Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas hopes dashed, as Jelly Bean update for RAZR, RAZR MAXX arrives, then is pulled

It appears that the original Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR Maxx are receiving a Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.2) update -- or are they?

First reported by Android Central, the devices were supposed to be receiving a 300MB update Android 4.1.2, starting on Christmas Eve. That's not overly huge, as the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III saw its Android 4.1.1 update clock in at 400MB. However, end users had problems getting the update.

Comments on the report seemed to indicate that most seem to be seeing extremely slow download speeds, and although some managed to get the build, there came a point where those that were currently trying are either seeing "download suspended" or "download failed." After that point, trying to manually check for an update comes up with the typical "device is up-to-date" message.

What does all this mean? It looks like the trigger was pulled earlier and accidentally by someone. The RAZR and RAZR MAXX were not supposed to be getting Jelly Bean -- at least not yet -- after all.

The fact that there was a build ready to go means that they are close, and at the very least that the devices will get the update eventually. Those that received the update before it was pulled got Android 4.1.2 with system build 98.72.

It's too bad, as Android 4.1.2 has a number of nice improvements, including Google Now. Verizon and Motorola hadn't put any information up about the build, anyway, so it seemed like it may have been faux, as it turned out to be.

There's no word on whether or not the build is official or when and if a newer build of 4.1.2 will be released.

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