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
Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is working with Motorola on their first big device, known internally as the “X Phone”.
WSJ reports that Motorola and Google is looking at using flexible displays with a ceramic body so that the phone can be more stress-resistant. However, the companies are running into some supply-management issues, which might lead them to re-think their strategy.
Reports also suggest that Google and Motorola are focusing on making the camera top-notch, hardware wise as well as software wise.
While Motorola has consistently failed to come-up with a remarkable handset in the last couple of years, the push from Google might just be it all needs.
Don’t expect this new handset from Google-Motorola to come out anytime soon. With the Nexus 4 just being released, this new handset won’t hit the shelves until late next-year.
Its raining Jelly Bean updates! After the One X, S3, and the Note 2, its time for the Motorola/AT&T Atrix HD to get some Jelly Bean love.
The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the ATRIX HD will bring with Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, Project Butter for a lag-free experience, improved battery life, enhanced Camera app with improved auto focus, filmstrip mode for the gallery and more.
Motorola has also included some of its own new features including Drive Smart with enhanced voice search, which lays special emphasis on texting and driving, and automatically sets the phone to auto-reply to calls and texts when the user is driving.
While Motorola has already started rolling out the update, it can take up to two weeks for the roll-out to be complete. If you own a ATRIX HD and cannot wait for the update, just head over to Settings -> About Phone and select the ‘Software Update’ option. Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before proceeding though, since the update is pretty hefty in size.
Via – AT&T
A couple of months ago, Motorola had updated its Android OS update page to reflect which and when it would be bringing Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to its devices. Now that the company has updated its high-end handsets to Jelly Bean, including the RAZR M, RAZR HD and the RAZR HD MAXX, it has once again updated the page to include an estimated timeframe for the JB update for its other handsets.
Motorola RAZR HD and ATRIX HD owners in Canada will only be getting the Android 4.1.1 update sometime in Q1 of next year. RAZR i owners in the Middle East, Africa or Europe will also be getting the Jelly Bean update around the same time.
In most other regions of the world, Motorola RAZR series owners are at the mercy of their carriers and their ‘rigorous testing’. Other Motorola handsets including the DROID 4, Electrify 2 and Photon Q will be getting the Jelly Bean update sometime next year.
Hopefully, the company will soon be announcing its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean upgrade plans and release a list of handsets that it will be updating as well.
Via – Motorola
Last week, Verizon announced the availability of the much-awaited Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for the Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD smartphones. These devices were originally launched with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Today, the wireless carrier finally started rolling out this update for both Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD smartphones.
The latest update is numbered 9.1.41.XT926 and it brings smart keyboard, Google Now, improved voice search, enhanced notifications, improved voice and data connectivity and much more. Check out the complete changelog after the break.
- Move between Home screens with more intuitive graphics and smooth transitions.
- Enjoy more reactive and uniform touch responses.
- Improved voice and data connectivity.
- Native calendar settings have been improved for a better user experience.
- Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.
- Time stamp shown in outgoing multimedia has been corrected.
- Video calling portal and Accessories Application has been preloaded.
- Verizon Video has been removed.
- Color Application has been removed.
- Fully integrated Amazon app suite has been preloaded (includes Kindle, Amazon MP3, IMDb, Audible, and Zappos).
You will be automatically notified once the update is available for your device. If you have not yet received the update, then just go to Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page.
Motorola and Verizon are all set to roll out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR HD and the HD MAXX. The carrier has updated the RAZR HD support documents to include all the new changes and features brought about by the Jelly Bean update, which indicates that the roll-out is around the corner.
The Jelly Bean update for the RAZR HD and the HD MAXX will bring with it quite a lot enhancements and new features including Google Now, an improved Voice Search, enhanced notification bar and much more.
Below is the official list of changes that the update will include apart from the usual Jelly Bean goodness (9.1.41.XT926) -:
ADDITIONAL JELLY BEAN ENHANCEMENTS
+ Move between Home screens with more intuitive graphics and smooth transitions.
+ Enjoy more reactive and uniform touch responses.
+ Improved voice and data connectivity.
+ Native calendar settings have been improved for a better user experience.
+ Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.
+ Time stamp shown in outgoing multimedia has been corrected.
+ Video calling portal and Accessories Application has been preloaded.
+ Verizon Video has been removed.
+ Color Application has been removed.
+ Fully integrated Amazon app suite has been preloaded (includes Kindle, Amazon MP3,
IMDb, Audible, and Zappos).
Keep in mind that the update is not yet live, but it will start rolling out by next week to all RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX owners.
Back in September, Motorola announced the mid-range Droid Razr M, along with the Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr HD Maxx. These handsets were exclusively available for the Verizon subscribers in the US. Droid Razr M comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 8 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, 4G connectivity and much more.
Sadly, this handset was shipped with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Motorola has already promised to roll out the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update before the end of this year. Now, it seems that the manufacturer has fulfilled its promise 50 days in advance. Verizon has finally started rolling out the Android 4.1 update for the Droid Razr M smartphones. It comes with the usual Jelly Bean goodies such as Google Now, enhanced notification panel that displays missed calls and emails, voice search, smart keyboard and more. Check out the complete changelog below.
Jelly Bean Enhancements:
- Personalize your home screen easily by placing widgets directly on the screen.
- More reactive and uniform touch responses, so you can move between home screens with more intuitive graphics and smoother transitions.
- Widgets now resize automatically when they are too big.
- Circles widget has been updated to enable instant updating.
- Improved voice and data connectivity quality, reducing instances of losing 3G and 4G services.
- Reduced time needed to access GPS signal.
- Contacts sync more often, eliminating the need to wait for manual or nighttime sync.
- Improvements to Setup Wizard UI makes the email setup experience more user friendly.
- Native calendar settings have been improved for better user experience.
- Improved Mobile Hotspot data connectivity.
- Improved reliability and connectivity of Back Up Assistant Plus & Visual Voicemail.
- Verizon Remote Diagnostics has been updated.
- New QuickOffice version has been integrated.
- New VZ Navigator application addresses several stability issues.
- Video Calling Portal App have been added.
- Integrated new VZWAPPs Version.
- Color Application had been removed.
- Device now includes support for the Isis Mobile Wallet.
- Improved connectivity when using Wi-Fi.
- Multimedia Messaging delivery has been improved.
- Improved Bluetooth Connectivity.
The latest update is numbered 98.12.4.XT907 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should make sure that your device is not rooted and has at least 50% or more battery before updating the device. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the Droid Razr M smartphone. To learn more, head over to this page.
Sprint has started rolling out a minor software update for the Motorola Photon Q. Before you jump with excitement thinking its the Jelly Bean update, read the last statement again. The update is only a minor one and brings some bug-fixes, improvements and enhancements.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
- Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone
- Select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
- Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
- Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbox
- seamless international text messaging
- Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
- Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
- Improved MMS functionality
Well, Photon Q owners need to content themselves with this OTA update until Motorola and Sprint prepare the Jelly Bean update for the device. Considering that Motorola has not mentioned any exact timeframe as to when the Android 4.1.1 update will be available for the handset, the wait might just be a long one.
The OTA update will be available to all Photon Q owners within a couple of weeks. Alternatively, Q owners can keep tapping the Check for updates option under About Phone to manually pull the update from Sprint’s server.
Via – Sprint
What do you do when you ship phones with locked down bootloader and receive community backlash for it? You start releasing a developer variant of every phone you announce that comes with an unlockable bootloader.
Motorola has taken this formula to heart and has released a developer variant of all the RAZR handsets it announced earlier this year with unlockable bootloaders. Today, the company announced that it is soon going to release the Developer edition of the ATRIX HD. Like all other developer edition handsets from Motorola, the ATRIX HD bootloader will be locked by default. Once the developer unlocks it, he will be essentially be saying good bye to the phone’s warranty.
I am not really sure what is the point of releasing Developer edition handsets. Motorola could very well release a bootloader unlocking tool for all its existing devices, using which will void the warranty of the handset.
Anyways, interested developers will have to purchase the ATRIX HD at its full retail price which Motorola will announce sometime soon, along with its release date.
When Motorola unveiled its 2012 line-up of DROID RAZR HD devices, it promised that it will be updating them to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before the year end.
While the official update from Motorola is not yet available, the folks over at DroidRzr have managed to get their hands on a leaked Jelly Bean firmware for the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD owners.
For a leak, the firmware is pretty stable and includes all the Jelly Bean goodness including Project Butter and Google Now. Some users do report that there is a bit of lag here and there, but that is given considering that this is not the final firmware.
If you own a DROID RAZR HD or the RAZR MAXX HD, then head over to the DroidRzr forums for the download link and the installation instructions. The installation steps are pretty easy, and there is also an automated tool which will flash back Ice Cream Sandwich on your RAZR HD/MAXX HD, if you feel like doing so.