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.
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.
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.
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.
Play Store Download Link
The day Droid RAZR HD and Maxx HD users have been waiting so anxiously for is finally upon us. A developer by the name of Hashcode has released what is known as a “Safestrap” application in the form of an installable .apk file, effectively allowing users to play around with the phone’s software without fear of bricking their device.
The new application gives users the ability to partition multiple sections of the handset’s internal storage in order to flash custom ROMs without affecting the firmware you use as your daily driver. Tinkerers will be excited to know that this is also the method by which you will use to flash a custom recovery, ultimately giving you complete control ofyour RAZR HD.
For more information and directions on how to perform the process, jump past the break.
Sure it sucks that some of you who splurged on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD or RAZR MAXX HD smartphones got shafted with Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean loaded up, but fear not— because the Jelly Bean is officially circulating in the wild… well sorta. The gang at DroidRzr found a mysterious software system build of version 9.1.39 which brings the Android OS to version 4.1.1 and as you can see, brings all the typical Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now. Unfortunately, while the build is indeed leaked out, there is no way to tell how stable it is, so there is room for potential disaster on your smartphone. Still— we know there are plenty of you owners who are feeling lucky or ambitious, so if you’re ready to test out the Jelly Bean goodness on your device, hit the source link for the full instructions.
One of the newest members of Motorola’s RAZR family is on sale for a pretty big discount on Amazon right now. If you’re not already a Verizon customer, you can pick up the RAZR HD for $129 with a two year contract. If you’re already with Big Red, you can still get the device for $149 on a device upgrade. You’re saving money either way, as Verizon is currently asking $199 for the device.
Verizon’s hottest smartphones for the fall may be only a few weeks old, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t get a welcome update, right? Well Verizon and Motorola have announced a minor security update for the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX HD smartphones. The build— version 0.7.2.XT926— brings a “Google Security Patch”… which may or may not remove the ability for owners to partake in any shenanigans with the device.
The update is expected to reach owners sometime within the week, so if you’re an owner of either device, make sure you’re on the lookout for the update.
source: Verizon Wireless