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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.

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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!

  • nate

    My notification bar says: download suspended. Will resume shortly.

    • got the same message

    • bradleyem

      Try connecting to wifi. It is a huge file and sometimes it won’t download over 3g/4g. Plus it is much faster over wifi.

    • mr.noob

      Force install


      Manually install without root..
      1. Download an place in external storage
      2. Have your phone charged at least 70% (just in case)
      3.Boot into stock recovery (turning off the phone and turning back on pressing at the same time volumes up and down , scroll to recovery and choose it pressing volume (up) ..
      4.From there you should get the android abortion , press volumes up and down once more an it should look familiar from there wipe cache ( don’t worry , your stuff won’t erase) and install update from SD card ** it should take about 8 min an you are ready to go ** JELLY BEAN VERSION (4.1.2 ). enjoy.

      • brad

        I know this is a noob question but when the download is finished how do i move it to the sd card?

        • mr.noob

          it has to be external sd card (sd card you put in), just download it connect you computer your phone (select mass storage) and put it on your external sd card. If you cant connect your computer to phone download it and use the “my file manager app” to move it to your external sd.

          To use internal (if you dont have an external) you need root. Use root explorer or any other root explorer such es file exp. with root enables and move to file to /system/cache. Dont wipe cache partition follow the instruction and instead of “install update from sd card” something like “install zip from cache partition” reboot. I suggest you factory data reset if you have any lag or other issues.

        • mr.noob

          you can just download it from your phone

  • Julianne

    It’s true, it’s Jelly Bean!!

  • Capt. Crunch

    Yes yes yes! Bye any way to download it?

  • This is taking forever.. Like waiting for Dad to drag his hung-over ass down the stairs on Christmas morning so we can start tearing into stuff.

  • whozat451

    Almost there…

    Android is upgrading….
    Optimizing app 57 of 119

    • JordanMcRae

      Screen shots ASAP

  • AsosaYoung

    Nothing here in Cali

  • Dirge

    Nothing yet on my droid razr… UGH!!! COME ON! haha 😛

  • Alan Marchman

    Definitely Jelly Bean.

    • Capt. Crunch

      Any way to force the update?

      • Thomaswildchild

        yes. From home open about phone and then system update. Should prompt you from there!

        • Capt. Crunch

          Tried that didn’t work (Cleveland)
          Edit: I’m rooted so I’m going to try flashing ICS through RSD Lite and trying again. Haha I really want this update.

          • Go to apps. “All Apps”
            Find “Google Services Framework”
            Force Quit then go and try to pull it.
            Worked for me

          • Capt. Crunch

            Tried that too, guess I’ll just have to wait until someone saves the file or I get the OTA

          • mr.noob


            Manually install without root..
            1. Download an place in external storage
            2. Have your phone charged at least 70% (just in case)
            3.Boot into stock recovery (turning off the phone and turning back on pressing at the same time volumes up and down , scroll to recovery and choose it pressing volume (up) ..
            4.From there you should get the android abortion , press volumes up and down once more an it should look familiar from there wipe cache ( don’t worry , your stuff won’t erase) and install update from SD card ** it should take about 8 min an you are ready to go ** JELLY BEAN VERSION (4.1.2 ). enjoy.

          • It didn’t work. My sdcard doesn’t show the file. I thought you don’t have to be rooted. Please help.

          • mr.noob

            you have to place it on your external (the sd card that goes in and out, not inernal) for it to work without root.

            If you don’t have an external sd card you will need to place it on your internal sd and the only way you can update using internal is by putting it on cache partition which is a system file and requires root to gain access to. So you would need root (which would take like 2-5 minutes) without an external sd card so i didn’t mention that.

          • Caleb

            Where is the Cache partition?

          • mr.noob

            if you want to know how to root it its supper simple http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vclsXT-_AHE

          • Scott.H

            Not for me. 🙁

            My wife’s pulled automatically, but I can’t even force it. 🙁

          • didn’t work for me

          • Ian M

            Doesn’t work:/ any other ideas please

      • mr.noob


        Follow the instructions on the first post and get the file from this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jn5xm5hdlxc8j9k/Blur_Version.6.16.211.XT912.Verizon.en.US.zip

        YOU DONT NEED ROOT but if you have root use ota keeper

        • pabloec16

          link down to much traffic or some bs like that

    • chris125

      ha this has a newer version of android than their razr hd/hd maxx lol

      • schoat333

        It has a newer official version than the LTE Gnex too.

        • So sad…

          • tomn1ce

            Sad, is not the word to describe what vzw did to the poor G-Nexus. They’re treating the G-Nexus like a step child or something…

          • and finally that worked and it told me i’m up to date. anyone else have that issue?http://www.MillionaireProjects2013.qr.net/jW6X/SpecialJob20=dWQvoSHLbIE

          • Justin Howard

            Do you know if anyone has anyone successfully updating to Jelly Bean ota? have you heard of anyone? and if so do you know how to get it pushed to our RAZR phones?

          • bradleyem

            I have successfully updated on my phone, and the update is downloading to my wifes phone as well. On my phone, I didn’t do anything. There was a download pending (it didn’t say WHAT the download was), and it had a notification that said “download suspended”. I switched to wifi and it resumed downloading. Once I saw it was an update, I used OTA Rootkeeper to preserve root, then temporarily remove root. Applied the update, and used OTA Rootkeper to restore root. All is well so far. On my wifes phone, I went to Settings>About Phone>System Updates, and it started to download the update, but then I also got the “download suspended” notification. So, I connected to wifi and it’s downloading now.

          • beyedup

            I used the update file link found here in Droid Life and installed. I did not unroot before installing update from sd card. then went back in to OTA Rootkeeper and restored root with no problem.

          • master94

            Installed on my phone after 2 tries. Be glad it didn’t on yours. Feels unfinished. Very smooth but the camera lags between shots and Fox fi wont work.

          • Update my OG RAZR to it. Had to download the OTA from Droid Life. Currently, my RAZR MAXX is on stock and I keep checking for an update and nothing has happened yet. I think it was supposed to be a limited release before the actual OTA is pushed out.

          • fanboy1974

            I switched to the Note 2 from the Nexus and it’s still sad to hear this. Verizon will never have a true Nexus device. Especially one at $300 to $350 off contract. It’s why I can’t look at the Nexus 4.

            At least my “Verizon” Note 2 has a unlocked bootloader now. Better than any Motorola device sold today.

          • El Big CHRIS

            Not for me. i rooted and rom’ed that bitch. You cannot depend on Verizon for updates, and besides the phone has an unlockable bootloader and massive dev support. that’s a win for me.

          • michael arazan

            I’d love a stock rom that is only a stock update to JB 4.2 gor the Gnex

          • tech247

            The closest you will get is Shiny ROM. Alfonso got a life and stopped updating Bugless Beast. Shiny is close to stock and more importantly, is very stable. http://rootzwiki.com/topic/36706-romaosp42112232012-shiny-ota-like-stock-android-421-jop40d-no-bugs/

          • it was trying to download forever and all of a sudden it said “downloading update failed”,http://www.GoogleProjectGetPosition1.qr.net/jWVG/C1DZAT=ogiWXWaVZfT

          • Liquidmark

            stop spamming

          • For real

        • Daniel Clifford

          That is stupid. As in totally ridiculous. Good think I rooted and am running Shiny. 4.2.1 ftw

          • ckeegan

            Yeah, I’m running Shiny on my GNex too, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I wish I had MAXX HD battery life. Absolutely love my Nexus, but if Verizon if going to hold up updates anyway, I might as well consider non-Nexus devices. Either that, or I would consider AT&T now, since my market is almost totally covered in LTE now.

            I’ve been a Verizon customer (er, Bell Atlantic Mobile) since 1994, but they are REALLY starting to piss me off.

          • Verizon Wireless has only been around since 2000

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            wait….what does that have to do with anything?

          • AlienIlluminati

            Verizon has been around since 1913, but under a different name. As far as wireless goes, GTE mobile customers are the first customers. The name just changed to Verizon. My sister has been a customer since the big brick phone of the 80’s.

          • C-Law

            Yeah I was with gte back in the day

          • ckeegan

            Hence “er, Bell Atlantic Mobile” in parentheses. Thanks for the input though.

          • Caleb

            Verizon Wireless has been around since the early mid 80’s. It was not known as Verizon, it was known as air touch, then the name changed later to Cellular One, then to Verizon.

          • tomn1ce

            How’s shiny, is it stable, I’m currently on Bugless Beast but I miss the customization that AOKP offers…

          • ckeegan

            Came from BB myself, and no complaints about the switch. Very stable, and almost 0 issues since switching over and getting everything setup. I say that because I did have BIG issues trying to restore from Titanium. To the point where it made more sense to start over. I believe that these conflicts are exactly why BB isn’t at 4.2 yet.

          • Daniel Clifford

            So far its been awesome, very fast and very clean. The developer has lots of communication as well.

          • Frankly, I want to switch to T-mobile. Google seems to be relying solely on T-mobile to deploy the Nexus line. Let’s hope that T-mobile’s LTE deployment goes as planned.

          • ckeegan

            Came from BB myself, and no complaints about the switch. Very stable, and almost 0 issues since switching over and getting everything setup. I say that because I did have BIG issues trying to restore from Titanium. To the point where it made more sense to start over. I believe that these conflicts are exactly why BB isn’t at 4.2 yet.

          • Justin Kos

            HD maxx battery life? I have 3 gnex battery’s and a bootleg battery charger ..beat that RAZR maxx

          • ckeegan

            Yeah, because that’s totally comparable. I have two batteries for my GNex and I can still burn through them in one night out, starting with both fully charged.

          • Brian

            How about putting your phone down for five minutes and actually enjoying your night out?

          • ckeegan

            That is just occasional use over an 8 hour night.

          • justin lott

            so what if he uses his phone all the time like i do but mine dont die as fast

          • justin lott

            motorola droid razr maxx has a 3300 mah battery and 3 galaxy nexus batterys arent going to help cuz each battery lasts an hour depending on how you use the device but they die quicker than moto razr maxx

        • Yea what in the hell…

      • kixofmyg0t

        Verizon has yet to approve the 4.1.2 build for the HD.

        Trust me though, it exists.

        • chris125

          Still doesn’t change the fact as of now this is on a newer version than their “flagship RAZR HD line”

          • kixofmyg0t

            Um ok? I’m not arguing that. All I’m saying is a 4.1.2 build for the HD exists and has yet to receive verizon approval.

            You do know how the update situation works with Verizon right? How else can you explain that the RAZR is running a newer version of android than the Galaxy Nexus officially?

      • beyedup

        Yeah, but this version doesn’t come with alot of the JB goodies. It doesn’t give you Circles widget, new launcher, new lock screen animation, boot logos or animation.
        I did put this on 3 devices. 1 Droid RAZR Maxx and 2 Droid RAZR’s. You need to download the Motorola apps package for the Circle widget,Weather and Razr M launcher.

        It is alot better than 4.0.4 definitely ! And flashing it from the sd card is simple and very easy. Just follow the steps given. But it is still stripped down a little from other versions.

        • Rocko21

          Where do you find the app packages

        • michaelhacker

          Where do you get the Motorola Apps Package?

    • Yay!

    • Jeepowner

      Cool thanks for the screen print! 🙂

    • Buckoman

      Are there any bugs? I would love to know before flashing this.

    • LiterofCola

      Auto-downloaded itself on Christmas Eve, yay!

  • chris125

    Looks like some one hit the go when they shouldn’t have

  • master94

    Just got the update

  • AlienIlluminati

    I’ll wait until about a month to do some research before I update it. Newer isn’t always better. I hear it takes Foxfi away, which is far more valuable than saying “Woohooo, I have Jelly Bean!”. IJS

  • My wife got notified but was watching Netflix with my boy and he clicked update later. Hurray for jellybean! Still gotta wait for my bionic to get it now

  • pjuser

    Thank you Verizon for the wonderful Christmas present – I love jelly beans!!!

    • Capt. Crunch

      All I want for Christmas from moto was JB and well here we go

  • Detonation

    Do I need to be unrooted to get the update?

  • tharealoc

    My phone says it’s up to date….noooo i want jellybean for Christmas.

  • etowery22

    Jelly Bean here too!!

  • Rhae

    Jelly Bean! Sorry, too excited

  • Rhae

    Finished mine, omg it’s Jenny Bean! Merry Christmas!

    • FoxKat

      Jenny Bean? Let’s see some pics of her! LOL!

  • why heck can’t I pull this??

  • etowery22


  • Josh

    Downloading in Erie, PA…..Is there a way to see the current progress of the download?

  • Scott H

    My wife’s Maxx popped up automatically and is downloading now. I checked for an update manually on mine and it says I’m up to date. 🙁

  • GD

    currently downloading. STL, MO

  • Larry

    Just started D/ling here as well (Las Vegas). Temp unroot and praying root comes back 🙂

  • its taking forever!!!! about an hour in now

  • Alex Schechter

    can someone tell us what the “release notes” say? Or is that just legal stuff?

  • Detonation

    Stock rooted ICS but I have a lot of apps (bloat) frozen in TiBu and am not getting the update. Would unfreezing those help?

  • Alan Marchman

    It just got done on my wife’s RAZR. It’s Jelly Bean!

  • Sobr0801

    I don’t even own a RAZR and I am excited for you guys!

  • I tried installing it but since I’m rooted it fails.

  • trying to pull the update .zip, but its not in /cache. help, anyone?

    • I’m wondering about applying the update .zip too…

  • Etowery22

    I am currently downloading it. im at 35%

    • Bryan

      How do you see the progress? My update screen says it is downloading an update, but I can’t see the progress anywhere.

      • same here…dont see a progress bar…just says its downloading

  • I tried to pull it and it says my system is up to date (razor maxx)

  • Screenshots, folks!

    • pjuser

      phone is inoperable at the moment with the little green guy on my screen and a bar that is slowly filling up below it

      • Well at least it finished downloading. If it’s JB, it’ll take a while for the update to run.

  • I just received a message that my download was suspended and will resume shortly?

    • Brian

      Same here….

    • DavidM

      I got that too, cuz my wi-fi cut off. But it’s not resuming when it comes back on. No clue why.

  • pjuser

    taking a long time to download – don’t know what it is…

    • pjuser

      just restarting

  • Alex Schechter

    What a Christmas miracle this would be. If it’s actually JB I might convert haha

  • Sandcrab3

    Nothing happing on my RAZR MAXX

    • Alex Schechter


  • adam

    I don’t know if i should download it because FoxFi doesn’t work on Jelly Bean phones…

    • Don’t do it. An update is not the same as an upgrade. Foxfi is too valuable to lose. I wish I still had GB. My HD Docking station sucks now.

      • adam

        it’s confirmed as jelly bean. i am definitely not upgrading…

    • p0k3y

      That would be my concern too. Wonder if the stock Mobile Hotspot app works with the SQLLite hack? Anyone knows?

  • Someone pull it before flashing!

  • Anyone have the files yet? my phone isn’t showing it…

  • I postponed the update, as I wish I never accepted the ICS update in the first place. Jellybean can’t be much worse, can it? Luckily I have a Droid Bionic with GB still.

    • Why would you keep your Bionic on GB? That phone was a POS on Gingerbread. It actually runs really well on ICS.

      • CaptainKGB

        Does ics destroy the functionality of bluetooth media buttons, like on the razr, does ics ruin the my music app (the only app the media buttons sometimes work with on ics razr) on the bionic like it did the razr, or doea it forget what you were listening to 5 minutes ago and make you reload a playlist, like the ics razr? Besides I need to get on my banks website and on an ibm server for work that won’t work with FF chrome or browser, but work flawlessly with the webtop firefox. I also hate how often I can’t answer a call, because i am in another app when it rings, and the phone screen comes on and the screen stops responding for a minute, under ics razr.

    • ICS on the bionic is light years better than gb. You’ll be much happier. Trust me.

    • CaptainKGB

      I thought I was the only one to revert back to my bionic after the ics pushed to my razr.

  • ams165

    getting it now or its trying to take it for my OG Razr.
    Im in NH..

    • bryan

      im in nh too, i got nothing!

  • Bryan

    My phone is currently downloading it. Taking forever!

  • tgfree

    I got the update notification on my Razr Maxx about 20 min ago…hasnt started download yet. I will keep you updated.

  • Alex Schechter

    It would be a Christmas miracle…

  • Waiting for my download to complete to see what it is. Nothing listed about it anywhere, but a nice early Christmas present maybe.

  • Danrarbc

    With that size it’s gotta be JB.

  • i’m rooted so it keeps failing on me. Might have to unroot if I want to find out what this update is.

    • schoat333

      use OTA root keep.

      Protect root

      Temp unroot

      do update

      restore root after reboot.

      • Will do 😀 THanks!!!

      • DavidM

        I tried using voodoo’s OTA rootkeeper after I started the dl. Will it still work, do you know?

        • schoat333

          it should work fine as long as you did it before you install the update.

      • I’m running a custom rom using safestap..what would be the best way to go about getting the update? I was thinking of using TiBu to backup all the apps and settings then using Matt’s utility to fastboot back to stock recovery and ROM and from there just use OTARootKeeper to protect root and temp unroot.

  • I’m downloading it now. It’s a Christmas miracle!! (Maxx)