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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!

  • bradleyem

    Ok, I’ve got the update completed, and some notes:

    1. Webtop is still there and working.

    2. OTA Rootkeeper seems to have preserved root.

    3. Mobile hotspot is still functional as before.

    The phone seemes to be very responsive, and there is much more available RAM being reported. (~302MB with no apps running vs ~200MB previously)

    Again, if the download stalls, and has the “download suspended” notification, try connecting to wifi. Also, make sure the battery is charged.

    • bradleyem

      Also, as with any major update, if you encounter wierd issues, then a hard reset may be the fix. I will wait to see if I have any problems before trying a hard reset.

    • Pvtcarnage

      do you have the file you can upload by any chance?

  • Blaik

    What the hell motorola/verizon

    • TBI

      My thoughts exactly. I had the prompt, then download failed. WTF????

  • Updated post. It may have been pulled. My download stopped and now says up-to-date.

    • same here. Waiting for some kind soul to post the update file.

    • john

      someone in the comments left a link for the ota. Post it on the main article


  • I agree on the mess up thing. Most of these new widgets that are shown as part of Jelly Bean are not available on this release. Such as the new clock, weather and battery widget we see to the top right of this webpage. Also I’ve been trying to find and get Google Now (can’t located it anywhere on my phone). Functionally the phone is working smooth and hasn’t crashed on me (yet). My hunch is that all the bugs haven’t been worked out and those of us that got this to download today could see problems with this release.

    • Google Now is a feature in Google Search for phones on JB. The circles widget you’re seeing is also apparently exclusive the RAZR M, HD and MAXX HD. It’s a Moto widget, not stock android.

      • You’re right! I was searching the web to see how to enable Google Now, but your instructions helped me. Thanks much!

        • You’re welcome. You can get the circles widget by installing “One more clock” from the play store, but it doesn’t have the same functionality as the one on the RAZR M, HD and MAXX HD.

          • jboogie1289

            I installed the Circles Clock Widget from the Play Store for my wife’s Razr Maxx and one day it said that there was a Trojan virus attached to it. I quickly removed and ran my Lookout virus scan and nothing came up. I then researched it on the web and nothing. Just thought this was a little odd.

  • Shawn Goede

    My phone won’t download it says “download suspended will begin shortly” saying this for about 2 hrs any ideas any one?

    • michael

      restart that phone bro

    • I have the exact same message. After restarting the phone, it now says no update available. My wife’s phone says update failed.

    • bradleyem

      Again, if the download stalls, and has the “download suspended” notification, try connecting to wifi. Also, make sure the battery is charged.

  • I have a Rzar Verizon and my system says i’m up to date. still on ics. Does anyone have any info on this . When i could be updated.

  • What a joke. I have a Droid RAZR. However, it kept refusing to download and eventually gave a wifi only download reason. So, i moved to an area with wifi, and it said my phone is already up to date. Rebooted, and there’s no update available again. Not funny. If you screwed up on the release date, so be it. It happened, so let it be for all of us.

  • it stop downloading for me and now it saying it up to date.still icecream4.0.4

  • Blaik

    so i just checked my phone and it said download failed then i tried to pull it and it says my device is up to date. anything i can do here?

    • Burt

      My razr did the same thing, even after a reboot. I’d really like Jelly Bean for Christmas!

    • hushdrops

      Same exact here, even tried reboot, changing the date out to a future date, wifi, nothing will attempt to pull it again

    • Blaik

      yeah i restarted it and then force quit the google services framework, and im doing it all over wifi and still no go.

      • Justin Howard

        same thing here and nothing happened for me….I got the messages for the update but I took a screen shot and before I could hit install it disappeared and an error message showed up saying it failed 🙁

    • 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.

  • Barbacoa

    Hey is there a way to side load this mine failed to update

  • Gabriel

    Nothing for GSM Razr :'(

    • john

      droid razr CDMA, not gsm man

  • Was the update pulled?! Anyone found a source link to a file yet?

  • I got the update, but when I clicked to download it said it failed. Now it’s not letting me check for updates anymore. Anyone else had this problem? Know of a way to fix it?

  • Jeff

    This blows…Someone needs to upload an install…

  • mdmtbracer

    If this was a mistake, is there anyway to get the file from someone and flash it?

  • Cameron_Watt

    guessing i cant get it as im on the .215 with a maxx?

  • Tech_kid

    Royal ScrewUP for Motorola

  • Hharris

    Internet buzz is that the update was supposed to be for the European theater only…

  • Nakee

    My phone started downloading it, then failed. Sadly.

    • Sp4rxx

      same here – must have turned off the download midstream for us….

  • I had the download suspended message, and now it finally told me download failed. After trying to check for System Updates now it tells me my phone is up to date and no upgrade is available. Did they pull the plug on this error???

  • My phone updated and after 2 hours I still have the same Android and system version?

  • Well dammit! Looks like they pulled the update. That sucks! I really want the update!

  • Tech_kid

    What a messed up Christmas this will be for all Droid Razr owners

  • Looks like the update was pulled…mine was updating and a few minutes later the download failed. Now it’s telling me there’s no update. Did this happen to anyone else?

  • jenn

    My download failed and when i go to system update it says my device is up to date 🙁 how can i get it?

  • chase

    It had been updating for a few hours but then said the update failed.
    . Now it says my phones up to date but nothings changed.

  • troubled android user

    started the update then after awhile it says update failed I go into system updates and it says my device is up to date. HELP!

  • Scott Bateman

    Early Droid gets the new system, it seems.

  • It notified me that there was an update, then it failed to download and I searched for an update and nothing showed up.

  • Tech_kid

    I guess update has been pulled Download Failed Here in NY
    And says my phone is Up to date

  • aaron4996

    My update popped up, failed, and now it says I’m up to date but i still have the old version

    • Alex Schechter


    • Dang it, same here. Same thing happened to my wife’s razr. I Hope someone uploads the update file

  • brad

    I got the ota notification, started downloading it and it said download failed. Now i cant even pull it anymore…it says my device is up to date….arghhh soooo close

  • nate1287

    I think this is a screw up. My download failed + now it says my phone is up to date

  • maroonwarrior71

    it was trying to download forever and all of a sudden it said “downloading update failed”, gave me “check for update unavailable, try again later” and finally that worked and it told me i’m up to date. anyone else have that issue?

    • tonyj20

      same here

    • mikey

      Mine did the same thing.

    • AJ

      Same thing happened to me.

    • ap

      Same thing just happened to me

    • mdmtbracer

      just happened to me 🙁

    • Brandon majowicz

      Same thing in south oc

    • Bryan

      Mine did the same thing.

    • syed

      same here

    • same here. Let me know if anyone resolves the issue//

      • Russ LaFever

        mine did the same thing

    • THISguy

      I have the exact same issue. My phone lit up and told me I needed an update and as soon as I hit download it said “downloading update failed” and now I keep trying to pull the update manually and it keeps telling me I’m up to date! WTH!!!!!! Somebody help me! lol

    • hushdrops

      Same exact here, it was stuck at 75% forever b4 failing, nowcannot force update again

    • yea everyone having this issue as motorola pulled the update all of a sudden.

  • nooooooo I got the notification and it said your download will begin on off peak hours so i did a factory reset and now it says that my device is up to date 🙁

  • Dang. Iv been trying to pull the update. and it says my device is up to date. Then a few minutes later it says a update is ready. So i hit download. Then it said update failed. Maybe it will work later.

  • I think that this might be a screw up. From the time it notified me that there was an update it had the “download suspended …” notification. it just now said that download failed and when I tried to push the download it said that my device was up to date. rebooting now and will see if that fixes at all

    • still nothing

    • Dave

      It’s a screw up. The build hasn’t even been tested, how are they going to release it? Someone popped it onto the production server when it should have been placed on the testing server.

      • jboogie1289

        Yeah. Seems odd that there wasn’t anything from VZW so far as a landing page explaining what would be included in this update. Wonder if Moto is trying to keep up with or outdo HTC?

        • chris125

          HTC is pretty far behind, more like try to catch up with Samsung who is on a roll updating many of their devices to jb

          • jboogie1289

            And good luck to them in that venture! Lol.

    • mike

      no luck for me either same situation

  • I don’t know why someone would have to “screw up badly” to push this update out, unless its full of bugs. Like every update, we’ll download, install, complain and wait for the next one while complaining – the typical cycle of an android user.
    Speaking of complaining – where’s the JB update on my RAZR?

  • npooty

    I got the notification, hit download.. A few seconds later got download failed, then manually tried to start it again only to get the “Your device is up to date!” message.


    • Same thing happened to me after it said that download was suspended and would resume shortly…

      • npooty

        I didn’t even get a suspended and resume shortly message. Not even a whisper 🙁

  • Cgmartin33

    Can anyone post a screenie of the current build #/kernel before this update? I have no idea where I left off on this thing. I am rooted but not sure if I flashed a leak or if I am on the OTA ICS. Much appreciated…

    • David W. Astor

      ICS 4.0.4
      Build is: Sys.Ver. 6.16.211.XT912.Verizon.en.us
      Kernel is:3.0.8-g29cf5e7 [email protected] #1 6/14/2012
      Baseband: CDMA_N_05.11.01P LTEDC_U_09.11.00
      Build: 6.7.2-180_DHD-16_M4-31
      build date: Thu Jun 14 14:57:16 CDT 2012

      • Cgmartin33

        Thanks man…the Gnex has been my daily driver…I’ve been using the Razr for a business phone…but JB would be nice.

        • David W. Astor

          updated the other info too. yeah, I’ve moved on to other phones as well, but the RAZR is still physically my favorite.

          • cgmartin33

            Agreed…it just feels good in hand. It is built like a rock and amazingly thin. The only rough part to go back to is the screen resolution. I must have F’d myself somewhere because it looks like I am on System Version 6.14.75.XT912.Verizon.en.US and Kernel Version 3.0.8-g6f89f34 [email protected]#1

            Looks like I have some work to do to receive this…another reason I love the unlocked Gnex

          • David W. Astor

            Just noticed the reply. That’s strange with your ROM version… I just checked my update log (pasted it below) and I don’t see yours at all… It’s ICS but it looks like it came before the one I got. How’d you get one behind? and how’d I miss that ICS update? Here’s my RAZR official VZW OTA log:

            2012.12.24 JB 4.1.2 (FAIL)
            build: Sys.Ver. 98.72.8.XT912.Verizon.en.US
            baseband: CDMA_N_05.21.00R LTEDC_U_09.1D.00

            size: 331.7MB

            2012.06.29 ICS 4.0.4
            build: Sys.Ver. 6.16.211.XT912.Verizon.en.us
            baseband: CDMA_N_05.11.01P LTEDC_U_09.11.00
            kernel: 3.0.8-g29cf5e7 [email protected] #1 6/14/2012
            build#: 6.7.2-180_DHD-16_M4-31
            size: 343MB

            2012.04.24 Gingerbread 2.3.6
            build: Sys.Ver. 6.12.181.XT912.Verizon.en.US
            baseband: CDMA_N_04.07.01R LTEDC_U_07.1F.00
            kernel: [email protected] #1
            build#: 6.5.1-167_DHD-14_M3-8
            size: 17.4MB

            2012.02.09 Gingerbread 2.3.6
            build: Sys.Ver. 6.12.173.XT912.Verizon.en.US
            baseband: CDMA_N_04.06.00R LTEDC_U_07.1F.00
            kernel: [email protected] #2
            build#: 6.5.1-167_DHD-14_M2-5
            size: 151MB

            2011.12.23 Gingerbread 2.3.5
            build: Sys.Ver. 6.11.748.XT912.Verizon.en.US
            baseband: CDMA_N_03.1C.79P LTEDC_U_06.35.0B
            kernel: [email protected] #1
            build#: 6.5.1-73_DHD-11_M1-2
            size: 57.1MB

            2011.11.11 Gingerbread 2.3.5 (ORIGINAL LAUNCH ROM)
            build: Sys.Ver. 6.11.744.XT912.Verizon.en.US
            baseband: CDMA_N_03.1C.76P LTEDC_U_06.35.08
            kernel: [email protected] #1
            build#: 6.5.1-73_DHD-11_TA-3

            size: N/A

        • David W. Astor

          my update failed lol

    • GeoRob

      Hey guys if you are rooted use Matt Groff DroidRazrUtility 1.8 option 1 then flash from the SD card, there is a root checker built in it would not work until i did this.

  • yaboybt33

    so far i’m not impressed…it got rid of some of my apps and doesn’t do anything better and won’t let me access any pictures i’ve downloaded from texts or any videos i’ve taken or any screenshots….

  • Edward

    I love today best birthday present ever! Its my birthday Yup!

  • Does the new “Motoblur” UI come with it? Like the UI on the Razr M and Razr/Maxx HDs?

    • Capt. Crunch

      Yeah let’s see some homescreen pics

  • Jeff

    Mine wasn’t showing anything, I then switched to Wifi and it came up with “Download suspended. Will resume shortly… (0%). After waiting 10 min, I switched back to 4G but that’s still there… I want JB!

    • michaelhacker

      Restarting the phone seems to help get it started

      • Jeff

        I restarted, then it said failed, and now when I check for updates it says I am completely up to date 🙁

        • michaelhacker

          That’s so weird, after restarting, mine said download will start on wifi/off-peak, of course I’m now at 0% downloaded

          • Jeff

            Right that’s what mine said. So I connected to wifi then it pooped out.

          • michaelhacker

            Mine all of a sudden started…in the middle of the update now, hopefully it doesn’t die.

  • I just downloaded it and looks pretty sweet! My wife’s phone DID NOT download it. We both have RAZR MAXX (originals)

  • Jskinvest

    How long does this take. It has been an hour. When I switched from wifi to 4g I got the download suspended will resume shortly bar with 0%progress

  • J. Gilbertson

    All I want for my birthday is Jelly Bean!!! Happy Birthday/Christmas to me!!!

  • Patrick Wright

    I checked the system update in my settings, and it says an update is currently downloading, but I’m not seeing a progress bar. I’ll take it though, not a bad early Christmas present really.

  • Colton

    Anyone know if tether apps work? If not any ideas on root time?