Yesterday, we saw Verizon clear up a few things about upcoming updates for some of its Android lineup that would bring these CDMA phones the ability to roam globally on GSM-based networks. All told, the carrier committed to getting this feature out to the Droid 4, RAZR, RAZR Maxx, and Rezound sometime over the summer. Today we get a hint of just how this roaming might arrive, thanks to a recently-leaked ICS ROM for the Droid RAZR.
While it’s not clear exactly what software build we’re looking at here, the takeaway seems to be that the update that will enable global roaming will likely be the phone’s ICS update itself. This makes a lot of sense, as Motorola’s indicated that the phone’s Android 4.0 update is just around the corner, and should be here before we hit July.
Right now, the Droid 4 is on-track for getting its ICS sometime in Q3, and HTC’s Rezound should see its update land starting in June or July. Considering how these windows overlap with when Verizon has said the phones will get global roaming, it’s not too much of a stretch to wonder if they’ll all see the feature arrive as part of their Ice Cream Sandwich packages. Of course, adding in extra features only makes it more likely that something could go wrong and cause new delays, but considering how long this has all been in the works, we’re cautiously optimistic.