zachvossdesign zach voss

    Why do the screenshots have the onscreen navigation bar? Doesn't the D4 already have physical buttons?

  • Boilrmkr

    The reason Verizon approved this update is that it allowed them to lock out the wireless hotspot capability exploited by second party software programs. Now they have you by the gonads to pay $30 / month for their hotspot service. If anyone comes up with a way to remove this update let me know.

  • Josh

    My update just rolled in!