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Motorola Releases Full 6.12.173 Update Changelog for DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX


Motorola has released its full changelog for the 6.12.173 update that will arrive on DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX handsets in the coming days (soak test members only). This list differs slightly from the one that Verizon released a week ago, providing a few additional details into the new MotoCast, battery life increases, and camera enhancements. Seems odd that these two companies would produce such different lists or view pieces of the update as more important than others, but that’s what we’ve got. The more details the better, right?

And remember, you can manually upgrade to this software using our instructions if you are not interested in waiting for the update to become available.

Full list below.  

Software Update for the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX by MOTOROLA

Introduction We are pleased to announce the new software update for DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX by MOTOROLA. The software update (Motorola Version.6.12.173.XT912.Verizon.en.US) includes numerous fixes and enhancements.

For more information on Motorola updates and product support, visit us at http://www.motorola.com/mydroidrazr

Who Can Use This Release ALL DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX by MOTOROLA users

Enhancements and Fixes:


  • Added new auto-upload feature for sending pictures and videos back to your computer
  • Improved installation steps for easier use

Smart Actions:

  • Added new Smart Action triggers (docks and calendar events) and actions (VIP caller, auto text reply and voice announcement)


  • Added new features (Password enabled Encryption Key Protection, Simplified Corporate Email Setup, Email sorting enhancements, Cisco and Juniper SSL VPN support)


  • Improved data throughput performance in low-signal 4G environments
  • Improved stability of data connectivity during after Airplane Mode is disabled


  • Increased overall battery life
  • Improved battery life when using Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) Bluetooth® enabled headsets


  • Improvements in camera performance and user interface enhancements


  • Updated VZ Navigator® with the latest 3D map improvements
  • Added V CAST App
  • Updated Google applications including new versions of Music and Talk, as well as added Google Videos

Visual Voicemail:

  • Resolved issues so messages can be marked as read
  • Improved message playback to resume when audio is switched to speaker
  • Updated to allow subscription or unsubscription while connected with Wi-Fi
  • Eliminated error associated with pressing back key after playback

Mobile Hotspot:

  • Improved security
  • Updated permissions to successfully allow other devices to connect to all Internet websites

User Interface:

  • Updated email icon for better visibility.
  • Included new icon graphics on the Homescreen and Application tray
  • Improved device stability when moving between home screen panels


  • Updated multimedia ringtones to permit saving
  • Updated favorite contacts widget
  • Resolved issue to correctly show the remaining download time when performing an Over The Air (OTA) update

Additional Information There is no charge for this upgrade other than the usual data connection charges. Subject to change without notice. If you have difficulty with this upgrade, visit us at http://www.motorola.com/mydroidrazr

Certain features, services and applications are network dependent and may not be available in all areas; additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. Specific functionality and features with each software version of Android may vary. Contact your service provider for details.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Used under license. The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by their proprietor and used under license. Google is a trademark of Google, Inc. All other product and service names are the property of their respective owners. ©2012 Motorola Mobility Inc. All rights reserved.

Cheers Droidzilla!

  • Jspumphrey

    Its live boys and girls

  • Guttatae22

    Downloading now

  • Anonymous

    received mine ota about 2 hours ago.. central Indiana

  • Mark Slomski

    For everybody’s question as ive seen with all updates. and also the razr gnex bashing there is alot of mis information and the question takes hours to get answered. so to cut to the chase without the phone bashing and really it’s getting old now, people need to grow up. I just got the update in P.A. and minor changes noticed so far a couple icon changes, more bloatware (thanks verizon) 🙁 and the most important i was stock and rooted and my phone KEPT root after the update. and no i did not do the root backup app never used it.

    • Anonymous

      haven’t used the camera yet to see any performance enhancements, but did notice some visual enhancements in the setting drawer.

  • Jerry

    just completed the update. you will loose root, but Voodoo OTA Keeper got your back cover w/o any issues. new bloatware added…..

  • Guest

    Is this out already? My Razr Maxx is still not seeing any updates

    • Jerry

      go to Google Services Framework in Applications (ALL), clear data and retry System Update check…. you will get it. I don’t get credit on this tip, a XDA member does.

  • You’re welcome. 

  • Jake

    I got the update about an hour ago. The only changes I see so far are, my TEXT icon is a blue icon w/ a sideways smiley face. The options/setting menu now has colored icons next to them. And they rearranged the order of things when you bring up the menu on the homescreen.

    • Jerry

      and…. you kept root?

      • My phone isn’t rooted. 

      • Mark Slomski

        I just got the OTA update on my razr it was rooted with the one click method and complete stock and after the update i had the minor changes with the settings and icons. I also kept root so no rerooting the phone 

        • Jerry

          thanks Mark, do really appreciate real feed back then just bashing. if you don’t my me asking, which one click method did you use? I’ve always did the old-school method using adb command lines method. I did have to reload root using voodoo. So, something in your one-click is superior. Thanks in advance.

          • Mark Slomski

            My computer has since crashed so i wasn’t able to find the onle click method i used but it looked like the one for the bionic. And this might make some people mad cuz i know it made me mad. I noticed this morning that I indeed lost root. please please please if everyone wants to keep root use voodoo root keeper. when i was in root explorer last night the app opened and gave me the granted SU permission, but when i tried to look around in the system folder i found out i was no longer rooted. Sorry for the confusion guys.


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  • Jim McClain

    Id trade my nexus for a maxx in a heartbeat, not see one update yet, 

    • Anonymous

      These are bug fixes for blur    not android os upgrades.

    • Tim242

      Your Nexus came with ICS. The Razr has yet to see that. Btw, the Nexus released with 4.01. It got an update to 4.0.2. 4.0.4 is coming OTA soon. It was leaked already. You could be on it very.easily, if you wanted. I don’t even believe you have a Nexus. You would not want to leave ICS for blurred GB.

      • Jim McClain

        I want a phone that does what its supposed to do, I love ics, but this phone has so many problems,i dont care about braging rights,

        • Tim242

          AOKP Milestone 3. Stock isn’t bad, but custom ROMs are what this phone is all about. Your no updates whining is flat out false. It came with 4.0.1. Updated to 4.0.2. 4.0.4 is coming soon. The leak is out for your pleasure. It has not even been out 2 months yet. Stop whining.

          • Jim McClain

            not whinning, this phone should not have been released yet,if you bought a car with this many problems,would you be happy ??

          • Tim242

            The phone has few problems. All software releases with bugs. They are working on it quickly. Since you are impatient, custom roms are out there.

  • Jim McClain

    we have not seen one update for the gnex yet

  • jerry

    Update is already downloading here in Los Angeles on my MAXX.

  • Anonymous

    Very happy with how Moto is coming out with these updates…. keep it up!

  • Lgreg64

    Can’t wait to see how the battery improvements affected the Maxx

    • Anonymous

      Getting better battery life today than I was yesterday on my MAXX.

  • Akashi

    I love how on DroidLife all the comments on anything related to Moto are unrelated whining/Nexus fanboyism instead of useful info on the update itself…

    • Anonymous

      people only do that if they feel someone may have something better than them…they have to justify, in their mind, they made the right choice.

  • It’s nice to see that Motorola still cares about the Bionic. Oh wait… that’s right, they popped out so many phones that only the new popular kids get updates.

    • Mark Slomski

      The bionic is about to be updated as well I own the Bionic, Razr, and Gnex and i saw something about a .902 for bionic update i’ll fire up my bionic and see if i get anything. and nothing yet OTA for my Gnex.

  • Anonymous

    The update last week was 6.12.173 as well, is this a new update or just a new changelog?

    • Anonymous

      New changelog

  • Anonymous


    • reyalP

      The Bionic was outdated when it was released.  They are focusing on the razr, razr maxx and droid 4.  I wouldn’t expect the Bionic will get even less attention moving forward. It’s only expected though.  Glad I sold mine when I did!

      • Anonymous

        OUT dated? Really? How so? It has 1gig of DDR2 ram, a 1GHz dual core? 1080P video and camera. HDMI out, 4.3 display, face camera. 4430-TI OMAP processor, 2500+ quadrant. OUT DATED? I’m not so sure. 

        • Q

          Yah, all these people hating on the Bionic and loving the RAZR completely confuse me.  Other than the screen and form factor, The devices are nearly identical

          • Anonymous

            no need to care..if you like your phone that is all that matters.

        • doctorOta

          Outdated in terms of release.  I believe the point he is making is the bionic was followed up with the Razr and Razr maxx plus the droid 4 coming soon making it dated in Moto’s eyes.  Why would they update a phone with less appeal and fan base than the 3 headliners out now?  From a marketing standpoint it’s better to push out updates to your appealing products and worry about the old releases later.

      • Anonymous

        My Bionic has had 4 reboots since I got it the day it came out. My data drops are once maybe twice a week and only last maybe 30 seconds. The last update made my camera faster. I’ve not had hardly any issues with mine. I love my Bionic and all the good things I hear about the update, I can’t wait to get it. Updates are fun right….

  • Anonymous

    It aint hard to tell what phone Verizon and Moto are investing there time and effort in.. 

    • ddevito

      For now…that might last for another 6 weeks.

      • Anonymous

        Your probably right about that so I’ll take what I can get now..

  • MFG

    I want Smart Actions on my Nexus. 

    • ddevito

      It’s called rooting and flashing a custom kernel.

      • MFG

        Oh really? And which ROM has Smart Actions?

        • ddevito

          I was implying that a custom kernel will save you battery

          • MFG

             Ah, ok. I am running GummyNex, getting good battery life. I’d like Smart Actions for the convenience.

          • Anonymous

            Shoulda’ bought a RAZR™, then [dangle preposition]…

            Hey, when did you give up your iDud?

    • TC Infantino

      Yeah, I am hoping that a Dev will sort through the Smart Actions code and design an app we can all buy that will do the same things.  From what I have read of Smart Actions it has some pretty cool and useful functions. 

  • Motorola Releases Full 6.12.173 Update Changelog for DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX STILL NO UNLOCKED BOOTLOADER


    • Anonymous

      Yet we are able to make calls without our mic turning off…

    • Anonymous

      who cares, the RAZR’s work unlike your plastic toy phone

      • Tim242

        The Razor has a lot of plastic in it.

        • Jim McClain

          so why is that a bad thing, all phones do

          • Tim242

            It’s not bad at all. People give plastic a bad name. The Nexus is very solid feeling plastic. Nexus haters think it’s a bad thing.

  • guest

    If I upgrade from the leaked files will that throw me off the upgrade path????

    • Anonymous

      From what I’m hearing it shouldn’t (use at your own risk, of course).

    • Anonymous

      If you just do the 6.12.173 build you should be fine.

  • Guest

    do you lose root access?

    • Jrmauser

      Yes I’m with you, do you lose root?

  • Aven

    Downloaded! What I need now is a Razr Maxx.

  • Anonymous

    I’m in the soak, so I’ll be able to try this out over the next couple of days. I’m very anxious to see if this improves battery on 4G. My 3G battery life is epic, but 4G tends to chew up mAh like a fat kid chews brownies.

    • Anonymous

      Can you screen shot the launcher for us to see any difference?

      • Anonymous

        Text messaging icon is changed. That’s all I can tell so far. Why they (VZW I’m sure) added Mog Music when we already have Google Music is beyond me.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I hate the bloatware additions. They don’t bother me too much other than taking up space in my app drawer (and some occasional background processes that don’t really seem to affect battery life), so I guess it’s OK.

          • Anonymous

            At least you can hide it.

          • Anonymous

            I use ADW Launcher EX, so I can’t. But that 3D ADW app drawer is oh so sexy (from the original AOSP Gingerbread).

          • Anonymous

            I like Launcher Pro.  I know it doesn’t get very much dev support, but it works the way I like it.  Also with LP you can hide bloatware apps.  I was never really impressed with ADW.

    • how many hours are you getting on 3G? i can only get about 10 hours with about an hour and a half of display on time and my android OS is always around 30%. thats just with internet browsing texting and maybe like 10 minutes of light games.

      • Anonymous

        I get 17+ hours on 3G only (with a couple of 4G browsing sessions).

        • are you stock nonrooted? how do you have your smart actions set up? ive tried everything and i cannot get mine to last through the day. how much display time do you have after that much time? what percentage is your android OS taking up? sorry for all the questions, im the only person i know with a razr so i havent been able to compare to anyone 

          • Anonymous

            Stock, nonrooted. I only have Smart Actions set up for convenience things like silencing my ringer while I’m at work. I do a couple of things to conserve battery, but I need a constant data connexion in order to get GVoice texts and GTalk IMs (I don’t have, use, or need a texting plan) as well as GMail.

            I get decent battery life. For instance: yesterday I had the phone off the charger at 7AM. I ran it on 3G only for about half the time and 3G/4G for the other half. I did a little bit of internet browsing, texting, Google+, Fruit Ninja, some Pandora streaming on 3G, and a couple of reboots (no issues; just checking for updates). No WiFi since I don’t use WiFi (unlimited data). By 12:30AM I put it back on the charger at 15%. If I had run it more in 3G only, it would have been even better.

            There are a lot of tricks you can use to get better battery life, but it really will depend on your usage habits and needs. I’ll try to outline a few of them, starting with what I do. I’ll also tell you some common problems.

            My setup is pretty simplistic. I want good battery life, but at the same time I want to use my device for all of the awesome that I bought it for (if I wanted a gimped device, I’d have purchased an iPhone). I use data all the time, background synch is on, live wallpapers, auto brightness. That said, there are some things I do to mitigate runaway power loss. First and absolutely foremost on these devices (though this new update might help; don’t know, yet): run in 3G when you don’t need 4G. In fact, for most applications, you don’t need 4G. The following are the only things that benefit from 4G speeds:
            -internet browsing (marginal benefit)
            -video streaming (huge benefit)
            -downloading files (huge benefit)
            -interactive gaming (mild or high benefit depending on the game; I don’t do this, so I can’t actually say)
            -Voice and data at the same time (not possible in 3G only mode)

            That’s pretty much it. Streaming HQ audio, GPS navigation, forum browsing via an app, etc. are all identical on 3G and 4G speeds.

            You must make sure you’re actually running in 3G only and not simply using 3G. If you don’t specifically turn the 4G antenna off, it is drawing power. Lots of it. Go to Home –> Menu –> Settings –> Wireless and Networks –> Mobile Networks –> Network Modes. There you have the option of CDMA/LTE or CDMA only. CDMA only is 3G, CDMA/LTE is 3G/4G. I can’t stress enough what a battery saver this is.

            Next, I take advantage of my screen’s tech. This is a sAMOLED display, so the blacks are actually black. Having a background that’s mainly black will help save battery (and one that is mainly white or coloured will sap battery). For instance, set Kindle to a black background with white text. Use AK Notepad with a black background and white text. Use a wallpaper that has mainly black for its colour (this is one I use: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.kalicinscy.wallpaper.starfield&feature=search_result&pli=1). Not only will this save battery, but it looks really slick on the sAMOLED display; really pops.

            The next step I took is potentially very important, but could be useless to some: get rid of poorly coded apps. A lot of apps out there are not written very well, and they will constantly poll the CPU and take your device out of low power, standby mode. The built in battery life bit won’t help on this front. If you have an app that’s polling the CPU every 20 seconds for a second, it will only register 3 seconds a minute for “usage;” a mere 3 minutes an hour. It will look benign. But, in reality, it could be forcing your RAZR to come out of standby thus increasing battery usage. There are a couple of ways to tell what’s killing your usage: the easy way, and the hard way.
            -Easy: Install Watchdog Lite and see what’s been using up CPU cycles. If you have something that’s been using up CPU cycles but you don’t really use it, either dump the app or set it so it only updates when you tell it to. This is a nice, simple thing to do (uninstall Watchdog when you’ve finished using it for now, since it takes up background cycles), but it’s still not foolproof.
            -Hard: Factory reset. Add apps back one at a time and use the phone for a little bit after adding each app. If you just added an app and suddenly your battery life drops, you’ve found your culprit. This is a foolproof method, but it takes a lot of work and you can’t use all your apps right away.

            Radios are another one. Turn the WiFi radio off when you’re not using WiFi. You can set a little toggle widget on your homescreen to do just that. Ditto Bluetooth (BT sucks battery like a . . . well, you get my point). You can turn off GPS, too, but I found it’s more hassle than it’s worth. GPS doesn’t suck much battery, and if it’s off it takes forever to get a fix once you turn it back on (I leave it on all the time and my GPS fixes are always very fast and ridiculously accurate).

            Last thing. If you don’t need a constant data connexion and people mainly reach you by phone or text, you can really take advantage of Smart Actions. For example, you can set a Smart Action to kill mobile data when your screen is off. This alone will almost assuredly double your battery life, but you won’t get IMs, email notifications, G+ notifications, etc. when your screen is off with this. Speaking of which, you can also turn off notifications for things like that (Facebook is a killer) and set apps to simply update notifications when they’re in use only.

            If you need to know more, just ask! This phone can get great battery life, but you have to play with it a little bit. If you look at a setup like mine, though, you can see that it doesn’t have to be crazy.

    • mario7

      If you are on the Soak you whould know you can not talk about it.  Certainly should not.

  • John

    Fastest Moto update ever?