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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!

  • Yes, I have JB on my RAZR suckuz!

  • Ross

    Thanks again Shamo!

  • Ross

    Grr why does Kellex keep deleting my post!

  • Dirge

    Well this sucks… so much for a Christmas surprise jelly bean style.

    • antwonw

      Look at Update 5 in the post above. It’s a piece of cake!

  • EddieA

    For those how downloaded/sideloaded the update, how’s it going for u? Any issues that you’ve experienced? I’ve downloaded the update but am somewhat hesitant to update.

    • antwonw

      No, it updated fine for me.

    • It gave me an error. Something about a kindle file? I will post the whole error in a min

  • jboogie1289

    Not to be off topic but I wonder how is it that Moto Razr’s got the 4.1.2 while Sammie’s got 4.1.1? What’s the difference in the two builds. I guess it would be different in terms of the two manufacturers offering different builds.

  • looks like i cant update i tried to do this in recovery and it came back with an error about browser.apk i think this is because i uninstalled alot of the bloatware with system app remover and now i wish i hadnt. chrome is much better. can someone tell me how to undo this? i tried to restore the backup but the app says its not there. can i install the bloatware manually?

    • well i found the backups i made before and some of them wont reinstall. the ones that have an odex file along with them wont reinstll properly but the rest will. do i need to do something special to install the odex files? shound i just start from stock and update from there?

  • antwonw

    Obviously someone at Verizon is being a Grinch and not wanting us to get this update!

  • frayed

    Can someone pull the update file and upload it for the rest of us. My update failed

    • antwonw

      Look in the Update 5 above in the post

      • frayed

        Just applied the update thank you very much!

  • Shamo316

    woot nice downloaded and applied it its nice

  • Tanner

    Spoke with Motorola Level 2 Technical support for over 30 minutes just now. They confirmed that this update was released prematurely and was in error. They said there was no firm date set to when the actual update would be sent out.

  • Bah! When I saw this post I checked my phone and first thing I see “download of update failed.”

    next words out of my mouth.. “Fu***”

  • Let’s hope Moto/VZW get on the ball and push this thing again later this week. They need to at least admit they let some updates out a bit too early, if indeed that’s what happened.

  • I do happen to have the file for the OTA. However.. the question is, is this safe to apply?

    • kenny

      could you send me the file so i can update my phone

  • tcfiero

    I just got the update today. It fracked up my Foxfi. I have not checked out all of the features yet.

    • Diablo81588

      Foxfi doesn’t support jelly Bean. If you’re rooted you can use the mobile hot spot sql hack for tethering.

  • Eric Bradley

    Why are posts here dissapearing?
    I got the update installed. Confirmed Jellybean 4.1.2
    Webtop is included and working
    Root retained using OTA Rootkeeper
    Mobile Hotspot is still working as before.
    About ~100MB more available RAM
    Very fast and responsive.
    Hopefully someone was able to copy the update file before it got pulled.

    • Has the homescreen layout changed any? I’m curious whether the layout favored by the RAZR M, HD and MAXX HD was implemented

      • Eric Bradley

        Not really. The only thing that really changed is the notification bar. One thing that has changed is that you can now use tiled icons.

      • Eric Bradley

        I just looked to see id the new “circles” widget was available, and it is not, so it must be a part of the new HD/DNA “blurless motoblur”

        • john

          dna is an htc device, no motorola in there

  • simsir

    Mine stopped in middle!!! I was so excited they better release it soon!!!

  • It’s Jelly Bean and it installed on my phone just fine. I guess it was a slightly early leak. I’m looking around for the Circles widget, but can’t find hide nor hair of it.

  • Would have been a merry Christmas for us on OG DROID RAZR!!!

  • Downloaded and installed. The update disabled my Korean input keyboard. Merry Christmas!! lol

  • jack

    My normal RAZR said up date available then failed and says its up to date….am i screwed?

  • matt

    did anyone pull the update??

  • someone has to have the update itself though…

  • Greg

    i think im gonna cry now

    • Alex Schechter


  • Lucky Armpit

    Dammit!!! It said there was an update, I ran to my laptop to check DL, saw that it was JB, and when I got back to my phone the update was gone!!!! CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!!! But since everyone else’s was pulled, I don’t feel too bad… 🙂

    • Kent R

      I just had the update at 0%. Clicked update and it went away. Tried to force the update and got a message saying the update would continue during non “peak hours.” Tried to force the update again, and the phone is “up to date”.

  • Denvertoad

    The Grinch has stolen Christmas… and my jellybean… sigh.

  • LionStone

    Visions of the “Airplane” movie, “Just kidding!” 🙂

  • Mark Ngo

    Mine updated just fine. There’s a small glitch that I’m experiencing. It could just be mu launcher but it makes my screens small.

  • ian

    Mine stopped and now my phone is saying no update necessary phone is up to date.

  • Christian Frausto

    mine said update failed, can anyone help? i tried pulling it manually but i can’t:(

  • Got mine installed just fine. 🙂 yeah!

  • Amin Nadirali

    Still waiting….

  • mOOky8D

    NOOooooOOO!!!! So close. PLEASE PLEASE re-release it? 🙂

  • gregc63

    Ooops, on my Razr Maxx!

  • gregc63

    Jut got the 4.1.2 update around 2 this afternoon in Columbus, Ohio! Merry Christmas!

  • I just got it and wasnt able to download

  • paul_cus

    I’ve since moved onto the RAZR i and use the DROID RAZR as an alarm clock now. But it’d be cool to have it be a Jelly Bean alarm clock.

  • Humorous conversation between myself and a Motorola rep in regards to the unsuccessful “update” on Droid RAZR:
    Claire: Hi, my name is Claire. How may I help you?
    Rob: Hello, Claire. I was just speaking with a “Romella” when I became disconnected.
    Rob: I don’t know if there is anyway to re-establish a chat session with her of if I will need to start over with you.
    Claire: I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Please know that I will be doing my best to help you with your concern.
    Claire: I’ll be glad to help you with this concern.
    Claire: May I know the issue that you’re having on he device?
    Rob: Ok, as I was telling her. I received an update notification on my device. It seemingly “timed-out” after I turned on my Wi-Fi
    Rob: So I rebooted, checked up updates, and it said my device was “up to date”.
    Claire: Let me check this in our system. One moment, please.
    Rob: As I told Romella, there are many reports from the Android community of a newly released Jelly Bean OS (that being the before mentioned update). I’m just curious as to what happened and why I can no longer receive the update.
    Claire: We apologize for this delay.
    Claire: I’m currently checking if there’s an available update on the phone.
    Claire: Please bear with me.
    Rob: No worries.
    Claire: Thank you.
    Claire: Thank you for patiently waiting.
    Rob: By the way, I have looked at the chart specifying the anticipated releases for OS updates around the globe. I know that it doesn’t say WHEN there will be an update – it’s just weird that so many are reporting it now. Even more strange that it showed on my phone – then just disappeared.
    Rob: You’re welcome.
    Claire: The software on the device is up to date.
    Claire: The Jelly Bean software update is not yet available on this device.
    Claire: You may check our Motorola Owner’s Forum website https://forums.motorola.com/pages/00add97d6c for updates and information for your device.
    Rob: Claire, I know that’s what is being “said”. If that is the case, why do so many RAZR users now have the Jelly Bean update?
    Rob: As I said, I’ve seen the chart.
    Rob: And if my device was up to date. Why did I receive a notification and ATTEMPTED download of new OTA software?
    Claire: The Jelly Bean update is already available for Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD.
    Claire: There would be a possibility that it is one of the updates for your downloaded applications.
    Rob: I know this. These are RAZR (not Maxx or HD) users reporting thise.
    Rob: I don’t think so. This was a software update with the same build number as the Jelly Bean OS
    Claire: I apologize but we cannot push the update because it is not yet available.
    Rob: Oh, Claire. Are you covering up for a Motorola mistake?
    Claire: Nope, we”ll be glad to send the update once it becomes available.
    Rob: And that would be wonderful. Seems like such a great update. It just doesn’t answer the question as to why Droid RAZR (not Maxx or HD) now have this update.
    Claire: Your device will be upgraded to Jelly Bean software but we do not have the exact date yet for its availability.
    Claire: Please check our Motorola Owner’s Forum website https://forums.motorola.com/pages/00add97d6c for updates and information for your device.
    Rob: You’ve been saying this in numerous forms as well as constantly trying to direct me to that chart (c’mon, Claire, I already told you I’ve seen it). Yet, you still can’t seem to tell me why other Droid RAZR users now have the Jelly Bean OS.
    Claire: Is there anything else?
    Rob: Yes, my question is still not answered.
    Rob: Yet, you still can’t seem to tell me why other Droid RAZR users now have the Jelly Bean OS.
    Claire: The Jelly Bean software update is not yet available for Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR Maxx users. Rob: I guess I’ll roll over for you and let you off the hook. You obviously don’t know or aren’t allowed to admit that there are RAZR users out there with the update.
    Claire: We do apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you.
    Rob: Thanks for your concern. Have a wonderful day and a Merry Christmas, Claire.

    • LionStone

      Hah…Oh man you were bustin’ her balls! Poor Claire 🙂

      • jboogie1289

        I posted a chat conversation regarding the GS3 Jellybean update and some in the forums feel like you’re bashing someone that has no control over such things. I mean, don’t you sell the device or not right? I simply wanted to share, as you did, what we can expect from Customer Service folks. Great post!!!!

        • LionStone

          Not me, you mean Rob… just to clarify

    • Kr B

      Sorry, but you were being a dick. You were trying to goad her into admitting a company failure when she probably doesn’t even realize there was one. Tech support =/= development.

      • Panther6834

        To be completely honest, I would NOT consider what he did “being a d!ck”, as I called Verizon, and had an almost identical conversation with the support representative who “helped” me. When I say ‘almost identical’, I’m not referring to the things I said, but to
        what the Verizon rep said to me. It’s as if they’re reading from a
        script (actually, I’d be willing to place a VERY sizable bet…and I
        KNOW I’d win…that the reps ARE, in fact, reading from a script), for,
        what “Claire” told Rob Jones is at least 98% word-for-word what the rep I spoke with told me.
        As with his conversation with “Claire”, the rep I spoke with also
        tried, several times, to direct me to Motorola’s forum website. Reading the transcript, as he pasted it above, I could almost insert my words in place of his, and what you’d end up with is a transcript of my Verizon Support conversation.

  • Dirge

    Well at least some people are enjoying jelly bean today. *sigh*

  • bradleyem

    Well, My update went through fine. my wifes stopped a little more than halfway through. Now hers says its up to date…..they must have pulled it 🙁
    I tried to find the update file, but I couldn’t find it anywhere to copy it. Does anyone know where it is stored? I looked in the /cache folder, and it wasn’t there. I looked in all of the folders that I could open with ES File Explorer and root access, and didn’t find it….

  • karl

    Called Verizon they said it most likely was a mistake n that it was pulled back :'(

  • Capt. Crunch

    So I was on flipboard and walked away from my phone for a few mins and when I turned the screen on it said update failed, the odd thing is I didn’t even know it found an update, wtf? Can someone please save the file

  • zmberven

    Of course I would out of the country and can’t pull the update….le sigh.

  • Kyle

    I got it in time, in Northern Virginia luckily I say the message this morning and did it right away. Original RAZR Maxx system verion 98.72.8.XT912.Verizon.en.US Android version 4.1.2 Text messaging is a lot better now, google now is really cool. No problem thus far.

    • Kyle

      Shows a build date of Dec 11th build number 9.8.20-72_VZW-8 Kerner version 3.08

  • Detonation

    So who’s got the cached ota zip we can install?

    • antwonw

      Look at Update 5 in the post above

  • BhaktaRB

    Wishing Someone will upload the update file!!

  • Anyone still able to get the download recently or are we all now waiting for someone who pulled the update?

  • Dave Sloboda

    damnit! I saw some strange thing downloading/updating that ended up stalling and eventually I got that same “Download of update failed.” screen! Verizon and/or Motorolla need to just let it happen!!!

  • gp126904

    Did anyone get a chance to pull the update?

  • 1stMarines

    Jelly bean here in Cali!

    • Dirge

      When did you get it? Just now?

      • Nel

        I’m in San Diego – no update here. I had mine fail a bit ago.

        • Dirge

          Mine failed, too. *sigh* What a tease…