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DROID RAZR Update is Ready: Improves Camera, Data Connectivity, and More

A soak test for a new DROID RAZR update was prepped last week – that update is starting to roll out to members of the group now. In the support documents that list out the changes for this new software, we can see that some of this stuff is pretty significant. After updating, users will see a stronger data connection on both 4G and 3G and the camera will improve in features and quality. Talk about a fast turn around on bug fixes for a phone that has only been out for a couple of months.

Seeing the update? Head into Settings>About phone>System updates to check.

More info.

Cheers C and anonymous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/isaiah.ferrerosa Isaiah Ferrerosa

    Now that theres been an update I want to root but DoomLords Root isn’t taking on my Razr….I’ve tried running it with all the different USB connections and it still fails, any help from fellow Rooted Razr owners? Thanks in advance!

  • pdroid

    I contacted Moto yesterday to ask about the update and was told it was still in the soak period. I asked if they knew when it would be ready for release to the general public and they had no answer. My phone was seriously aggravating me today and around 1am I happened to do a system update check and the moto update was available. I installed it and the data connection issue is gone from what I can tell. Not only that, but the 4G performance is like night and day. I was honestly thinking about taking my phone back for something else, but with the performance change with this update I am sticking with it!

  • Barrywrx

    How is the camera after the update,any better?

  • DrodRZR

    Got the update.  My droid RAZR was working great before the update, now my data connection is totally unreliable.  Switches between 3G and no data all the time.  Only in very strong 4G areas do I get a 4G signal.  I don’t think this update will pass the initial deployment test so I would hold off on updating to it.

    • Mike

      Classic. I think I may be taking the droid razr back and getting a different phone. I am not sure what but I can tell you that I am incredibly frustrated with this device. It never works! Never has service. Why do these companies release phones before they are ready to be released? There is something to be said about apple products… They are very reliable.

  • Dude08

    Is the camera really better now with the update? 

  • cardi

    I guess i lucked out i just received my droid razr for free in the #30DaysofRAZR contest it already has the update

  • Anonymous

    The king got even better. Kudos to Moto, this shows how they care about us the consumers unlike Samsung and HTC.

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  • SERVERKID

    no update here either. for the rest of you did your razr have a notification or you went to system update? neither is working for me… want this phlucking update!!!!!

    • Jbrez2468

      Mine did it on its own grand rapids might

    • Anonymous

      some users get it first, wait a couple of days.

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  • Mike

    Hmmm…. 8pm on 12/19 and I am not seeing any updates for my phone… Hopefully it comes soon because this camera is a joke compared to the iPhone and the connectivity is TERRIBLE.

    • Anonymous

      there’s bad phones in every batch of every phone by every manufacturer…hope you get your update so you can thoroughly enjoy your phone

  • Mike

    Hmmm…. 8pm on 12/19 and I am not seeing any updates for my phone… Hopefully it comes soon because this camera is a joke compared to the iPhone and the connectivity is TERRIBLE.

  • Daniel Archibald33

    update is actually 6.11.748.XT912.Verizon.en.US

  • Dbarden31

    I went to update my Razr but it said it’s up to date. Is this update not available for everyone?

  • Jbrez2468

    Just got my update

  • Daniel Archibald33

    I just recieved this update and excited to see any improvements over an already flawless device

  • Leonardo Junqueira

    Can anybody
    tell me is the battery life of this phone really that bad

    • Anonymous

      i get about 10-12+ hours out of a full charge on mine…depending on data usage…sometimes i get almost a full day…sometimes 8 hours

    • Anonymous

      calibrate your battery with battery left, you will see a great improvement. You can also use smart actions and the moto’s task manager.

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  • Desisaurus92

    Excited most about the 4g update. Hope this fixes the data loss switching from 3g to 4g. Other than that I LOVE my Razr. Best phone I’ve ever had

  • Anonymous

    really can’t beat the razr for 0.01, if only the nexus was out when amazon had their penny sale, but oh well them’s the ropes :P

  • Buckgrad

    Went into Verizon today to look at the Galaxy Nexus. Walked out preferring the Razr. Better picture, better camera… Impressive.

    • Anonymous

      I have to admit, I’ve been holding out for the G-Nex, and when I went into the store Friday to look at it, something kind of embarrassing happened. I picked the phone up off the display and the whole thing came apart in my hand. The phone just separated from the battery cover. I was embarrassed as HELL and trying to put it back together, thankfully no one noticed. Needless to say, handled the Razr next and was much more impressed with it. My contract just ended and I’m definitely getting the Razr, just not sure if I want black or white.

      • Old

        wait for the droid razr maxx

      • Anonymous

        The white will look so nice with a saphire seidio cover :) just a thought.

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      • Hoopstarrr

        I picked up the Nexus in store and the same thing happened.  The build quality wasn’t thought out well.  I’m thinking I may do the white RAZR.

    • Anonymous

      Razor is the way to go.

      • rob

        I went back in to the Verizon store to pick up some razr  accessories yesterday and did my second side by side with the gnex. This would have been the time to do a swap out if I was going to do it. I ran a youtube video (Cows & Cows) on both devices. For some reason, the gnex was laggy buffered a lot. The razr ran it smooth as silk. Got all my razr stuff, so I am committed now. My area wont have 4g until the end of April, so unless there is something I am missing, (gnex running 4g better ICS will clean my house) this just seems to be the better phone. I am just hoping he devs continue to work on it. I haven’t rooted yet…because it is running so well l now..I haven’t had a reason to.

        • cardi

          Did u get the tool box for $99. 99. Great deal for the hd station, vehicle doc, micro hdmi cord and a pair of head phones

          • rob

            No…she didn’t tell me about that deal. I did get like 5 things for 30% off…otter box, blue tooth car speaker, car charger..etc
            That keyboard doc looks pretty cool.

        • Anonymous

          The razr is the best device of 2011 runner up Gs2.

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  • rob

    On my third day with the razr. What issues are there to be fixed? No update showing up yet. I love this thing!

    • Anonymous

      I asked myself the same question. If they want to make the best even better that’s fine.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Mcclain/1463591684 Jim Mcclain

    ok ,now they need to fix the nexus camera,by downloading the app ‘ pudding camera ‘ its so much better,but really shouldnt have to use an app to have a good camera, but one thing for sure, nexus on a speed test is amazing, pegging the needle on both up and download

    • Anonymous

      I beat any speed with my wide band 30mps :) Moto made it.

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  • Feetball

    Arrrghhhh … so impatient … any way to force an update?  Mine says it’s up to date when I check for updtates.

  • JoeInMo

    I really like the last paragraph of Verizon’s instructions:
    “If the system update fails to install, you will get an error screen. However, this only means the software did not install 
    properly. Remove and re-insert the battery and power the device back on. The device will power back on with original 
    software and will prompt you once again to install the system update.”

    Good luck with pulling the battery on the RAZR…. get out your tool box.

    • Anonymous

      Do not be an idiot, you can take the reset the device, it will do the same thing as removing the battery.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6LY5JVZCJUXXU5LWZUG2GSE2OI Joshua C

    My RAZR is performing like a champ. Not once have I had a problem with it since it came out.

    • Blueyes8288

      My phone won’t update … why?

      Droid Razr owner

      • Anonymous

        as has been stated…the update is currently in “soak test” which means you had to have been invited to have gotten it already…it’ll be released for the general public shortly

  • Anonymous

    That was fast, NICE!

  • Dsim91

    I went to verizon today to check out the razr, rezound, and Galaxy nexus. By far the nexus was impressive, but I walked away wishing the razr had a 4.5inch screen, because I would have bought it on the spot. I’m so undecided on what to do I guess I’ll just hold off for awhile.

  • Guttatae

    GREAT phone no problems with mine and already an update yeah I made a good decision

  • G_mann312

    Good job Motorola! I haven’t had a problem yet with my razr :)

    • Anonymous

      I am on the same boat. I has never been this happy with a device. I still love my bionic though, but not as much as the king of all device.

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  • weapon x

    WHAT! ? DROID RAZR news on DROID life! ? What is the world coming to when DROID life doesn’t have enough nex news to talk about? For those who asked, rooting should not affect the update. I believe its only if you flash a rom. I’m rooted and loving it. FYI I read that Ginger Unroot works like a charm to unroot razr. Just in case. So glad I passed on the nex. Its only a matter of time till my RAZR will rock stock. ICS

    • buffdroid

      aman  ya they need to give the razr more love

    • Anonymous

      i unrooted just in case…as far as the surprise at razr news on droid-life…i was thinking they needed to change the name of the site to Nexus-life…the way they seemed to have forgotten the other two devices on vzw

    • Anonymous

      I love my GB 2.3.5 Moto did something great with the software. I can just imagine how nice ICS will be on this beast.

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  • Corey Foltman

    I havent really noticed any issues im concerned with, but i like Moto is updating quickly for those that do notice bugs…

    Offtopic: …really wish we knew what this Maxx actually was

    so many GNex people were like Nexus updates will roll out quick because its Googles phone, not Samsung…haha

    • Mark Christian

      Definitely agree with that.  They actually paid attention to customer concerns, and from what I’ve been following, there arent many that had complaints to begin with.

      For the MAXX… If you follow rumors, and seeing as how you’re on this site I’m sure you do ;), it’s going to be the RAZR with a higher def screen.  There may be a few other enhancements, but the biggest focus is the screen.  There “may” be a removable battery, but I’m honestly doubting it will.  But who knows… We’ll have to wait and see.

  • Anonymous

    not invited for this update :(
    I don’t have any bad words for the Razr, fantastic phone.

  • Anonymous

    Totally impressed with Moto this time. Already a great phone, they are keeping it updated quickly. They are also constantly updating the other offerings like Motocast with new features and fixes. I am a VERY happy RAZR owner indeed.

  • Austinrgoebel

    Still not seeing an update yet

  • Mark Christian

    To update  you have to be registered to help soak test it.  As for quick updates, Moto is light years ahead of Samsung, I’m actually surprised there is already an update.  The phone is already the most stable 4G phone I’ve ever used, really anxious to see how the update improves that :)

    • Ha

      actually, when samsung releases phones they tend to be stable and error free and don’t require an update for a while.  moto releases phones every day with bugs and require an update that day

      • Mark Christian

        Need I point you to Samsung’s awesome phones?  Droid Charge – STILL full of bugs, and actually introduced more with the current update.  GNex, already updated and it wasnt even released in the US, update forced due to bugs.  Fascinate owners unite; many were given the choice to upgrade free of charge due to the inability to fix the bugs that made the phone unusable.  Not convinced here Nexus fanboi.

        • Ha

          i actually have a droid charge and have no issues.  not a nexus fanboy either.

          • Mark Christian

            You’re one of the very few that has had luck with the DC then.  At release it was plagued with data connection issues, signal issues, lag and bluetooth connection problems.  Try streaming Pandora all day, enough to drive someone insane.  Screen is gorgeous though.
            The most recent update was kind enough to fix data connection problems, but introduced screaming static randomly in phone calls. To use a phone you shouldn’t be required to root and ROM it out of the box.  But you know, if you can handle the issues above, yea, it’s a fantastic Netflix watching device.

          • Droid Charge Too Much

            Wait a minute, don’t let him tell you he has a DC, If he did he would know about the issues. The update caused even more problems. Faint ringtone (could barely hear the first ring), pause in mic (hello?…hello?). For me, the random screech and cutoff was the last straw. On my third refurb I went in the store and let the manager get his ear blown off. They then swapped it for a brand new razr. Yep, had the sim card issue…HAD. No phone is perfect but this one is very very close. The only thing that bothers me now is the fact that Verizon still has that skipping stone for sale and at quite a high price. I can only imagine the river of DCs pouring back into the factory now.

        • Anonymous

          what is this about a free upgrade from the fascinate? after the series of updates eventually ended up with a broken docking capability, we were told by both vzw and samsung that we could still use it as a phone, therefore there was nothing wrong with the device…we were forced to use our 2 year upgrade to get my husband upgraded to the droid x

          • Mark Christian

            I cant remember exactly which thread I found it in, but on androidforums there were a lot of fascinate owners looking at new phones.  There was about a 1 month period (before the update that supposedly fixed the issues) where the fascinate owners did a LOT of asking about phone X and if it was good because Verizon was going to give them a refurb device in exchange for their fascinate. It didnt last a long time, but it was recognized that there were MAJOR issues. Similar things happened with the Thunderbolt when it was having the reboot issues and before they updated it.
            It all depends on what day it is, who you talk to, if the sun is in alignment with the North star and Jupiter is at a 45 degree angle. Verizon CS hasnt been consistent, but there are times where it’s easier to plead your case because they know it’s a real problem.

          • Anonymous

            i c…guess we were unlucky…oh well…

        • Anonymous

          lol, you shut him down with your response. Samsung made one great device and it is called gs2, that device still not as Moto in the sound, radios and build quality department, but is the second best device in the history of smartphone. The razr is number 1.

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    • Anonymous

      They may give us 3..7 before ICS to keep us happier.

      • Mark Christian

        There’s not enough difference in 2.3.5 and 2.3.6 to make me care.  And the only thing in 2.3.7 that differs from 6 is the NFC support, which this phone doesnt have, so at best we’d only need the 6 update.
        As for keeping us happy, I am happy with the phone as it sits. I dont feel the need to get ICS on it if the phone remains stable in it’s current form. Updated features are cool, but having a phone that works > cool features.

        • Anonymous

          I know that is what i have been saying, these geeks tend to care a lot for ICS even though it is not optimize as of yet. Razr forever

        • Jadis

          Newer version may solved blue tooth earphone streaming music issue.

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  • Sporttster

    Really love my Razr. I’m rooted…will this stop this update?? One of the very few things that bother me about the phone is the camera image quality. Hope this update addresses that. Anyone know? Updates? Is it better?

    • Anonymous

      The only thing that bothered me about the razr is that it does not have the option on the ffc to change the colors and saturations, maybe they add that feature.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rangleskov Ryan Rangel

    i have to say, i’m missing the speed of my rent-a-razr compared to my gnex.  it is noticeable even though it’s the same processor.  still up in the air whether or not to go back to razr.  i need to get into the whole rooting and cutomization thing over the holidays.

    • Colin Zack

      actually the Nexus has a newer processor…

      • Daniel Archibald33

        yeah and its still slow

        • Colin Zack

          so the newer processor with the newer operating system with no skin and less bloat runs slower than the older processor with the older operating system with a skin on top and more bloat? That seems rather unlikely given the reviews I’ve read and from my experience as a Moto user and my play time with the Razr.

  • Alexander Garcia

    LOL Wow! Motorizon sure pushes out those updates about as fast as they push out all those new high end devices! Impressive! Most impressive!

    • Anonymous

      People that hate moto in here are the geeks that hold grudges because they have the bootloader lock, but they know moto rules this planet.

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  • CmubWanel
  • KevinC

    i guess the device was a failure at launch, huh angelface77?

    • Guest

      LOL!

    • Anonymous

      How exactly is this phone a failure?

    • Anonymous

      not it was not turd. They are making it even better.

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  • UncagedChipmunk

    Wow, the Razor sure had some serious bugs when lauched.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty fast update considering its a NON-Nexus device..

    • http://twitter.com/ZombieLove69 michael arazan

      yeah but it wasn’t the ICS update

  • Anonymous

    This update is impossible, the camera is already the best and data connectivity is the best possible because of the Motorola hardware. Just ask Angelface77…

    • Guest

      i wonder what angelFAGGIT77’s excuse is going to be for the update, since it was already the best and nothing was wrong with it??  can’t wait to hear this bullchit spin!!

    • Anonymous

      It is the best, but if they want to make it even better, they are welcome :) Damm i love my wideband modem from Moto :)

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  • RazrGuy

    I went into system settings and checked for an update, and it said my phone is up to date. My system version is still 6.11.744, not 6.11.748?

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.niggel Nicholas J. Niggel

      Same here, no update available

      • RazrGuy

        Are you rooted?

        • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.niggel Nicholas J. Niggel

          Yes, but I read this might be a soak test.  Safestrap and rooted.  No ROMs installed.

    • RazrGuy

      Am I not getting the update because I’m rooted?

      IMO, Motorola knocked it out of the park with the Razr. This phone is amazing! I’m so gald I didn’t wait for the GNex, although that looks like a great phone too. Fantastic time to own an Android phone! I can’t imagine that the update could actually improve anything other than maybe the battery life on 4G. Other than that, I’m completely satisfied!

      • Anonymous

        I kept telling these people that the Moto did a masterpiece making this device.

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    • CmubWanel

      I’m getting the same response from the phone and have the same system version you mention?

    • Anonymous

      This is a soak test (like a closed beta). You have to be invited to get the update (I have it).

      • Sam

        how does one get invited?

        • Anonymous

          You sign up for it on the Motorola Owner’s Forum.

          • Darthseph23

            As stated; though note, that the website appears to be down right now.

  • Anonymous

    Wondering if an update can help my Nexus camera at all lol. The camera is okay… but goodness.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not surprising at how fast this update was released, given how hard Verizon is still pushing this phone. “Nexus who?” is the current mentality of Big Red. Other phones seem to be given their usual 1-or-2 week marketing push, and then that’s the last you heard of them. But Verizon is pushing the RAZR *hard* for the holidays, thus requiring a fast turnaround on this update.

    • Anonymous

      Ok, I admit it…. I am jealous. I would sure like an update to fix the signal on my G-Nex.

      • Hkklife

        Makes me furious about having a Bionic.  That phone got all the September “back to school” hype from VZW but they totally abandoned it within the usual 2-3 weeks aftter launch in favor of the RAZR, Rezound etc. 

        For many users, the Bionic is the far superior device due to its more narrower bezel and swappable battery.

        There’s no reason for the Bionic and RAZR to be on totally different software builds.  In fact, Moto should have the D3, upcoming D4, RAZR and RAZR MAXX all running nearly identical OS builds. 

        • Ecrunion

          I couldn’t agree more.  I love my Bionic but it took Moto just under 3 months to get it’s first OTA.  The Razr has been out for 1.5 months and gets it’s OTA.  Maybe some of the work they did in the Bionic’s made it easier for the Razr’s build.  Who knows. 

        • Dmb_acoustic_00

          I couldnt agree more.  I’m on my 2nd Bionic.  It’s working really well at this point after the update, but geez…I waited forever for that update.  I do agree with this other guy saying that it could have been part of the work they did on the Bionic that worked for the RAZR.  I also agree that at least the Bionic and the RAZR should be running all the same software.  That should have been in our Bionic update…

        • Anonymous

          What are you talking about? There was a build for the bionic not to long ago. The bionic still a beast, but comparing to the razr, the razr is better.

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      • Anonymous

        lol i am the technology guru, i told you about this. You did not want to listen that was your problem.

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    • Darthseph23

      They are pushing it hard due to the current sale trying to sell the XYboard.  Buy the phone, get some off and buy the like tablet as well!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

     I wonder if I can pull the camera from this update and put it on my wife’s Droid 3?  That camera is unbearably slow.

    • Dusted and Disqusted

      dont
      know
      if
      serious.

       

      • Nakedgoat

        Mines ready but keeps failing sigh..

  • Anonymous

    What a great phone, I would highly recommend this to anyone.