Verizon rolled out – then pulled – Jelly Bean update for Droid Razr and Razr Maxx

by: Bams SadewoDecember 26, 2012


Motorola Droid Razr and Razr Maxx owners have seen their devices upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich about six months ago. ICS was thought to be the end of the update road for the phones, but Moto’s revised Jelly Bean upgrade schedule suggests otherwise.

What can be considered as a holiday miracle, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Droid Razr and the Droid Razr Maxx was pushed out by Verizon on Christmas Eve, only for the carrier to pull it thereafter. Some folks were able to download the whole software package (331.7MB in size) and install Jelly Bean on their phones, while some reported an update failure. If you never saw the update notification, chances are you’ve missed the boat.



If you want to make the jump to Android 4.1, you can head to the following XDA thread to download the software update manually. You should be able to flash the file in stock recovery. Make sure you back up everything first and proceed only at your own risk.

There’s still hope that Verizon will resume and complete the Jelly Bean roll-out for Moto’s Droid Razr and Razr Maxx before the end of the year. Rest assured, we’ll keep you posted. Thrilled about JB making it to your device? Did anyone manage to get the update? Hit the comments below.

  • Jerry Barbero

    Got JB from Great!

  • GregSki86

    Got my girlfriend the Razr upgrade after it was pulled. Thanks Verizon for almost doing something right, smh

    • Eric B

      It is Motorola, not Verizon.

  • Tommerp

    Did that upgrade keep the Webtop intact? It appears so in the picture of the build screens..

  • Eric B

    I had a failed update notice on Wednesday. I since went out and updated on my own.

  • Eric H

    Rolling on rooted JB goodness. I sideloaded the update.and all is well

  • MoRich

    My update started and failed. Called verizon, they said motorola stopped it.

  • zooloo

    Hate it and want to change it back to ICS.

  • Brenduntu

    Download started, then failed. Got it off of xda, loaded it, works great, increased battery life for me.

  • Rob6013

    I caught it on Christmas Eve, and managed to load it before it was pulled. It’s pretty good so far.

  • Cameron

    They pulled the update. It was completely unintended.

  • rocksteady65

    I postponed the install a couple times and finally did it today. My calender lost all of it’s December 2012 data…. Not cool. My browser lost the homepage, exit and a couple other choice bars from the settings menu, so now the browser appears to stay open when I hit the home icon, because I can’t hit exit… Not cool. Anybody else have that problem or know how to fix it?

    • You can click on the multiple tab icon in the top right corner of the browser and then close it that way. Technically the same amount of clicks……kind of stupid though.

  • Ralph Chetnik

    Got update message while shopping in Christmas eve as always while using Nav, thought it was a google Navigator update. Then it took forever to download going in and out of 4G areas. On reboot I had the dancing droid while it took a good while to boot. That was when I realized the Christmas Miracle. Is there a residual update of the update on my phone. My daughter didn’t catch it.

  • razrtoorazr

    I got the jelly on my RAZR Christmas eve & downloaded it to my wife’s RAZR today! The world is a better place this Dec. 2012

  • chris

    i got the jelly bean and now my foxfi no longer works as its pushed to see if i have subsciption and also when booted it comes up with two errors one on usb anther one is something about….i dont see any advantage of having jelly bean only got problems

    • chuckwaggon

      I agree Chris they forced me to the upgrade today and when my phone started back up I had all my wife locked in Fox 5 and PDA was gone!! that really blows I did not ask for an upgrade I want to figure out how to go back to the the old version of software I had!! if you know please let me know!!

  • audiomaster01

    Never got an update. :(

  • Wbarr3162

    I missed the actual update but manually downloaded and updated my razr maxx last week with no issues. I must say that the these android versions just keep getting better and better. I love Jelly Bean.



  • Rob Bowser

    Got the update. Absolutely hate it! Do not like the pic gallery most of all do not like the fade in when its unlocked No more big Weather widget either

  • greendaze

    Got the full update to jb and had it about two months now my phone is back to running ics and I would rather have jb myself

  • chuckwaggon

    I was forced to take the 4.1 jelly bean upgrade, which I did not want because now it has blocked my wifi usage. how do I go back to the old software I had? I was just fine with that!!#