It looks like Verizon finally remember that they released the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX phones, and that they’re still in desperate need of updates. So for anyone who has one of these devices and for some reason isn’t running a ROM that is somewhat current, you’re about to be real happy. You guys have been waiting some time now for the updates, and Verizon and Motorola have been known to be slow to deliver.
OK, perhaps not that happy. The good news is you’re about to get your upgrades to Jellybean. You’ll finally get to enjoy features like Google Now, an improved smart keyboard, and an awesome new notification bar that is drastically more interactive.
The bad news is it’s only 4.1, so you’re still behind the curve compared to everyone else. Stop running stock. Just stop. For those interested, here’s the full run of new stuff to look forward to straight from Motorola’s change log.
OTA downloads start today, and should go in batches over the next week.
New User Interface Look and Feel
Updated colors, font, icons, and animations.
New Features Google Now
Added feature that generates real-time notifications throughout the day with relevant, contextual information such as weather, traffic, calendar. To access Google Now, press and hold the phone’s search key.
Improved Features Voice Search
Enhanced Voice Search to recognize questions asked in colloquial language, such as “Do I need an umbrella today?” Some questions may receive a spoken answer, while others will trigger a Google Search.
Improved image quality with better contrast and details, and more intuitive Panorama Mode.
Enhanced dictionaries to be more accurate and relevant and added capability to predict next word in a sequence when typing. Improved text-to-speech capabilities that now work without a data connection.
Added capability to zoom out to filmstrip mode where photos can be deleted by swiping up and down.
Added actions to some notifications that can be taken directly from the notifications shade. Added capability to expand and collapse email and text notifications by pinching fingers, in order to view more or less information.
Added capability to support mobile hotspot for improved performance.
New Chrome Browser provides multi-tabbed web surfing with the world’s most popular browser.
Fixes: Quick Office
Resolved random instances of Quick Office closing when reviewing a document.
Faster updates to MS Outlook email & calendar
3G & 4G Connectivity
Improved voice and data connectivity quality, reducing instances of losing 3G and 4G services.
Reduced time needed to access GPS signal.
Easier to find and edit Audio Effects settings through the music player.
More easily create a music playlist using on-device music player
Contacts will sync more often, eliminating the need to wait for manual or nighttime sync.
Improved GSM roaming connectivity for global use.
Changes: Removed Applications
Social Location, MOTOACTV, MOTOPRINT, Alarm and Timer (replaced by Google Clock), Verizon Video on Demand
My Gallery, My MOTOCAST, My Music, Picture Slideshow, Social Location, Sticky Note, Weather & World Clock
MOTOCAST is no longer integrated into MyMusic, Files, and Gallery, and is a stand alone app on the device. It has been enhanced with an easy to understand interface, faster speeds, higher performance and ability to support large content libraries. Will need to re-log into the app using your MOTOCAST ID to continue remote access.
The My Gallery app has been removed and replaced with a standard Google Gallery app for viewing photos and videos.
The My Music app has been removed and replaced with Google Play Music app. Specific setup information can be found in the Android PLAY store.