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Motorola: Jelly Bean Officially Rolling Out to DROID RAZR and MAXX in Phases

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Motorola has officially announced that the Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX is rolling out to devices in phases. With the soak test underway, along with manual downloads making the rounds, we weren’t really expecting this announcement to come for a few days, or at least until the test had completed. In fact, Verizon has yet to mention that the update is on the way nor have they provided support docs with details on it. But hey, Moto has decided that the time is right. It’s official. 

Full changelog can be found here. If you are running the Jelly Bean build that accidentally pushed out on X-mas, you can update here. If you are running official Ice Cream Sandwich, you can update here.

If you are not a part of the soak test and do not feel like manually updating, we would guess that the update will arrive OTA within the next two weeks.

Via:  Motorola

  • Jack Namuj

    With this update I lost my print feature. Not too happy about that. Downloaded app. e Print but only able to print emails with attachments and nothing else. Not good !!
    Any suggestions??

  • nihao

    So I just got the new system update a few days ago…..I hate it! No more sticky note or world clock widgets. Both of which I used. I also do not like that you can’t edit videos anymore to change the resolution or shorten videos. I hate that too! I send a lot of videos so now if its longer than 30 sec I can’t attach it to an email. So bottom line I am not happy and wish I didn’t update.

  • Lin McDowell

    I just spent a very unsatisfactory 15 minutes chatting with a Motorola rep who maintained that the Droid RAZR update has not officially been released yet. I told him that it was listed on two different Motorola pages, in addition to Verizon’s site, and he maintained that one Motorola page ( https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/93191.was just for informational purposes. The other Motorola is: http://www.motorola.com/blog/2013/03/07/droid-razr-droid-razr-maxx-by-motorola-receives-android-4-1-jelly-bean/.. And the Verizon page is:http://news.verizonwireless.com/news/2013/03/droid-razr-jelly-bean.html.. He couldn’t respond except to repeat that the official update hadn’t been released yet, and he had no more information for me. Anyone else out there received similar information?

  • Yash

    I live in india i own motorola razr maxx will i get jelly bean update here in india plzzz let me know

  • NL

    Is this for the RAZR Max HD too?

  • sporttster

    Mine won’t update. It gets to ‘verifying system package’ and then this:
    assert failed: apply_patch_check (“system/bin/logwrapper”, “(whole slew of numbers and letters)” E:Error in /tmp/sideload/package.zip (Status 7)
    When I saw sideload error, I thought it was my Safestrap, but I’ve completely removed it, so it can’t be that. Help!

  • Elthon Cisneros

    Verizon’s official documentation for the Jelly Bean are up! Link: http://support.verizonwireless.com/system_update/droid_razr.html

  • Sparxx2k7

    I’m getting an error when coming from the ICS version .211:
    assert failed: apply_patch_check(“/system/app/GoogleITS.apk”…..) – – – – then it goes on:
    E:Error in /tmp/sideload/package.zip (Status 7)

    Now I believe this is because I used the reverse-engineered GoogleNOW apk for ICS. It seems to have integrated in to the factory reset. How do I get it out …. presuming this really is the case? Or, alternately, what the heck is keeping me from updating???

    I’ve already wiped the caches and partitions twice….

    • Can you just go in to /system/app/GoogleITS.apk and delete the file?

      • Sparxx2k7

        It doesn’t exist to access it …. i have GoogleTTS.apk, but the error specifically says “ITS” at the end of the name of the file. TTS is read-only on the phone and the permissions on it cannot be changed, even rooted.

      • Sparxx2k7

        edit: i looked at the error closely … it WAS the TTS file, but it is still r/o so I am going to try through a terminal emulator to delete the file manually

      • Sparxx2k7

        Figured it out! I used Matt’s DroidRAZRUtility v1.82 to take it back to stock with the .211 OTA flash files THEN updated to JB, all while keeping root using the OTA RootKeeper utility.

  • Found something interesting on the Official Moto page when I followed the source link. If you use their upgrade checker they claim the LTE XOOM will be getting JB.

  • I did the upgrade and lost my hotspot ability for pdanet. Aka foxfi.
    Just giving you a heads up.

    • Just root your phone and look up the hack with enabling hotspot on xda-developer’s forum

    • jellybeansmellybean

      i called verizon and Told them that jellybean was not working right on my device and I didnt like it.. I wanted a warranty replacement. They sent me out a new phone with out much fuss.

      Next step is to go to Manage APPS>all>updater>force stop

      Then no more jellybean pushing out to your device.

  • I’m running a custom JB ROM that was published way before any of the leaks and offical builds being released. Is it worth it to go through the hassle to use the Droid Razr utility to flashboot back to stock and then update? I really like JB but the rom I use has some issues..namely DNS server problems about once every day or so…Oh and can anyone confirm that some type of Wifi tether app (Foxfi, etc) works on the Droid Razr running official JB?

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  • Rbq

    Umm, to everyone saying this was fast: 4.1 came out _over 9 months ago_. Same old VZW, Same old Moto. You’re being misled because even though we’re on 4.2 now, it’s still called “Jelly Bean”.

    • Lucky Armpit

      But we all know that just because Google releases an update to their OS doesn’t mean it immediately comes down to our phones. This is Android and it simply doesn’t work that way. Manufacturers and carriers have to tinker, skin, test, approve, etc. 9 months is a heck of a lot faster than previous updates so I ain’t complaining!

  • Ha, where are the people now saying Moto won’t give a second update to old devices?

  • LOL just as I already got rid of my Droid RAZR for the beautiful NEXUS 4 because I got tired of feeling inferior not to mention that hefty Verizon bill .PREPAID ALL THE WAY

  • Tron_67

    Bi- On- Ic, Bi- On- Ic! Yeah, I know they are in no hurry, but yelling make ME feel better….

  • Howie

    It’s official on Verizon’s website now: http://support.verizonwireless.com/pdf/system_update/droid_razr.pdf … if the old PDF shows up, refresh your browser 🙂

  • Sean Carey


  • Russell Sprague

    Droid 4 next please!

  • Poker_vol

    If PDANet+ is still not working, no jelly bean on my phone.

  • mustbepbs

    Hopefully this means D4 isn’t far off.

  • GreenMeansGo

    PDANet+ still no worky with JB, right? I so want to upgrade but I need my free WiFi hotspot!

    • evltwn

      PDANet works fine with my MAXX HD. It’s FoxFi that won’t work on JB.

    • you can root and follow the hack for enabling hotspot on xda-developer’s forum

  • Just 4.1? Not 4.2? Oh well, as long as I have Google Now…..

    • There is no official way for an OTA update to go from 4.0 to 4.2 so they can’t do that.

  • This is great! Now maybe they can focus on getting Jelly Bean on my Bionic!!

  • Does anyone know if I can download Jellybean from the link directly to my phone, or do I need to download it to my desktop, then transfer it to my phone. I’m on ICS if it makes any difference.

    • Downoad directly to phone. I did

    • You can download it directly to your device. Just make sure to move it to the root of your external SD card before trying apply the update.

  • Any word on the Bionic’s update to JB?

    • Last time I checked they said Q1 2013 so they still have another month to go at max.

  • JohnPA2006

    If I could switch to Razr MAXX with a “near stock” jelly bean build on it, without having to get cute with flashing ROMS and stuff. I would trade in my Verizon GS3 for it. I still have a soft spot in my heart for Motorola. Even though 2012 was not their best year for releases.

  • Daniel

    yay, now time to make roms outta this for the Droid 4 unless they feel like pushing the Droid 4 JB update anytime soon…

  • I’m a soak test member, and I got it pushed to me this morning. Seems to have improved the speed drastically.


    my guess is that it didn’t get by verizon’s ‘testing’ phase. the build is dated 2/1/13 so theoretically VZW could have been testing this internally for over a month. anyway, who knows.

    I know mine received the soak test OTA and i manually updated the wifes RAZR MAXX a couple hours ago. hopefully it fixed the stock texting app issues i had where the texts would not send or at least didn’t appear to send at all.

    so far, so good…

    • Near as I can tell all of the issues (lag, messaging, wifi wonkiness) with the leak have been resolved, with a few bonuses (camera app/quality improvements) thrown in for good measure.

      • As far as you can tell does any Wifi tether apps work (Foxfi,etc)? And were you coming from a rooted device or stock?

  • NexusPhan69

    I really feel like Google is starting to push its weight around more and more and that the next nexus is going to be on Verizon for sure. I mean, this update is great timing along with the GNex going to 4.2.2 All good signs of things to come.

  • ZION26

    woooooord about time. waiting…..

  • Dave

    Quick, name the OEM who hasn’t launched a device with belly bean out of the box yet. It starts with an M.

    • Ryan C

      I don’t know of any manufacture to launch a device with belly bean.

      • 4n1m4L


        • Indeed. LG also hasn’t launched a device with JB already on it except for the N4 but the N4 needed to have JB already.

      • Dave

        Wow….that was a bad typo. Haha

        • NexusPhan69

          I found it to be an absolutely hysterical comment.

    • Wrong. The European version of the Razr HD was launched with JB out-of-the-box.

  • Lucky Armpit

    Holy cow, really? How in the heck did they get it past Verizon’s “enhanced testing” so fast?! Believe me, I ain’t complaining! I just downloaded it to my computer via the link you guys posted but if the official is going out too, I might as well wait a few more days. Thank you Motorola and Droid Life!
    This is why my next phone will be a Motorola. Superior hardware, minimal bloat, and what appears to be more timely updates. What’s not to like?

    • John

      Timely updates?

    • The build date was over a month ago. That said, they seemed to bypass Verizon with the “leaked” build (Verizon claimed that they had no knowledge of any update going to any device), so there’s no reason to believe that they couldn’t push it themselves assuming the build was approved.

    • 4n1m4L

      And the gnex is on the most current android now too. Did they go through a policy change? This is awesome

      • NexusPhan69

        I’m hoping that this is all happening because Google is pressuring Verizon and if Verizon cooperates, Google will agree to give Verizon the next nexus. Verizon has seen that the Nexus 4 is quite popular and wants a piece of the next one. All comes down to $$

        • michael arazan

          I’d rather buy my phone through the play store than give verizon a red cent to have to buy the device through them

          • NexusPhan69

            For the many of us locked in work phones and family plans and unlimited we have little choice. Unfortunately.

      • Lucky Armpit

        Yes, this is totally awesome. There are a lot of Android “snobs” that forget that the vast majority of Android users aren’t tinkerers or don’t want to load custom ROMs. I am one of them, so the fact that things are seeming to come out faster for “the rest of us” is great news indeed.

  • Jack Hoffman


  • Ryan C

    Hopefully this fixes all the issues I have with mine and can breathe new life into this device.

    • zmberven

      I was running the Xmas build…it was very nice but frustratingly laggy at times… So far since the “real” update, it’s seemed to work out a few kinks.

      • Because the Xmas build wasn’t the final build.

        • what is the difference between the xmas build and this one? I haven’t seen anything different. My xmas build was smooth as butter. The only thing i noticed is worse battery life. On the xmas build i was getting over 72 hours battery life