It's been a long time coming, but Motorola today officially announced that the Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean) update for the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX will be rolling out in phases soon. The update brings all the Android 4.1 trimmings you may have already come to know and love, like Google Now, enhanced rich notifications, and more.


This update is also supposedly heavily de-bloated in terms of Moto's old don't-call-it-BLUR software suite, with many apps having been replaced with their Google-made counterparts. Here's Motorola's detailed changelog:

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.
  • Camera: Improved image quality with better contrast and details, and more intuitive Panorama Mode.
  • Keyboard: 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.
  • Gallery: Added capability to zoom out to filmstrip mode where photos can be deleted by swiping up and down.
  • Notifications: 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.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Added capability to support mobile hotspot for improved performance.
  • Chrome Browser: New Chrome Browser provides multi-tabbed web surfing with the world's most popular browser.


  • Quick Office: Resolved random instances of Quick Office closing when reviewing a document.
  • Outlook Sync:Faster updates to MS Outlook email & calendar
  • 3G & 4G Connectivity: Improved voice and data connectivity quality, reducing instances of losing 3G and 4G services.
  • Google Maps: Reduced time needed to access GPS signal.
  • Audio Settings: Easier to find and edit Audio Effects settings through the music player.
  • Music Playlists: More easily create a music playlist using on-device music player
  • Contacts: Contacts will sync more often, eliminating the need to wait for manual or nighttime sync.
  • Global Roaming: Improved GSM roaming connectivity for global use.


  • Removed Applications: Social Location, MOTOACTV, MOTOPRINT, Alarm and Timer (replaced by Google Clock), Verizon Video on Demand
  • Removed Widgets: My Gallery, My MOTOCAST, My Music, Picture Slideshow, Social Location, Sticky Note, Weather & World Clock
  • MOTOCAST® 2.0: 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.
  • My Gallery: The My Gallery app has been removed and replaced with a standard Google Gallery app for viewing photos and videos.
  • My Music: 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.

Manual update instructions will be coming down the pipe soon, but for now, you'll just have to keep hitting that check for update button.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://danielharris.co/ Daniel Harris

    When will we see an update for the Droid 4?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      According to Motorola: at some point...!

    • Scott

      It's probably next on the list.

    • jonathan3579

      Patience is a virtue when it comes down to old(er) skinned Android devices. Sadly, it's sometimes still a virtue for new(er) devices as well.

  • wickets

    thanks for the info

  • ElfirBFG

    Stock Gallery? Finally.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Wife has the Razr can't wait to see it....and as a glimpse of what I can expect when it finally comes to my Bionic :-)

    • http://profiles.google.com/flamesbladeflcl Flame Blade

      They promised to bring it to the bionic I will be very happy if it does.

  • http://twitter.com/TwinShadow_SH Ryan

    I'm still waiting for it on the Bionic. But there's a chance the Droid 4 and Bionic could receive it at the same time I would guess. Nice to see that pretty much the entirety of Blur is removed from the latest updates. Bionic could use some better updates on the radios though.. I lose 4G frequently at work for some reason when its not that far from my house where its stable.

    • Scott

      The new moto software is so much better than the old moto software. It's the closest you can get to stock android.


    m also looking forwd 2 buy it cum soon...!!!

  • imsoupercereal

    Boo on removing motocast integration! I thought that was pretty sweet.

  • http://twitter.com/RaspberryDuff Matt

    Just FYI, "coming down the pipe" was originally "coming down the pike" (referring to a turnpike) and this is still considered the *more* correct usage, though both are acceptable. Yay semantics!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Bewinxed Omar Al Matar

    I live in jordan, my XT-912 works with GSM from a carrier here, Will updating remove that or will it be locked to verizon?

  • Don

    cant wait after the hipe

  • Sean Butler

    I know this is an old article but I have a Droid Razr XT912 that is getting prompted to download 4.1. However, when I download and try to install it, it stops halfway through, restarts and says " Install failed". Can anyone tell me what this might be? I am unrooted (actually just did a factory reset today) but my phone is a little beat up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rsuch Ryan Such

      I'm having the same exact issue. Completely unrooted and completely returned to stock and it fails about 40% of the way through on mine.

      • Dorothy

        Me too...at least until yesterday...when it failed again, but this time my battery had a ? in it instead of a lightning bolt or blue to indicate the amount of life left...and I plugged it in last night to charge...and this morning...NO ALARM CUZ THE THING WAS DEAD. Tried the reboot, tried the fast reboot (not enough battery) tried the recovery (couldn't cuz phone screen is locked it said) and then I think it tried to fry my macbook pro. I'm so pissed at this phone...

  • Ham

    Ohhh, NO!! No more motorola stuff? I don't like the new update

  • Denise

    I don't understand the nw n improved GALLERY of pictures. Instead of previously listing them in chronological dates from top to button, now they are divided up under
    Camera , camera, shared, saved with no dates n what are these new titles?

  • frustrated user

    this shitty update that was forced upon verizon customers bricked my phone....thx verizon...fuckerz!!!!

    • Dorothy

      YEP. MINE TOO DUDE. You have any luck with anyone? Verizon told me I was a loser with an old ass phone and to bend over for them to screw me up my ass. I am so pissed...