Whenever Google releases a new version, or major update, to Android one of the most common questions for owners of existing phones is whether their device will ever benefit. Owners of the Motorola DROID devices from 2012, the DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR M, and DROID RAZR MAXX HD has some reason to be concerned when Android 4.4 KitKat was released last fall as their devices were already “old” in terms of smartphones. They probably breathed a sigh of relief when Motorola announced they would make KitKat available for their devices at some point. After months of no updates though, some were questioning whether Motorola was really committed to the effort to make KitKat available for their devices. The good news for most, if not all, of these owners is that David Schuster with Motorola posted over the weekend that the update was only “a few more weeks” away. » Read the rest
When Google released Android 4.4 KitKat, one of the primary benefits mentioned was Project Svelte, an effort to make the operating system run on older, less powerful hardware than the current crop of high-end smartphones and tablets. Demonstrating the possibilities this opens, Motorola is now indicating that the DROID RAZR HD, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD and the DROID RAZR M will all be getting an update to KitKat.
Motorola does not indicate when this should occur. It seems likely that other, newer devices like all the Moto X variants and smartphones like the DROID ULTRA, DROID MAXX and DROID Mini will get their updates first. The fact that Motorola is looking out for owners of older devices is good news for users with these devices and could help Motorola establish a reputation in the market as providing decent support for the life of a device when it comes to making operating system updates available.
Verizon has announced updates for both the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX, bringing enhancements and bug fixes to both.The updates include new versions of Backup Assistant and Motorola’s Smartactions, as well as improved GPS reliability, increased stability, improved Bluetooth connectivity, SMS fixes, and support for VMware Horizon Mobile. Security fixes are also included.
You can see a full overview of the updates via the source links below. The updates should begin rolling out in the next few weeks.
We usually don’t get exciting news on Sunday nights, but get ready for this one. A method to unlock the bootloaders on a few popular Motorola phones has been achieved by Dan Rosenberg. If you own a DROID RAZR HD (and MAXX HD), DROID RAZR M, or Atrix HD you are in luck. This method appears to be tied to Snapdragon processors only since it will not work on any devices with OMAP CPUs.
The instructions haven’t been posted yet, but the above image, as well as the one below, is proof enough. Word is the method will be posted tomorrow, and we will let you know as soon it’s posted. Hit the break for another image and a video of the Atrix HD unlocked.
Verizon has been on fire with their updates lately. We’ve seen the Droid 4 and the Galaxy Nexus receive updates just this week, and the Droid RAZR HD looks to be joining that group. It’s not a major update like the other two phones, but hey, any kind of update is better than no update at all.
This update build 9.16.6 features a security fix, camera improvements, WiFi connectivity improvements, and a handful of other handy enhancements. Both the Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD will be getting this update as soon as Verizon starts to roll it out OTA in the next week or two. Let us know in the comments if you get your hands on the update.
We learned late last week that Jelly Bean would begin rolling out to the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD ’in phases’ during this week. Now, it appears that Verizon has opened up the gates and all versions should be getting the update at this time. Look for that update notification and, as always, take a look in your About Phone options to see if you can grab it manually. The update will of course bring Google Now and the improvements to notifications. Additionally, Verizon has purportedly improved voice and data connectivity as well as made ‘improvements’ to the stock calendar. Anyone with the update that can provide specifics?
Fed Ex just delivered a package from Motorola, and it was definitely a surprise since I wasn’t expecting a review unit. I knew if wasn’t a device since it was so light, so I opened it right away to find out what it was. In the box I found a bunch of silver tinsel, a bag of red and black jelly beans from Jelly Belly, and a picture card of the DROID RAZR HD display with a text message conversation about the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. As you know the update is rolling out this week to DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD users.
I know jelly beans and tinsel doesn’t cost a lot of money, but this was no cheap endeavor when you consider these were sent Fed Ex to many media outlets. Motorola is certainly proud they have been able to deliver Jelly Bean to their latest devices ahead of most of the other manufacturers. Hopefully this will be a trend that continues (and improve). So lets see, Key Lime Pie should be announced next May. Does that mean I can expect a pie on my doorstep shortly thereafter?
There are several apps available to help manage your device’s notification light, but we’ve never seen an official application released by a prominent manufacturer to accomplish the task, until now. Today Motorola has rolled out its official Notification Light Widget for Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD handsets. The toggle widget allows users to simply turn their notification light on and off via a nifty homescreen widget. Yeah, it’s that simple.
The best part, though, is that the application appears to work with most Android devices that have notification lights. What’s more is the widget seems to blend nicely with stock Android, and it is completely free. Interested parties can head to the Play Store download link or scan the QR code below to try it out.
Time for the news that owners of the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD have been waiting for: Jelly Bean has been approved for those devices and will begin rolling out in phases beginning next week per news straight from Verizon:
Friday, Nov. 30: DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD by Motorola are the next smartphones to be upgraded to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The software upgrade will be pushed out to customers in phases starting next week. Customers can visit the support page for more information about the Jelly Bean upgrade.
Along with all the stock Android 4.1 goodies like Google Now and improvements to notifications, Verizon has purportedly improved voice and data connectivity as well as made ‘improvements’ to the stock calendar. They’ve also tweaked the Back Up Assistant. The update comes in at a hefty 276MB, so be sure you’re prepared when you get that prompt to update.
At Motorola’s announcement for the DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR M a few months ago, the company promised that it would update its new handsets to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) sometime before the end of the year. Well, with only six weeks left until December 31st, Motorola appears to be making good on its promise. Owners of the DROID RAZR HD who are signed up for Motorola’s Feedback Network are receiving invites to beta-test a new software build. Since the Motorola DROID RAZR M already received its taste of Jelly Bean, it makes sense that the DROID RAZR HD (and RAZR HD MAXX) will be next in line to receive Google’s latest offering. Even though there is no official word on what exactly the update contains, we are guessing that DROID RAZR HD (and HD MAXX) owners are in for a tasty treat!
Did any of you RAZR HD owners receive an invite? What feature are you looking forward to most in the newest update? Let us know in the comments!