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Summary:

Verizon published the list of devices it plans to upgrade to Android 4.0, and all but one share a common feature: LTE. Verizon is likely trying to get more consumers on its LTE network as these phones will offer a better experience to new smartphone customers.

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Updated. Verizon Wireless published the list of devices it plans to upgrade to Android 4.0, and all but one share a common feature: LTE. Several tablets and many recent smartphones will all see the software update, which brings improvements in the software interface.

With the news, it’s clear that Verizon is trying to get more consumers on its LTE network as these phones will offer a better experience to new smartphone customers.

Here’s the complete list of devices that are scheduled to be updated, although Verizon hasn’t said if other devices will be added or when the upgrades will take place:

  • HTC ThunderBolt
  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Rezound
  • Motorola XOOM
  • DROID BIONIC
  • DROID RAZR
  • DROID RAZR™ MAXX™
  • DROID 4
  • DROID XYBOARD 8.2
  • DROID XYBOARD 10.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • Spectrum by LG

Unless I’m mistaken, only the HTC Rhyme is a 3G phone. (Update: Thanks to reader Ryan for pointing out that the Incredible 2 is also a 3G phone.) Regardless of new phone sales, this is good news for owners of the Motorola Xoom tablet, which was the first Android slate to arrive last year. The device was plagued by software issues and hardware upgrades, so people with a Xoom ought to be happy their device will get an upgrade to the latest and greatest version of Android.

  1. Ryan VanMiddlesworth Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    You’re mistaken – the Incredible 2 is not LTE. (I have it.)

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    1. Ah, thanks Ryan! I’ll update the post to reflect that two of these are non-LTE phones.

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  2. @Kevin,

    I think this is a smart move on Verizon’s part given the expected increase in data usage that Android 4.0 should deliver, and the spectral efficiencies of LTE. Verizon needs to get users onto its’ LTE network as that’s the best way to experience the benefits of LTE. “Faster speeds” only goes so far when people can watch video and game over 3G networks.

    I also don’t think any devices were sold with a future Android 4.0 update guaranteed, hence, a smart marketing move by Verizon.

    My $.02.

    Best…

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  3. Well now, I’m even more pleased that I decided to go with the HTC Incredible 2 (which I got for free via a Verizon promo), rather than wait for the Galaxy Nexus and shell out a lot of cash.

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