Verizon slip-up lets Motorola Droid RAZR owners update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

by: David GonzalesJanuary 2, 2013

Motorola Droid RAZR update

Some owners of the Android-powered Motorola Droid RAZR were able to celebrate a very merry Christmas last month thanks to an unannounced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software update that was “accidentally” leaked. The update was later pulled from Verizon’s servers not long after the leak was discovered as an apparent attempt to fix the situation. So all of the people who somehow missed the short update window when the software was still available are now unfortunately out of luck.

Or are they? As it turns out, Droid RAZR users that are still running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich still have a chance to upgrade to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean after all – albeit through an unofficial method. This method has been made available by user spc_hicks09 through the XDA Developers forum where he has posted all of the necessary software files along with detailed instructions. A fair amount of warning was thrown up in there as well, as it spc_hicks09 stresses:


Clearly, the instructions are only for those who have decided to fully upgrade their devices to the latest available version of the Android software for it. If you’re feeling adventurous or you want to switch up your software from ICS which is about six months old now, then by all means check out the step-by-step upgrade method posted over on the XDA Developers forum.

  • philnolan3d

    I saw this a few days ago. I’ll wait until it comes out officially. Who knows what they might change when it comes out for real?

    • Jared Persinger

      I’ve seen someone get the update and it still has a few bugs in it

  • ian

    I did the manual update and after a few days my RAZR is still running flawless. Love jellybean !

  • i’ve been running it for a couple of days now… there aren’t many big bugs, just a couple of little ones, but for the most part the bugs that are in jelly bean aren’t as bad as the bugs in ics. i haven’t had any connectivity issues at all since jelly bean

  • Neal Chapman

    Can anyone list the bugs they are seeing for those of us who are considering making the switch?

    • Sara

      loss of speed dial….not even an option…..cuts battery life in half…..autofill is not intuitive at all…fills in wrong words….have to delete system cache to get blue tooth to work…..and the list goes on and on and on… is horrible

  • The staff at the local V-store said they received an email that JB is rolling out over the next two weeks. This was the same employee who earlier had refused to admit the Bionic data issue (since resolved with a Maxx for me), so I’d take his word with caution.

  • spc_hicks09

    I personally haven’t noticed any bugs any at all. Been running it since the day it dropped. Some people seeing issues may not have been running complete stock .211 before upgrading.

  • Zuk mud

    google play movies and tv dont play when you use the hdmi

  • Cool how spc_hicks posted this to xda several days after it was posted on droidrzr and after he suddenly left that site…..

    • For one, I didn’t leave the site. I was wrongly banned. Number 2, none of the backstabbers from droidrzr had anything to do with MY zipfile, or MY thread.

  • Bugs. motorala.vmm something or the other stops working… dont know what it does. occasionally my phone freezes… i’ll be typing a text and no letters are displayed…. random phone shutdowns… i’ve been burned by this a few times as obviously alarms dont work when the phone is off… other than that i havent seen too many other issues

  • droid razr xda

    Bluetooth share not work for the rest everthing its fine! I love!

  • droid razr xda

    For fix bugs just use option factory reset but remember to backup all you picture e your contact first and take the sd card off before start!verizon fix all my little bugs with the factory reset and now i have at new phone!