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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!

  • Chaz Myers

    Followed the instructions, I now have JB on my phone and it works great!!

  • Joshua vc

    updated mine and its been working great for about 5 days now, the only thing is the speech recognition for texting sucks compared to ics it misunderstands constantly.

  • just installed jellybean, it is awesome, even installed the circles and weather widgets that the hd come with, like a brand new phone, one question, after installing jellybean from the sd card should or can I delete that big file that is still on my sd card or does it have to stay there?

  • Dslot

    Works here. No issues noted. Seems like a final build.

  • Keenan Singh

    So some people are getting a sort of “brick” from this, and others have it working perfectly?

  • Turd Central

    Don’t install the JB build that the OP linked. It caused my phone to not to connect to wifi at all even after a master reset of the phone. I’m in the process of getting a replacement now because of it.

  • john mcdonald

    Do you have to unzip or rename file my is not being found

    • Dslot

      No. It unpacks it from exsdcard location

  • Rocko21

    Is there a way to go back ics, and wait for the ota to come out. Will it prompt us with the ota when it does come out

  • the54

    Go jump in a lake.

  • the54

    You da man. Now I don’t have to be in a hurry to upgrade, just because of jb. Which is a world of difference, i knew from my nexus 7. Once i used that i couldn’t tolerate ics anymore. No more Droid lag.

  • keith_ecko

    Talked to my Verizon Rep today who’s never steered me wrong. Good guy! He said trying to go back to ICS via factory reset won’t work. He is supposed to get back to me to let me know if it will be possible to update via the finalized OTA update which is scheduled at the end of Febuary.

  • Jim K.

    The new jellybean update is fantastic, very smooth. Items that I’ve noticed that need attention after this update: 1)bluetooth share no longer works. 2)Verizon vmm message after boot up. 3)phone app speed dial no longer works 4)when you finish a phone call, the screen stays off too long. 5)when listening to music and have the alarm set to turn on, the alarm is not very loud in the headset, may not wake you or alert you when needed.

    With the exception of these items, phone is great now. Hope fully this will be adressed in the next update.

  • hate it… many of my best apps will not function with the Jelly Bean… Motorola – Thanks a TON..

  • jeepextractionunit

    I did not get ota update, so I had to download and install on my year old og razr and i have to say, JB IS FANTASTIC! This is the way it was supposed to be a year ago. EVERYTHING works! Google market did not work at first, but I uninstalled and reinstalled the JB play store and was good to go. I then downloaded the RAZR M clock widget apk’s and now it looks like the RAZR M! Now I’m like …..gingerbread who? ICS what? Chose not to keep root for fear of legit update not working later, and looking at how well JB runs, may not need to root….ha, I joke. Quit stalling and update your phone!

  • What is that battery life meter you have called in the pictures in the post?

  • jdizzle22420

    Number 5 Works! Way Nicer On Jelly Bean. Eat YoUr Beans Boy

  • john

    Really nice works great so far I love it thank you so much yph saved me a lot of money and waiting

  • Steven

    My phone was rooted before the update and i had never heard of an ota rootkeeper before. So i dont know how it works. But is there anyway to download someone elses rooted su backup, download voodoo and run it?

  • Rocko21

    I did the update I want to know if you can go back to ics.

  • Rocko21

    I did the update I wanted to know if I could go back to ICS now.

  • Can I download this and drop it to my SD card then run it on my HTC Thunderbolt? Currently my Thunderbolt is running Adroid Version 2.3.4 and when I search for updates, it shows as no updates available.

    • why in gods name do you think that would work

  • beyedup

    After installing this update, you will find out that is is missing some JB features. Like boot animation and boot logo if it maters. It also does not have the new Circles widget. But I did find the the link to the Motorola RAZR apps file which includes the Circles widget, the weather widget for circles and the RAZR M Launcher. Here’s the link for it http://d-h.st/RDK
    It’s a .zip file that you need to place on sd card, unzip then install the apk’s. Before doing so you can go in with Root explorer and backup the apps your installing if you want(i.e. Home screen and Launcher). Both home screens will still work though if just installing the new RAZR M one.

  • Toqua’s Crafts

    I cannot text photos taken from my cell phone since the update to 4.1.2. It is not even an option. Every other option under the sun is given, but not the option to text. What’s up with that? I hope this will be fixed SOON!!

    • keith_ecko

      At first I couldn’t either so I thought. When I goto my Gallery and click on a picture at the top right corner is the little texting symbol instead of the “SEND AS” options I used to get with ICS.

      • Toqua’s Crafts

        OH! You are right!! Thank you for pointing this out!! (Now I feel silly.)

  • JZ

    This update works GREAT!!!!! i have updated my phone to Jelly Bean! if you’re app store don’t work just reboot you’re phone and you are A OK. Great Job on Posting this info!

    • JZ

      updated on a Droid Rarz XT912 Verizon!

  • Keith Ecklund II

    I was able to download the file to my SD card and update to JB…It’s working great. However since we don’t know if this is the finalized tested version what happens once Verizon does start pushing out this update for real? Will doing a factory reset download the update? How is this going to work for those of us who downloaded this to try it out but want to make sure we have the finalized release by Verizon.

    • jjuanico73

      I wanted to know the same thing. Have you gotten an answer on this?

      • keith_ecko

        No…it doesn’t seem like many people reply to questions here…Still looking for a answer for anyone who might know.

  • Alexander Moore

    why is the file labled 612…. instead of 98…. ?

  • cyndiman

    what do you mean by ‘drop on SD card’ ?

    • keith_ecko

      Copy and paste the whole file on your SD card…you don’t want to put it on your internal storage.

      • cyndiman

        how do I do that? I downloaded to my phone, but it will not open.

        • keith_ecko

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

  • the1wags

    Why is the download link for ics? Looks like 6.16.211? Anybody have the 98.72.8 file?

    • Mark Mann

      the files are all named for the version you’re upgrading from…not the version you’re upgrading to

  • Simon Miller

    I updated, used VooDoo root keeper and I still lost root, any help? i have been looking everywhere

    • Mark Mann

      did you protect root, temp. un-root, upgrade, and then restore root? i make the mistake of not temp un-rooting every time

  • Santiago

    will this works with gsm razr (xt910)?

  • ARS

    Lost my Data – -then got it back!

    So yesterday I Updated my stock Droid Razr with Jelly Bean following basic sd card install instructions. Everything worked great except…I had No 3G or 4G data after the install. WiFi – yes. Rebooted, Cleared Cache, changed network settings several times, toggled mobile data, etc. Even tried to reinstall ICS–Aborted several times. Nothing changed- still broke. Phone worked fine except NO DATA. Took it to Verizon and they where baffled. (Did NOT mention that I installed Jelly Bean however said that it “May have been updated” when she asked) A new phone is in the mail but I need to wait a few days. So I tried one last time to reinstall ICS but Aborted several times. Decided to do a factory reset/wipe the phone. So I reset the phone – no big deal – system runs thru setup procedures – I resynced my backed up stuff – phone is now 100% with 4G WITH JELLYBEAN. I hope this help the next person.

    • hushdrops

      No problems here 5 days later , will update my wife’s Maxx after positive experience on my work RAZR, note that finally the keyboard doesn’t slow down while typing these comments in desktop site mode post JB

  • TrumanLCA

    I downloaded and installed the JB (4.1.2) update from XDA (98.72.8.X912.Verizon.en.us). It seems to work great! (Droid RAZR MAXX) The build date is Dec 11, 2012. Google Now is working great! A few widgets and icons disappeared and had to manually re-install/replace, smooth. Gallery and Phone UI changed as well. Alarms can only be set or changed through Google Now. I will let you know what else I notice.

    • If you are running Beautiful widgets, just touching the time will take you to alarms.

      • TrumanLCA

        You can also set alarm through the native “clock” app. Just click below the time when it is loaded.

  • ian

    Followed instructions have the file downloaded and when in recovery i cant find the file. Help!

  • I’m installing from the download above. So far, so good. Android is currently optimizing my apps. I’ll report any issues. Unless I’m just totally late for this game….

  • josh

    I got no circles and my WiFi won’t connect.

  • imk

    which package do i install

  • James McKenzie

    Worked like a charm. On my phone the SD card was drive H.
    Once I got it there everything went according to plan. Thanks for the good information here!

  • max

    can i still do this update if i’m rooted

  • Alright, need a little bit of help here if anyone can haha. Updated a Razr MAXX to JB, and I used VooDoo to keep root, but after updating I seem to have lost it, even though I have the Superuser app installed. I can ADB to the phone, and adb shell then su and it gives me the # for root access, but I’m not for sure what to do next to get root working again. Any suggestions?

  • Carson Hunter

    What “file” am I looking for to update with? It comes in a zipped package so I uncompressed it and put it on my SD card. Was I suppose to leave it zipped or am I just missing the file I’m suppose to be updating with?

    • hushdrops

      Don’t unzip , very simple

    • keith_ecko

      Copy the whole zipped file to your SD card…


    I unzipped the file into the /sdcard/data directory and it’s not there…?

    • Don’t unzip. (At least I didn’t). Don’t put in a directory.

  • So far, so good! I have not found issues yet.

  • Austin

    The download worked perfect. I hesitated for a few days about upgrading because I would have to dig into settings and do it myself. But, worked great. So happy. Whole new phone. Thank you so much Droid Life!!

  • Fiona

    I get as far as “Choose a package to install:” I find the “blur_version.6.16.211….” file and it keeps adding extensions for me to choose from ( Blur_Version.6.16.211.XT812.Verizon.en.US>META-INF/>com/>android/) *(or >google/>android/) but then there is no other option left…what did I do wrong? Help please!!

  • The phone doesn’t have to be rooted. The file has to be saved to the root of the SD card. If you download the file to your computer, then plug your phone into it, the SD card should show up as a drive on the computer, just copy the file directly to that drive. If you manually download the update from your phone, it saves it to the download folder on the phone storage. You need to move it to the SD Card, or External Storage on the phone. Hope that helps.

  • adam

    i check for system update on my razr maxx, and it says its up to date…i have ics. i live in the sf bay area……

  • Joe

    why can’t you drop the file to internal storage? sorry NEWBIE here!

  • Can someone please help. I downloaded the file however in recovery it doesn’t allow me to locate the file.

    • Frayed

      You have to move it to the SD card. use the my files app, make a new folder on your SD and drop the update into the new file. then you will be able to find it

  • JoshHenry

    does the phone have to be rooted.. is there a way to back up or flash the original software back if theres a problem?

  • Guest

    How do you fix “signature verification failure” during the installation?

    • i hav d same prob.. so far no solution ive found :/