Not everybody was excited about Google’s acquisition of Motorola, but there was at least one thing we all enthusiastically expected from Moto. It seemed only logical that the Razr makers will be granted first-row seats to every major Android software update. So it’s very disappointing to see basically no important Moto device upgraded to Jelly Bean, more than two months from the launch of the OS.

Still, there are some signs of improved software support for Motorola devices compared to last year, the latest being an OTA upgrade rolling out to the Atrix HD as we speak. The new tweaks and improvements can’t compare to Jelly Bean’s tasty treats, but they do look like the next best thing.

In fact, the OTA update, which brings the phone’s software version to 77.12.22, has one of the most sizable changelogs we’ve seen in a while, with improvements to Wi-Fi connection, battery life, camera performance, gaming and security.

We can’t say we’ve heard many bug complaints from Atrix HD users, which is yet another reason to praise Motorola for paying attention to little details. Most of the tweaks sound generic and might not change things significantly for regular users (like “improvements in Wi-Fi to allow for stronger connections in more places” and “optimized battery performance for longer battery life”), but others are more specific (new Google Security Patches, for example).

There are also a bunch of apps updated to their latest versions, including Google Chrome, Google+, GMaps, Gmail, and Street View, while the number of pre-loaded software will be increased with Quickoffice, Smart Wi-Fi, and YPmobile.

The OTA update should have already started rolling out to Atrix HD owners, but if you haven’t got yet a prompt message to download the new software package, go ahead to “Settings” – “About Phone” – “System Updates”, and perform a manual check.

The entire list of improvements, as well as the instructions for installing the update, are available here. Have fun and try to keep calm about the Jelly Bean update… at least for a little more. After all, you can’t say that Motorola’s competition has done much better with Android 4.1 upgrades.

  • Coyote

    Awesome, the cameras 10x better. Used to be you couldn’t focus anything closer than 3 feet, made barcodes useless. The removal of the live wallpapers is odd though, but I reinstalled the paper trees one from the play store no problem though.

    • Daniel Guzman

      I rarely use the camera but I noticed a green icon where the camera is focused. is that new? I noticed that the camera focuses and Takes photos much faster than my Atrix 2

  • Richard

    Will this ota be made available in Canada?

  • lauren

    I updated my OS the morning the notification came to my phone. Ever since the update, my touch screen is going CRAZY clicking places far from where I even touch. Super frustrating. Also now when I take video my entire phone freezes for minutes with no way of getting out. No problems before update! Im pretty upset.

  • Kat

    It’s the carrier (AT&T), not Motorola that determines when OS updates are released OTA.