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Jelly Bean For Original DROID RAZR & MAXX: Where Art Thou?

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An A+ is always out of reach of Motorola, at least when it comes down to giving out software updates. However on saying this they did well when they recently gave out the update to the Motorola Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD. Both of these handsets very recently got Jelly Bean 4.1, but of course Motorola had promised this when the handsets were revealed. So while this is good news for owners of the devices, it seems that there are some handsets out there that Motorola are ignoring.

Motorola DROID RAZR & RAZR MAXX Jelly Bean update

When Motorola rolled out Jelly Bean for the two handsets there were many that were surprised that the company had managed to keep to their word about getting it out on time. This of course is not always the easiest thing to do in the world and Motorola deserves a pat on the back for it. Those who had bought the Motorola Droid Razr HD and the Razr Maxx HD of course were over the moon about the new software.

However there are problems having too many devices. Last November Motorola, along with Verizon launched the original Droid Razr with Android 2.3, known as Gingerbread. In January this was followed by the Razr Maxx, which also came with Gingerbread. In June of 2012 both handsets received the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and this allowed owners to get even closer to being up to date with the updates. Jelly Bean 4.1 was of course out at this time and Android 4.2 was around the corner.

So it seemed that the Droid Razr HD and the Razr Maxx HD would be getting Android 4.1, however the Razr and the Razr Maxx were left hanging. Some people asked Motorola and Verizon about this, wanting to know if they would get the update to Android 4.1. These devices after all were the first ones out and they are capable of running the update. Therefore they should get updated after the latest devices, surely?

Since October Motorola have said that the devices will be upgraded to Android 4.1, however they haven’t given out any date. All owners of the handsets know is that they will get the update at some point, but not when. Of course this has happened before with other devices, however it doesn’t stop it being very frustrating for those with the handsets.

There are some people that believe that the update to Android 4.0 was the reason that Android 4.1 was delayed for the Razr and the Razr Maxx. Motorola were at work on the 4.0 update for handsets and so there was a delay before starting work on optimising handsets for the new software. After all you cannot have too many good things at once.

Of course Motorola could appease the owners of the handsets if they just went ahead and rolled out Android 4.2 for the handsets. If this were the case they would get a lot of points. However knowing Motorola, the original RAZR phones will be waiting for Android 4.1 and if anything, we won’t be seeing it until sometime in Q1 2013.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.