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
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.