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Motorola Re-works Software Update Timeline Site, Fully Commits to Q1 for DROID RAZR Jelly Bean

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This morning or late last night, Motorola released a new version of their device software update timeline website. In the past, the page was nothing more than a giant table filled with devices and scheduled rollout times for updates, but this new version allows you to sort it by country, carrier and then device. Once a device has been selected, it will tell you the last update that was received or if there is a new one coming in the near future. You will also find a link to the support page for the device which tells you whether or not you are on the latest version of software and provides a changelog. Last, you can sign-up to receive emails notifying you of new software updates. 

The new site isn’t a one page cluster**** as it was in the past, but it does require that you click a couple of extra links to get where you need to go. Overall, it’s a much better design that in the end, offers you more info than you were getting in the past.

On a related note, the support pages for the original RAZR and RAZR MAXX now say that the “expected” rollout of Jelly Bean should begin in Q1 of 2013. Motorola had previously mentioned this on places like Facebook, however, their official timeline never did reflect this timeframe. The previous versions of the update timeline simply said that both devices would be updated to Jelly Bean, but gave no indication as to when.

Let’s not forget that Moto accidentally pushed a Jelly Bean build to the original RAZR back on X-mas Eve. That was clearly an early test build, but one that seemed fairly stable for the most part. I don’t know what’s holding them back from finally pushing it out, but we all know how the software update game works when carriers are involved. Q1 does have another month in it, so try to stay patient.

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Also of note, the Motorola PC software was updated this morning. While I rarely use it and am not incredibly versed in its feature-set, there is an option listed as “Check for device update.” I’ll leave those of you who have used the software more than I to confirm whether or not this is new. If so, this could essentially be another way for Motorola to get updates to your devices. I’d assume they’ll still need carrier approval, but this could help you skip the waiting line for OTA updates.

Other device news:

  • XOOM LTE still listed as “will be upgraded to Jelly Bean.”
  • XYboards are still under review for Jelly Bean. “Stay tuned for upgrade decision” the site reads
  • DROID 4 still says that it “will be upgraded to Jelly Bean.”
  • Bionic still says that it “will be upgraded to Jelly Bean.”

Via:  Motorola

Cheers bakdroid and Howard!

  • Kyle Cummings

    moto should use the disclaimer, “promises subject to change”.

  • Elthon Cisneros

    Yay, only one month to go!(i hope…)

  • mecevans

    BTW You loose WIFI Tether with JB!

    • Kenny B

      You you don’t . i’m on it right now.

  • Butch Stockon

    all this talk about food is making me hungry

  • Tom Z

    I was hoping the page would tell me when to expect 4.2 on my Razr Maxx HD.

  • lvlorpheus


    This device will be upgraded Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

    At on time it said it was going to be updated Q4 2012. Then just 2 or 3 days ago it said it will be updated Q1 2013. It is starting to feel like Star Wars to me. “I got a bad feeling about this.”

    • lvlorpheus


      This device will be upgraded Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

      At ONE time it said it was going to be updated Q4 2012. Then just 2 or 3
      days ago it said it will be updated Q1 2013. It is starting to feel like
      Star Wars to me. “I got a bad feeling about this.”

  • Dave

    You don’t know what’s holding them back from pushing it out? Well, let’s start with the fact that the “accidental” push was still running a 3.0.8 (ICS) kernel, not a 3.0.31 (JB) kernel. That’s a good reason right there. Wasn’t even CLOSE to being ready. Just because it worked doesn’t mean it’s RIGHT, it’s not even TRUE jelly bean. More like a JB custom ROM running on an ICS kernel.

    • Diablo81588

      Wow didn’t know that..

  • RaptorOO7

    I have to ask, why even buy a Motorola Android device if they can’t support the ones they have in a timely fashion and drop support for devices they promise to update. The new “X-Phone” will only fail to deliver. Motorola should just become a pure Android device like the nexus, but don’t carry the nexus name. Drop the add-on crap and dictate terms to the carriers.

    • Diablo81588

      Because Motorola makes the best Android phones on Verizon? Perfect signal, great battery life and rock solid build quality. Wouldn’t buy anything else!

  • spunker88

    I wonder why the Atrix 2 isn’t getting JB while the Bionic is. Look at their specs, that Atrix 2 is basically a GSM Bionic. All of the hardware looks the same.

    • j

      this is true. and that’s because the atrix 2 was an even bigger flop.

    • Diablo81588

      Because it wouldn’t be worth it to upgrade a phone that 3 people bought. Motorola probably sold ten times more bionics.

  • Lucky Armpit

    Oh Happy Day…. been waiting for a post like this for a long time! I was one of the ones that got about 1/4 way through the JB update on 12/24/12 and then it was pulled. I was just thinking the other day, you better HTFU Moto and Verizon; Q1 is almost over. This is VERY exciting- thanks for posting.

  • apackofmonkeys

    If I manually updated my RAZR with the file someone saved from the Xmas eve Jelly Bean leak, will I still receive a notification to update to the “official” release when it comes out? Or will I have to manually update using a separate downloaded file forever after?

    • Considering that the update was pushed OTA, there’s a few options. 1) They can send a “downgrade” patch that takes you back to ICS, then upgrade the device to the final OTA. 2) They make 2 patch files, one from ICS to final and one from leak to final. 3) They have anyone who is on the leak legitimately (and I’m certain they know which IMEI’s got the complete update) swap out their device for one on the upgrade path.

      I see 2) as the most likely, 1) a possibility, and threw in 3) because this is Verizon, and they make things as difficult as possible.

  • bigachx

    I bought the Droid Xyboard 10.1 64GB paying almost $800 for it, plus the monthly verizon fees with a 2 year contract because I believed this is going to be Motorola’s flagship tablet and will get all the updates pronto! Man…. Should’ve just bought a Wifi Xoom for $300 and slapped on it any one of the million custom roms out there! :-/

  • Daniel

    As a Droid4 owner I’m excited to finally get JB, I just hope it won’t be an old version of JB by the time it comes out, long live qwerty sliders!

    • Justin Winker

      It’s already an “old” version of JB… You’ll most likely get 4.1.2, which I believe is the version the OG Razr received. It’s not 4.2, and I doubt 4.2 will make it to this generation of devices. Hopefully I’m wrong, but I doubt it 🙁

    • noc007

      I’ve just got a bad feeling that the D4 will be the last higher-end qwerty sliders to be made. I figured we would have seen a D5 after the RAZR HD came out or at least heard rumors. Depending when I can upgrade, I’m considering a GNote 2; at least with that I can have a decent amount of room for an on-screen keyboard and ones like Swype look intriguing.

  • Some devices are messed up. For instance, it shows the Xoom WiFi as “Currently on Android 4.0.4. Stay tuned for an upgrade decision.” It was upgraded to Jelly Bean in July and received its final OTA to 4.1.2 in October. haha

  • Uriah Bullard

    I just want info on the “X”, is that too much to ask?

  • Justin Kos

    Seeing is believing..remember the thunderbolt?

  • They also confirmed the Bionic will get JB, exciting news for the Bionic community, or whats left of it.

    • Diablo81588

      That was confirmed last year. Nothing has changed since then.

  • Bill_DFENS_Foster

    I have the Verizon unlimited data plan, but usually only use about 1.2 Gb’s of data a month. In protest of them taking so long to release JB for the OG Maxx, I have turned off Wi-Fi and have streamed everything I can until I get JB. Last month, I’m proud to say my usuage was about 3.5Gb’s. I know it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but just a little FU to VZ for taking so long…..

    • joketoed

      you do not deserve unlimited data…

      • Radgatt

        Lol at least he is trying

      • maratu

        Why, because he’s using it as intended?

      • Am I worthy, lol? I use 12 GBs per month I have unlimited data. NOT Tethering or anything of that nature. Just HOURS and HOURS of Internet Radio.

        • Parallaxed

          I can’t use Internet Radio =( Something called media server kills my RAZR MAXX dead in …like 8 hours.

    • Detonation

      3.5GB is you sticking it to then? Props for the effort I guess but that’s probably the average of most people around here.

      • Diablo81588

        Lol agreed..

      • Jeremy A

        I used 3.5GB yesterday?? Oops!!

        • Cisco Corral

          No oops lol.. I use on average 30 gb a month

    • Daniel Dlugos

      You do, of course, realize that this doesn’t actually cost Verizon anything…….

      I mean, sure, they might have to build out an area a little more due to the increased data usage. Or maybe issue a few courtesy credits (highly unlikely) to customers complaining about slow download speeds.

      But actual cost? Hardly.

    • Cisco Corral

      T mobile nexus 4, running 4.2.2 at about 18mbps I don’t miss my Verizon 25mbps on maxx. Pay half of what I did on Verizon and bought my nexus 4 contact free, liberating

    • master94

      Keep up the good work. I haven’t used wifi in a while as well. Scoring just a little more than 12GB a month. FU VZW.

  • Capt. Crunch

    I just want the fastboot files, I messed up flashing JB and now every time I boot it goes into AP Fast boot and says flash failure of course I can still boot normally into JB.

  • Austin Warren

    I hope my Note 2 gets 4.2…….on verizon……probably not

    • j

      It probably wont.. but might get key lime pie

  • I bought the RAZR unlocked in India and I’m not getting JellyBean but people who bought the same phone unlocked in Canada are? WTF?

    • olbapnauj

      I bought my unlocked razr @ amazon when i was on USA and i got the arabic versión so no jb for me…

  • OK…help me out here. Jelly Bean came BEFORE Ice Cream Sandwich, which I have on my Droid RAZR MAXX…..so they’ve named the update AFTER ICS Jelly Bean again?

    • JoshGroff

      The versions of Android go alphabetically with the newest one being Jelly Bean. Gingerbread was the version before ICS. (Tablets had Honeycomb between the two versions.)

    • Ice Cream was 4.0, Jelly Bean is 4.1.x and 4.2.x. There was a Jelly Bean leak a few months ago.

    • mustbepbs

      Honey, you’ve got it all wrong.

      We’re up to Cupcake now.

  • paul_cus

    I actually kinda believe them.

  • tyguy829

    the bionic lives!

    • reyalP

      lol…why anyone bought this phone I will never understand!

      Good to see Motorola is committing to this. Other companies should follow.

      • Silver Veloz

        Because the Bionic is a pretty good phone “still”, especially now with ICS and soon to get JB.
        Read the review by Kellex here on Droid Life:

        The last lines of the review says “We are in this time period where mobile technology is evolving at such an incredible pace that many of you are nervous to pull the trigger; afraid that you will be locked in for 2 years on a device that turns out to be a dud. The DROID Bionic does not appear to be a dud”

        • Justin Winker

          Unfortunately, though it was out-shined by that damned RAZR. 🙁

          I bought the Bionic because it was a beast of a phone. The screen may not be great compared to newer tech, but I agree, it was part of the new “revolution” of phones – the 1st, specifically, with a dual core and LTE. Moto should have released it 2-3 months earlier, though.

          • Dave

            Yeah, it was REALLY outshined, what with the RAZR getting a “broken” ICS build and all. At least the Bionic’s ICS was perfected. Try using a RAZR running ICS with a lapdock and then do the same with a Bionic. Tell me which experience you prefer.

          • Sparxx2k7

            What broke? I certainly didn’t see any issues with it? ….sounds like bitterness to me….

          • Diablo81588

            Signal problems for one thing. My girlfriend’s maxx had constant “red x signal bar” issues. The Bionic’s baseband radios are much improved over the rushed to market build that the razr is on. Upgraded her phone to the leaked build and no issues since.

      • j

        eh it’s essentially the same as the razr, just different body.. and thus basically the same as a gnex (slightly underclocked)..

      • Diablo81588

        Because its a good phone? Lol why anyone would knock the phone without actually using it I will never understand!

        • I agree. I have the Bionic AND the Razr Maxx HD. I love em both. I like the fact the Bionic has an removable battery. (unofficial) FM Radio support. Plus it’s still got modern specs! Don’t get me wrong the Bionic was a failure until Motorola released a good SW update when it launched in 2010.

      • BubbleSort

        I bought one because I was already waiting for a new phone for months, and it was the first dual core + LTE phone on Verizon.

    • Daniel Russell

      I knew Q1 was a dream that couldn’t be real for the bionic.

    • UnixPimp

      Reflecting on old stories about the Bionic, it is amost comical about how many loads were rubbed out in anticipation of the Bionic. They thought they were yanking it to pictures of a supermodel (take your pick) but instead they really had a picture of Melissa McCarthy. :-O

  • overclock

    For my Razr Maxx it says, “Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade rollout expected to begin in Q1 2013.” Expected being the operative word there. But the Christmas Eve leak is running just fine. I did have to do a factory reset. Battery life is incredible on JB. Absolutely incredible.

    • Good to know that it’s still running well after a couple of months. Must have been a solid early test build.

      • Wish mine was running that well. I have a SMS bug where my SMS’s don’t always send now.

        • I’ve had this same bug too. Texts don’t show that they sent, so there are always duplicates because I try to resend. Now i use a 3rd party texting app (sliding messaging instead). Otherwise build is great!

          • @gp126904:disqus I had the same issue and noticed it was because auto rotation was disabled. Re-enabling it will fix your problem.

            @twitter-254212321:disqus I just recently switched to sliding messaging too but once in a while it’ll still just say “sending” but never actually send, or at least, i think it doesn’t send.

        • LiterofCola

          I think I know what you’re talking about, when the little green arrow that signifies that the message is sending never goes away. Mines does this, however, even though the little green arrow doesn’t go away, my text still makes it to it’s destination. Annoying nonetheless.

          • gp126904

            I have the leak running on my Maxx as well but it appears as though it refuses to rotate to portrait mode for some reason. youtube will rotate but say if I am using the browser it wont rotate. Anyone else have that issue?

    • trpt

      I also had to do a factory reset after I received the Xmas Eve update, which fixed most but not all of my issues the update caused. Not complaining too much though- I’m happy to have been working with the Jelly Bean all this time.

    • Detonation

      Same here. Was a little flaky at first but after a factory reset it’s been great.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I’d like my 4.1.2 on my MAXX HD now…

    • j

      Why not 4.2.2?
      Wait 6 months for update. Still a generation behind.

      • Mordecaidrake

        Good point, I’d like that now please.

  • Wait, droid RAZR still doesn’t have Jelly Bean?

    • KleenDroid

      Good thing it has an unlocked bootloader so everyone that wants can install the latest update and kernel anyway if they wanted.

      Oh wait……

      • Ugh. I thought there some new breaking news on its bootloader…got me. 😛