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

January 2, 2013
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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:

“CAUTION!!!!! AFTER INSTALLING THIS UPDATE, IT IS COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE TO GO BACK TO ICS!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!”

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.

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