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Motorola Sending Out Soak Test Invites for DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD

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Invites from Motorola to join a RAZR HD and MAXX HD soak test are landing in email boxes, hoping that some owners out there will test a new software build for the devices. Both devices run the exact same software on Verizon, Android 4.1.2 with Blur on top. Could this be for Android 4.2?

Soak tests usually take a couple of days to start. Once they rollout to testers and are successful, the official update tends to go live a few days later.

Here is the email that is being sent out.

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Droid RAZR HD and RAZR HD Maxx on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid RAZR HD or HD Maxx, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link — *retracted* — to take the enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. The registration window could close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Cheers Sam, Jeesung, Michael, Robert, and Campbell!

  • sastone75

    I got the software update today. The only thing I’ve noticed is my last hd maxx was easy to root with motochopper. This one it runs the process but will not download the binary codes etc. SO, basically you can’t root it after the update make sure you do it before. It’s still andriod 4.1.2 not 4.2 though. :-(

  • traumadog

    I bet this update is a patch to that apk vulnerability…

  • joe

    I received an invite for a RAZR m soak test today

  • Justin W

    Got an invite today, but sadly, I no longer have my Razr HD. Returned it and then jumped ship from Vzw to prepaid and a fresh Nexus 4.

  • Short Bus Johnson

    I can’t wait to customize my new Moto phone with choice of CPU, screen size, resolution, wifi bands, audio chip, power button location and invisible cloaking option.

  • Nelson Biggs

    Motorola is crap. I will be soaking mine in the bottom of the bowl.

  • nick rigsby

    I know this sounds dumb, but where can i find the widgets in 4.2.2 that are displayed at the top of the screenshot in the post?

    • barrfly

      you need to run moto’s home app or you can get ‘one more clock’ from the market (missing some functions, but 85% similar)

      • nick rigsby

        thanks so much :)

      • nick rigsby

        @00a1c9e775ff886d8192c1a08afb471f:disqus i remember being in a verizon store and them showing me a circular clock and it would flip with a left or right swipe, is that what is in the screen shot or no? And i also can’t remember what was on the other side of the clock, i just remembered i liked it.
        Thanks so much for the app name :)

  • Dana Alan

    Glad I’m not going through the waiting game with Moto anymore. My phone is rooted, and running 4.2.2, and my tablet is running 4.2.1. No more Moto for me, and I used to be a die hard customer.

  • Bill Hill

    ITS A TRAP!

    • sounder

      Your email filter can’t repel spam of that magnitude!

  • Michael

    I FINALLY GOT MENTIONED ON DROID LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I’M MICHAEL!)

  • Robert Nellis

    a little off topic, but whatever happened to Jelly Bean for the Moto XOOM 4G LTE? I got an invite for the soak test a long time ago and haven’t heard anything since. I know it’s a tablet older than time, but us proud owners still want some JB.

  • valapsp

    Cmon i want those updates on my RAZR maxx. drop the HD and everyone appreciates it.

    • hkklife

      ALL of the TI-powered Motos have 99% likely reached the end of the line as far as support and updates are concerned.

      (Bionic, Droid 4, RAZR, RAZR Maxx, Atrix 2). It’s S4 or bust from here on, sorry.

      • Nathaniel Newman

        Guess my Maxx HD might see an update but it may be the end of the road for my Bionic!

  • Jeremy Martin

    This is the patch to fix the bootloader unlock hack. I’d bet money on that.

    • Suman Gandham

      Knowing Verizon, this is probably spot on…

  • bull3946

    The last update said it wasn’t upgrading the Android version with (exact same language.) However, it updated android from 4.1.1 to 4.1.2. I think 4.2.2 is very likely based on what happened last time. I think Moto means desert level upgrades when they say that. 4.2.2 is still Jelly Bean and therefore is only a minor release and not an Android version upgrade.

  • Roseburg Help Desk

    Razr & razr maxx were first but hd gets glory, sad.

  • DJ SPY

    No doubt it’s a patch for the boot loader.

    • John Zampier

      Yup, it is vital that we test and make sure we screw over as many people as possible from doing what they want on their devices.

  • shecalledmejay

    Off subject but does anybody know how to trick the Play store into thinking you have a different phone?

    • needa

      i think all you need is a build.prop editor.

  • Bill Hill

    My RAZR Maxx says hi -_-

    • Heartless12

      I just about had it with moto

  • Suman Gandham

    Perhaps they’ve fixed the god awful camera on this device?

    • xgshortbus25

      Hey if your rooted and get the new camera .apk from DL for the google devices it makes the camera great and a lot quicker!!!

      • DJ SPY

        Why do de need to be rooted to get the camera app?

        • DanPatrickFlores

          No need to be rooted, mine works fine just downloading the apk, then disabling the stock camera to get the new one to be the default

          • xgshortbus25

            True you don’t need to be rooted for the camera. but so far I have noticed the picture do have a better quality.

      • Suman Gandham

        Does it actually improve the quality though? At the moment regular pics are grainy as hell… don’t even get me started on low light pics.

        It’s the one major flaw with this phone IMO :(

        • Kyle Coppess

          YES! I’ve taken multiple side by side comparison shots, and the new google camera apk is much better.

          In well lit situations, the colors are more accurate and the pics are slightly less grainy IMO. In dark situations, it’s a no contest. Far less grain (still a little grainy, but much better), more well lit without being over exposed, better detail. It actually looks like a real picture instead of just blurry grainy nothingingness. In dark situations I’ve stopped taking pics with the moto camera because I new they wouldn’t come out at all. Now with this new camera I’m able to start again *party* :D

          Reading the comments on this article changed how I use my phone! Thanks for the tip xgshortbus25!

          Download and install the apk (search this: “Download new stock camera app from google play edition phones” on droid life), disable the moto stock camera app and gallery, and the new ones will be the defaults (it shows up on the lock screen instead of the moto app).

          • Suman Gandham

            Cool thanks, might give this a go… from your pics, the new Google Cam is obviously better, but tbh, they are still both pretty shocking compared to what I would expect (vs. known performers like the HOX, Lumia, HONE… and yeah, the dirty i*hone).

        • kixofmyg0t

          Did you tweak the quality settings in the media profiles XML? I found that trick in the Nexus 4 forums and it works for us too. Its not mind blowing but it helps IMO.

          • Kyle Coppess

            No, when I take pics I just take pics. When the photos are instant uploaded to Google+ I have the auto enhance on, but with or without it, it doesn’t matter, the stock google camera is >>>>>>>> than the moto cam app. No question about it.

          • Kyle Coppess

            Check these pics out:

            Pic 1 – Moto Cam: http://imageshack.us/f/443/oi6s.jpg/

            Pic 1 – Google Cam: http://imageshack.us/f/849/qad5.jpg/

            Open them in different tabs, full screen them, and check out the wall/windows details on the left, the outline of the tree against the sky on the right, and the building/cars in the top right corner.

  • drake90001

    http://puu.sh/3uy7g/28451105c5.png

    Edit:
    tl;dr
    THIS IS NOT A FULL SOFTWARE UPDATE.

    • drebin198

      Reddit user, eh?

      • Justin W

        Reddit OP.

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      Im hoping this corrects the
      stability of the stock rom, if I play music I can usually expect a
      reboot or two each and every trip. Never did it on ICS. Oh, and the
      totally broken red eye correction, lol just puts green circles on the
      eyes. Thats not all, but thats what I can think of right now.

  • Warwick

    The Canadian versions works on ATT / TMobile.

    • Suman Gandham

      I use an imported Canadian XT925 here in the UK – love it :D

    • Butters619

      I almost bought the XT925, but forking over nearly $700 just didn’t make a bit of sense especially considering it wasn’t the Maxx version.

      • Suman Gandham

        I only paid CA$433, which worked out at around £275 – massive bargain :D

        • Butters619

          Man if I could have gotten it for the price within the first 6 months of release I probably would have bitten. I looked for a bit, but never found it that low. Now I’m just waiting for the next batch of Moto phones or the next Nexus.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Can confirm that the 925 does in fact work on AT&T. I have a coworker with one.

      • Alexander Sinco Reyes

        I bet it does,here in Mexico was the first phone with LTE in Telcel, which is the largest carrier here and it uses as far as I know the same bands as AT&T, but can’t be sure.

  • Todd Johnston

    Will this break root on the Razr HD?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Most likely, and it may also patch the exploit used to unlock the bootloader as well.

  • huskerhog

    I have a RAZR Maxx, not an HD, and I received the invite. I got pretty excited at first as I was confident that I had received the last update for my phone.

    • dplevn

      I’m right there with you. I was psyched until I started the survey….. OldSchool Maxx here

    • Lucky Armpit

      Yup, same here. I got the invite and was stoked, until I read it was for the HD and HD Maxx. Oh well.

  • Capt. Crunch

    So someone needs to pull the file and upload it when the time comes

  • Sean Plantz

    Im hoping this corrects the stability of the stock rom, if I play music I can usually expect a reboot or two each and every trip. Never did it on ICS. Oh, and the totally broken red eye correction, lol just puts green circles on the eyes. Thats not all, but thats what I can think of right now.

  • boehmer365247

    It’s not 4.2

    • Sean Plantz

      source?

      • Boehmer365247

        It says so as soon as you open the link in the email.

        • Sean Plantz

          hhmmm never saw it say that.

          • boehmer365247

            It says “This is a small maintenance release — not an upgrade to the Android operating system.”

          • Sean Plantz

            Id be happy if they fixed all the issues in 4.1.2, if they make it stable, I could gaf about 4.2, had it on the Nexus and was not that much of an improvement. I didn’t see that wording on the survey, but I can see them not upgrading it to 4.2 anyways.

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    I used it on Italys GSM networks.. should work fine so long as yours is unlocked…

    • Matthew Merrick

      Even if VZW will unlock a phone, it’s going to be international only – still Verizon locked in the states

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    THIS MAKES ME EXCITED. All the 4.2 ROMs have issues!!! :)

    • Joey Sandoval

      Not the latest build by dhacker, completely stable

      • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

        o rly…. how long have you been running it? Have you used GPS and camcorder?

        • Joey Sandoval

          Camcorder is up, GPS is perfect, been running it since yesterday morning

          • Castortroy

            yea except there’s too many browser issues…stock browser always just randomly closes and chrome shows black squares everywhere…definitely not a daily driver yet

          • Jason

            I’m running LiquidSmooth 4.2.2, using chrome to post this from my HD Maxx right now. Been my DD for a while.

          • Castortroy

            Im talking about dhackers latest build not all 422 roms

          • Joey Sandoval

            I havent had any of those issues, but there is a bit of lag every now and then. You sure u are running latest? 7/03

      • John Zampier

        pfft, there’s no such thing as a stable ROM. There’s only ROMs that do different things than stock AND are stable for a week at most. I’ve used probably 50 ROMs, with multiple kernels, split between every different manufacturer of devices; LG, Samsung, Motorola, ASUS (OK, no Sony or HTC): Optimus V, Triumph, G2X, Galaxy Reverb, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, andRazr HD. Doesn’t mean /I/ won’t stop trying though, but there is NO SUCH THING.

      • kixofmyg0t

        Sleep of death issues been fixed?

    • MichaelFranz

      lots of issues got fixed back on 6/20-6/22. camcorder was fixed before then. A lot of the Roms that are up to date with any of Dhackers commits are for the most part stable. Dhacker has his own CM build as well as an official liquidsmnooth 2.8 build and a paranoid android build. all working great.

      I have also run carbon, pacman, liquid, and Axiom. Axiom is going through a rebuild phase but everything else is running mint!! its really a to-each-his-own kind of market for roms now. Just making sure the most current build is up to date

  • Capt. Crunch

    Right before we get 4.3, interesting maybe moto is trying to stay only one step behind instead of many.

    • Knlegend1

      That is hilarious!!!