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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!

  • SuziQ

    My Droid RAZR updated to 4.1.2 successfully in about 15 minutes.

  • mr.noob

    Force or Manual install NO ROOT NEEDED


    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.

    if you have root i suggest you use root ota keeper

    credit :http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2064931

  • stabone

    I had to fastboot back to stock because I’d a really bad flash that made it so no other roms could be flashed. I was on uprooted stock and flashed the update. It couldn’t be running game better. It’s so fast I don’t mind not being rooted.

    • JP

      How do you flash back to .211? I’d like to do the same.

      • stabone

        Look up Droid RAZR Utility. I think IRS on version 1.82. Its really easy.

        • JP

          I used the 1.82 utility and the boot loader portion did not load correctly. Now the phone will not boot. Suggestions? Thx.

  • Danielle A

    I just finished my new upload and it completed successfully.

  • zaid

    I cannot update using the given file. When ever i try to do so , i get an error saying ” signature verification failed , Installation aborted ” any idea how to tackle this?????????

    • Did you remove any bloatware from ICS? I had to flash back to stock (all bloatware included) and then do the update. Worked perfect. Was able to keep root using Voodoo as well.

      • yes my phone is rooted n i freezed all d bloatware apps . what should i do next?
        and my phone is motorola razr xt910. from india. Is this one of the issue?

  • Well I have no mobile network. Wi-Fi- only. Anybody else have that problem too?

    • chaz2400

      Yup, Wifi only. Getting an error saying the process com.motorola.vzw.vmm has stopped. Any resolution?

  • Failed.

    • same here :/

    • Was getting same error because I removed the bloatware…ie, Blockbuster and other…I RSD back to stock .211 and the re-rooted and did Voodoo and it worked perfect.

  • Tony

    Can anyone tell me why they took away the Alarm app and stuck it in a Clock app? I hate having to go through multiple things to get to the alarm!

    • Ryan

      i use minimalistic text and have the alarm linked to the time widget. it still works with the same functionality I intended it to be.

  • Ryan

    Downloaded and installed from the link above. Play store works after a reboot. Some random verizon app is crashing though. Missing Sleep/Stand By and another when u press the Power Button. Everything else seems to be working.

    • Ryan

      camera’s much faster now too. feels almost as quick and responsive as my fiancee’s galaxy nexus.

    • Ryan

      Desktop Dock program changed too. Looks great! More app control too!

  • Anyone other than me have problems with the stock text messaging app missing?

  • Jeffrey Tarman

    I applied the update, phone rebooted. Had issues with the play store along with a few other apps not responding. Rebooted phone and upon boot up, it said Android upgrading again. Seemed to fix the problems. But it is running just fine now. Here is my screenshot showing the update


  • Me

    Weird but after I installed JB update, I can’t boot into recovery anymore

  • Andrew

    my manual update says failed error in /tmpsideload/pakage.zip any fix for this?

    • hackules

      This is what I get too. I was rooted and rolled it back, no go. Maybe I missed something or maybe it knows it’s been rooted before.

      • Shamo316

        this dosnt work for rooted phones

        • BlackRob

          My phone was rooted before install and works fine now, just lost root.

    • danwray

      see http://forums.androidcentral.com/droid-razr/183428-ota-ics-fails-25-due-bootstrap.html
      worked for me after doing this, as i had safestrap installed

    • stupidllama

      I saw something similar, I read somewhere that moto phones need 100% battery, so I’m waiting till is full then I’ll try again

  • bs

    Bluetooth and play store doesn’t work…. probably not the final build

    • Me

      working fine for me

      • bs

        your right, rebooted my phone and play store works not, but i keep getting Bluetooth sharing stopped working.

  • MDagg77

    That is current build of ICS on the Razr Maxx, what should the correct build #??

  • If I need to, can I use RSD to go back to .211?

  • rob black

    finally get to do…”do a barrel roll”! in voice search!

  • Dante Morgan

    Any one experiencing Bluetooth sharing problems.s???

    • Ryan

      transferring files don’t work, but streaming audio works

  • David W. Astor

    for me, from like an hour ago the messages switched from “your phone is updated” to ” Check for update is not available at this time. Try again later”

  • Blaik

    so do i have to be rooted to download and use the link above or can i do it now?

    • rob black

      You dont have to be rooted. In fact it appears that if you are rooted the link above will not work. I am not rooted and it worked great for me….

      • Blaik

        so i brought that site up on my phone and hit download my phone then said “starting download” but it still hasnt downloaded… any help?

        This is the first time ive done anything like this.

        • rob black

          I wouldn’t do it using your phones browser….too easy to end up in internal memory….. Easiest way is to download it to your pc. USB to your phone….Copy and paste to your sd card M; then boot in to recovery using the above instructions. If you have never used a recovery, you toggle with volume and enter with power button.

          • Blaik

            yeah i got it. everything seems to be working fine also.

      • Blaik

        ok so i got it downloaded not but my play store isnt working…

  • CHN

    where is xt910‘s update

  • Todd

    Downloaded and installed fine, now I have no camera

    • BlackRob

      Camera works fine on mine, make sure you grab the new icon from the app drawer. Your old one won’t work.

  • It hit my wife’s phone during the xmas eve service. Tried to download it and it failed.

  • Is anyone able to see the circle widgets in this update? Thought that would have been included…

  • Does the manual install require root?

    • rob black

      I am not rooted (on this phone) and it installed just fine…

  • Root method still the same?? I needs my SqL Lite to gets free wifi hotspot!!

  • Google Now on Razr Maxx rocks!!

    • frayed

      New to jb how do i use G now

      • rob black

        check playstore. It will have an update for Google search. Update it..open it…and it will walk you through…

      • hit the search button on your phone.. make sure you have Google Search app updated

  • rob black

    Great! I had almost quit coming here..since there is so little razr news…and I would have missed this! Thanks for the download link and instructions …worked like a charm! Since I have been running JB on my xoom for a long time, everything synced up as soon as I updated Google search…all the Google now cards ect…..
    Thanks again droid life!

  • Colin Batchelor

    I got the install update message about 7pm EST (I assume it downloaded on it’s own). Just started the update about 5 minutes ago. I’ll let you know when it finishes and what it does.

    • Colin Batchelor

      All done. Mine download was OTA for anyone interested. The install took about 20 minutes in total. Biggest change so far I’ve noticed is I lost two of my widgets. Not much else to note.

  • What do I do once I find the file on my SD card? There’s like so many files to choose from.

    • john

      rename it as “update.zip”

  • BlackRob

    Do you put it on the sd card zipped or unzipped?

    • frayed

      download it directly to your phone and move it as is to a new folder on your SD card using your my files app.

      • BlackRob

        Sweet thanks for the quick reply

    • Leave it zipped.

    • rob black

      I downloaded to my computer and copied the whole zipped file to my sd card. Recovery unzipped it when I updated…..

  • frayed

    I have jelly bean now!!
    it’s easy to apply just downloaded from the link an update 5, move to your SD card and follow the apps instructions above

  • Luke

    Stupid question but if they do come out with an “official” will manually installing this mess up downloading the actual OTA one?

    • Not a stupid question..I have the same one. I basically just said screw it, and im updating right now…..we should hopefully know soon. JB was too delectable to ignore… *fingers crossed*

      • Shamo316

        its the OTA update so it should be fine

      • Luke

        I decided to do the same. Everything works well but the phone app is really slow scrolling from the dialer to contacts and favorites.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Kinda sad they removed the gallery and weather widgets. BTW is this the final version?

    • Most likely not otherwise they wouldn’t have pulled it. There is a chance it may be though

  • I downloaded it manually and installed it! w00t!! Thanks guys

  • Quisit

    Used the article’s link in Update 5 to download the file and followed instructions. Worked perfectly. No sign of issues, available RAM increased, speed appears to be improved and I now have Google Now. Voodoo OTA successfully restored root. A service/app something.vzw.vmm crashes on boot every time. I assume that’s Verizon voicemail, which I could care less about. My phone is for email, text, entertainment and if I care to answer… phone calls.

  • West w.

    So, I have the update on my phone as I am one of the few who was able to
    download from verizon’s server before they stopped it. Does anyone know
    the extent to which this new update is plagued (bugs etc)? I would hate
    to install it just to find out that there are major security flaws in
    it or something.

  • Jason

    followed instructions, downloaded and installed great. It’s jelly bean alright. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  • LTE4G

    Yet the name of this file is .211 so how is this not exactly what we already have 4.0.4 ICS?

  • I got this error…. Help?


    — Install /sdcard …
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    Installing update…
    Verifying current system…
    assert failed: apply_patch_check)”/system/app/kindle.apk”, “d5b8ef2e0893a3a580dc2b1a42b18845abcddc39”, “09337fd618a8bb365c901bb20642799c708459842”)
    E:Error in /tmp/sideload/package.zip
    (Status 7)
    Installation aborted.

    • rob black

      Are you rooted? I am not…mine had the same messages…but it went through the install fine….took quite a while…

      • Ya I am rooted. I also deleted a few pre installed apps. Do you think that is it?

        • rob black

          I think so too.. system verification is looking for root. I rooted my og droid and my xoom..but I left this one alone…thinking it would get JB pretty soon..

    • bpow

      Received same error. Any idea how to fix it?

  • Drats…checked the link above and it is 6,16,211…not JB.

    • rob black

      I just installed it from the link above …and it most certainly is JB. 4.1.2.
      When I hold down the home button, it brings up multiple tabs…..It has Google Now…..all the features my Xoom running Jelly Bean has..

  • rob black

    I just dropped the file on my sd card and went though as per above instructions. It says it is updating….some other stuff…patching principle files….patching system files…I think its working…

  • Downloaded file from update 5 and fallowed manual install. Works great , thanks again Kellex

    • Here is a screen shot

  • SplashMTN

    Thanks for the link. Installed and working.

  • Mine started this morning and suspended on two occasions, finally after about an hour I got the message that the update failed and now my phone is up to day. Was quite excited this morning when I saw it coming in only to have it finally fail. I thought it was a nice Merry Christmas present until the grinch showed up and took it away.

  • If anyone has pulled the file via .zip, you should explain how you did it (un rooted of course). Plus, i’ve looked on various forums so far, and I’m looking to see what people are saying about JB….

    • SplashMTN

      1. Download the zip file, rename it update.zip and place it on your SD card
      2. Turn your phone off.
      3. Reboot into recovery:

      *Hold Volume Rocker (whole thing) down and Power until you get to the boot screen. Press Volume Down to select “Recovery.” Then hit Volume Up to choose it.

      4. When the Android logo shows up, press both Volume buttons at the same time.
      5. Choose “apply update from external storage.”
      6. Find the update.zip file that you downloaded above and select it.
      7. Your phone will update and reboot with Jelly Bean.

      After your phone is done rebooting start it over again so your google apps will be optimized – at least that’s what I had to do.

    • rob black

      I am not rooted and got the file from the link above. Copied the whole file to my sd card…and went through the instructions above. It is installing right now….

      • Yeah, i saw not too long ago it was updated. Let me know how it is….

        On another note, what do you suppose happens when they send out the fix? I don’t really wanna downgrade lol. They must send out the actual one thats compatible for ppl with the fake JB and still ICS…

        • rob black

          I think this is the official update…just prematurely released. It just finished booting back up…..there it is….4.1.2…..!!
          I have been running JB on my xoom for months ….cm nightlies…it is pretty cool!

  • Eric Bradley

    I can not get the downloaded file posted in the link on Update 5 to work. It does not appear to be a properly signed file.

    • antwonw

      Worked fine for me!

      • rob black

        …working for me too…

  • Alex

    I couldn’t find the file when I tried to manually install it.

    • antwonw

      Look at the Update 5 above in the post

  • Drizzythebiker

    Can anyone tell me if foxfi is working with this update??? You can hit me up on twitter under the same name….

  • Rich

    Now someone needs to tell me what cool things I can do and what apps to get 🙂

    Haven’t been paying much attention to Jelly Bean since I didn’t think I was ever getting it.

    (Thought the same with ICS)