Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX Getting Software Updates!

Software updates are raining in for Android handsets. After the Atrix 2, Samsung Infuse 4G and the LG Optimus 3D, its now the turn of the Motorola’s Verizon Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX to receive a software update. And No, its not the Ice Cream Sandwich update, RAZR owners are hoping for.

The software update carries the version number 6.12.173 and is being rolled out for the Droid RAZR as well as the RAZR MAXX. Technically, both the handsets are just the same, and in fact run on the same software version as well.

Below is the full change-log of the update via AndroidPolice -:

+  Mobile Hotspot will now successfully allow other devices to connect to all
Internet websites.
+  Improvements in the Mobile Hotspot security.
+  VZ Navigator® has been updated with the latest 3D map improvements.
+  Visual Voice Mail Updates:
•  Visual Voice Mail messages can be marked as read.
•  Visual Voice Mail message playback resumes when audio is switched
to speaker.
•  Visual Voice Mail will successfully subscribe or unsubscribe while
connected with Wi-Fi.
•  Successfully press back key after playback in Visual Voice Mail
without error.
+  V CAST App now comes preloaded.
+  MotoCast installation steps have been improved for easier use.
Data Connectivity:
+  Improved stability of data connectivity after Airplane Mode is disabled.
+ Improved data throughput performance in low-signal 4G environments.
Device Operation:
+  Improved Battery life when using Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP)
Bluetooth® headsets.
+  Successfully save multimedia ringtones.
+  Favorite Contacts widget has been updated.
+  Improved device stability when moving between home screen panels.
+  Email icon has been updated for improved visibility.
+  When performing an Over the Air (OTA) update, the display will correctly
show the remaining download time.
+  CMAS (Commercial Mobile Alert Service) feature has been added.

As it can be seen from the change-log above, the update mainly brings enhancements to the Visual Voicemail service, along with updating some bloatware from Verizon and improving the overall stability of the phone.

The update is being rolled out via OTA, and should hit your RAZR/RAZR MAXX sometime in the next couple of weeks. While Motorola has not specified any particular date, the Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX should get the Ice Cream Sandwich update by the end of Q1 or early Q2.

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