One S owners are not the only one receiving a Christmas gift from HTC. Motorola also has surprisingly started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX.
The 320MB+ update automatically started rolling out for some DROID RAZR owners since yesterday. The Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX brings with it the usual Jelly Bean goodness including Project Butter for a super-smooth Android experience, enhanced speech-to-text, enhanced notification bar along with an improvement in stability and battery life. Motorola’s own OEM skin is pretty light and does not really interfere much with the stock Holo theme so
Motorola only recently updated DROID RAZR HD, RAZR HD MAXX and RAZR M to Jelly Bean. Even DROID RAZR owners are going to be surprised that the Jelly Bean update has landed so quickly for their handset. With the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update rolling out to RAZR/MAXX owners, the device is now officially two Android OS updates ahead compared to a Nexus handset – the Verizon branded Galaxy Nexus.
Via – Android Central
Along with the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR HD MAXX, Motorola also unveiled a mid-range RAZR branded phone for Verizon’s network, the DROID RAZR M. The RAZR M sports a much smaller 4.3-inch qHD (960×640) Super-AMOLED display with almost no bezel. It is still not confirmed whether this is the same bezel less phone about which Bloomberg reported last week.
Apart from the screen, the RAZR M packs in the same internals as its bigger brothers, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, NFC, support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, an 8MP snapper with LED flash, a front-facing camera and the other usual features.
Sadly, the RAZR M will launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board and not Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Motorola has, however, promised that all the three handsets it has announced today will get Jelly Bean before the year end.
The RAZR M goes on pre-order from today, and will hit the retail stores on September 13th next week for $99 with a two-year contract from Verizon.
Last night, Motorola announced the successor to the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX at an event in New York — the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. Both the handsets sport a 4.7-inch display Super-AMOLED display with 720p HD resolution. There is no ‘Plus’ here, so the display has a PenTile pixel arrangement. The handsets also feature a Kevlar back and a water-resistant nano-coating like the original Droid RAZRs.
Internally, the ubiquitous Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB of RAM keep things chugging along. Other features of the handsets include an 8MP camera capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution, NFC, microSD card slot, 16GB of internal memory on the RAZR and 32GB on the RAZR MAXX HD, global roaming support, and support for Verizon 4G LTE.
Both the handsets retain nearly the same dimensions as their predecessor, even though they include a bigger screen. The DROID RAZR will come with a non-removable 2500mAh battery, while the RAZR MAXX HD will come with a non-removable 3300mAh battery that is capable of providing nearly 13 hours of continuous video playback.
The RAZRs will be running on Android 4.0.4 out of the box with a new skin from Motorola that is much better than their previous MotoBLUR skin. Motorola did not provide much information on the pricing or availability of the handsets, except that the handsets will be available before the holidays.
Own a Motorola handset? Here is some bad news for you! Motorola has updated its Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline to reflect the delay of Android 4.0 update progress for its handsets. The Motorola Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX and the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi + 4G devices will taste Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the next couple of months i.e. before Q2 of 2012 ends. A whopping 6 months after Google pushed Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP.
For all other handsets, like the Atrix 2, Droid 4, Atrix 4G, the Droid Bionic and the Xyboard tablets, the Ice Cream Sandwich update will land sometime in Q3. Motorola is the only company, apart from LG, that has not updated any of its devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, except for the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi only edition. The company has also confirmed that the Droid X2, which was launched less than a year ago, will not get the Ice Cream Sandwich update.
With Google I/O a month away, I am sure by the time Motorola will update the RAZR to Ice Cream Sandwich, Google would have announced a new version of Android. As if the locked bootloader on their phones were not enough, the slow update process of the company’s handset is another icing on the cake to never buy a Motorola branded Android handset.
Via – Motorola
Get ready for another Droid RAZR variant! Motorola has been working on a ‘HD’ version of the Droid RAZR codenamed Fighter. After quite a few blurrycam leaks and renders, the folks over at Blog Of Mobile have managed to get some somewhat clear pictures of the handset.
The Droid RAZR HD is going to sport a ~4.5-inch screen with 720p HD screen resolution, on-screen navigation keys, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 4G LTE support, a 12MP camera, 1GB RAM, and a beefy 3300mAh battery for the MAXX variant of the handset. On the software side, the RAZR HD will be running a Blur-ified version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Oh! and yes it RAZR HD will still come with a locked down bootloader. God knows when Motorola will stop being insane, and provide an unlockable bootloaders on their handset.
The RAZR HD is going to be the first phone from Motorola to use a Qualcomm SoC, and thankfully Motorola is using the latest and great Krait SoC from the company. The Qualcomm S4 SoC also comes with a new 28nm 4G LTE baseband, which should put the RAZR HD’s battery life way ahead of the current generation 4G LTE phones.
Another day, and Motorola continues to prove that it has gone insane. Last week, the company started rolling out a new software update for the Bionic which brought some bug fixes and performance improvements to the phone, instead of rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device.
Today, the company has started rolling out a new update for the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX. No, the software updates still don’t bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the handset, nearly 4.5 months after ICS code went AOSP!
Below is the full change-log of the software update v6.12.181 for the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX -:
- Improved Device Stability.
- Optimized device performance to extend battery life.
- Added easy access to preloaded VZW bookmarks through quick key access.
- Corrected loud call end connect tones over Bluetooth.
- Enhanced device security by preventing unauthorized access of telephony database by third parties.
- Device is now updated with IPv6
- 4G coverage indication accurately displays data connectivity.
- Improved Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity when utilizing WPS security.
- Improved text message delivery.
- Improved visual voice mail performance with data disabled and visual voicemail notification delivery
- Enhanced security in Verizon apps
- Included a new MotoCast widget to enable easier access and discoverability of MotoCast services.
- Modified the storage settings screen to make it easier to understand total storage versus available storage.
- Implemented a number of MotoCast performance improvements.
The OTA update is already being rolled out in batches by Verizon, and weighs around 17MB in size. Someone care to please wake up Motorola, and tell them to roll out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX.
The Motorola Droid RAZR is perhaps the perfect example of a decent phone announced at the wrong time. The handset was announced just hours before Samsung and Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The RAZR is a decent Android handset with a sub-par 4.3-inch qHD Super-AMOLED Advanced display, a 1.2GHz dual core processor and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera, 4G LTE and an insanely thin waist line of 7.1mm which packs a 1780mAh battery.
A couple of months after the RAZR was released, Motorola released a fatter version of the handset dubbed as the Droid RAZR MAXX. The MAXX is similar to the RAZR except that it is a bit thicker at 9mm, but packs in a beefy 3300mAh battery. Thanks to the beefy battery, the RAZR MAXX easily lasts a day under heavy usage while constantly using Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network.
A month after releasing the RAZR MAXX, Motorola again released a new variant of the RAZR with an unlocked bootloader targeted for the developers. The handset came with no warranty whatsoever, and had to be purchased outright and was available only in the United States.
Today, Motorola has announced another variant of the RAZR MAXX which comes with GSM radios. The handset will be running on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box, but will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon. The handset is expected to be available in selected markets in Europe and Middle East sometime in May 2012.
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
+ 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
• Visual Voice Mail will successfully subscribe or unsubscribe while
connected with Wi-Fi.
• Successfully press back key after playback in Visual Voice Mail
+ V CAST App now comes preloaded.
+ MotoCast installation steps have been improved for easier use.
+ Improved stability of data connectivity after Airplane Mode is disabled.
+ Improved data throughput performance in low-signal 4G environments.
+ Improved Battery life when using Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP)
+ 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.
The folks over at DroidRzr have managed to get their hands on an upcoming Android 2.3.6 update for the Verizon Droid RAZR. It is not yet confirmed whether the update is an upcoming official one, or an internal test build.
Nevertheless, the leaked update does bring in quite a lot of changes, which many Droid RAZR owners will appreciate. Apart from the minor bump in the Android version, the update also improves the overall performance and stability of the phone. Some of the icons have also been changed in the update, and have been given a colourful treatment. The build also includes a new radio, which according to many Razr owners, has improved the 3G/4G download/upload and the 3G to 4G hand-off. The web browser and the WebTop also feel much faster and smoother.
Razr owners who are interested in installing this leaked build on their phone should keep in mind that it breaks root access. So, make sure you use Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper before installing this leaked update. The download link and installation instructions for the leaked update can be found here.
Along with the Droid 4, Motorola and Verizon also announced a new member of the Droid RAZR family, the Droid RAZR MAXX. As its name suggests, the RAZR MAXX takes the Droid RAZR to the next level.
While the RAZR MAXX is not as slim as its sibling, it still has a decent waistline of 8.9mm. This allows Motorola to cram in a bigger removable battery on the handset. While the size of the battery is unknown at the moment, Motorola states that the RAZR MAXX can provide continuous talk-time of up to 21 hours on a single-charge!
The RAZR packs in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED ‘Advanced’ screen with qHD (960×640) resolution. Internally, the MAXX packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core processor OMAP 4630 processor, a PowerVR SGX 650 GPU, 1GB of RAM, comes with a Kevlar back, an 8MP camera at its back, a 1.3MP camera in the front, and a microSD card slot. The usual sensors and connectivity features including support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network is also present.
The Droid RAZR MAXX will cost users $299.99 on a two-year contract. The handset is expected to hit Verizon’s retail stores in the coming weeks.