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Original DROID RAZR Receiving Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Build 98.72.8 (Updated)

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According to a number of readers with the original RAZR and RAZR MAXX, a massive update weighing in at 331MB and build number 98.72.8 is pushing out. There are no signs of an official update going out from any of the regular spots, so we aren’t sure if this is Jelly Bean, and someone at Motorola accidentally flipped the “Go!” switch or what. The build number starting with a 9 certainly resembles previous Jelly Bean updates on other Motorola phones. The RAZR HD’s update dropped in at 9.1.41.

As we have more, we’ll update this post. 

Update:  Most are reporting that the update is taking forever to download and that there isn’t much of a progress bar. Some claiming it’s Jelly Bean, but we have no confirmation yet. I’m also downloading it on my RAZR. Still updating…

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Update 2:  Readers AlanJulianne, and whozat451 posted up this screenshot, matching the build number of 98.72.8, which also shows that it’s Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2). Merry Xmas, DROID RAZR owners.

jelly bean droid razr

Update 3:  We should point out that we have yet to hear anything official from Verizon or Motorola. Someone either screwed up badly and made this available early, or we’ll hear all about it on Wednesday morning, when everyone returns to work.

Update 4:  The update may have been pulled. My download stopped midway through, as did many others’, saying that the “Download of update failed.” The phone is now showing as up-to-date. Assuming Moto and Verizon caught the early rollout and pulled from servers.


Update 5:  Here is a download link (via Shamo316) to the file for those that want to venture into the land of Jelly Bean. I should warn you that we do not know if this is a final build or not. It could be, but today’s update push also may have been a giant mistake. Proceed with caution. Drop on SD card (not internal storage), boot into recovery, select the file and update. Need to be on .211.

Manually install update:

  • Download file from above and drop on SD card (not internal storage)
  • Power phone off
  • Hold Power and both Volume Up and Down until boot screen appears
  • From boot screen, scroll down to “Recovery” with Volume Down
  • Press Volume Up to select it once it has been highlighted
  • When Android and exclamation show up, press both Volumes at the same time.
  • Then “install update from external storage” and find the file.

Cheers Bryan, Alex, @semcc9, John and @Daleinboro!

  • Cyberkrinn

    I did not get that download for my Razr Maxx and am still running 4.0.4 (ICS) which turned my phone into the Exorcist child. I am dying to try out 4.1.2 (JB) just so I can see if we can exorcise the demon. I really loved my phone pre-ICS.

  • fishter

    Didnt work….tried three times failed evertime

  • justin lott

    until i get jelly bean on my phone i use holo launcher and holo locker … they work really good on my razr maxx

  • cocks`

    Is this gonna work on europe RAZR as well?

  • Vorticists’Suite

    I’ve noticed wifi issues and poor battery life on this build but well worth the speed and stability gains. Also, when booting the device, the Motorola logo no longer displays the “dual core technology” title.

  • Justin

    Worked great! Make sure you back up pictures even on SD card. After update all pics and bids were gone on both phone and SD card.

  • WebDevJeremy

    White text on a black background… With no options to reverse/revert… f#cking genius… 🙁

  • CzechRooster

    Has anyone had bluetooth-share issues after the jellybean update?

  • will this delete all of my data/apps?

    • CzechRooster


  • junior

    how do i get it now that the release date has passed

  • Charles Henson

    I downloaded the update file and updated manually. How will I remove this if a later build is released when the official official OTA update is pushed by the end of first quarter?

    • CzechRooster

      If the new update is diff., it will simply replace the current one.

      • Charles Henson


  • Jshanecook

    After I boot from recovery. There are so many on the list to choose from. Can anyone steer me in the correct order?

  • frunkrizzo88

    Works great,love the jelly bean on my razr

  • dmcky

    When I load up the files into the SD card and follow the process here, I get to the step where I boot in recovery and have to find the file, but for some reason, I cant see and FILES. I click install from external memory, and all of the directories are there and I can browse through them fine, but I cant see any files in the directories at all. This happen to anyone else?

  • Hope it works. Its installing now….

    • Google Play doesn’t work. Any reason why not, did I miss something?

  • Adria Nicole

    Downloaded yesterday. Took about 30 minutes total. So far no issues, very smooth. No connectivity problems. Thanks so much for posting!

  • Installed on original droid RAZR last night works great its smooth but not much else changed adobe flash is glitchy

  • Gabriel Denmark

    Need some help with this. I put the file on my SD card but when I navigate to it from the phone, I do not see the folder. Even if I did see it, which file would start the installation? Pardon my ignorance.

    • When I did it last night I put it in the downloads file on my SD card then you can access it from the boot menu