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OTA update brings Android 2.3.6 to the Motorola DROID RAZR and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

OTA update brings Android 2.3.6 to the Motorola DROID RAZR and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The OTA update brings Android 2.3.6 to the Motorola DROID RAZR and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
The OTA update brings Android 2.3.6 to the Motorola DROID RAZR and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

The OTA update brings Android 2.3.6 to the Motorola DROID RAZR and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

Software version 6.12.173.XT912.Verizon.en.US is being pushed to owners of the Motorola DROID RAZR and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX in the form of an OTA firmware update. The update can also be had by going to Settings>About Phone>System Updates. And the good news is that not only will it bring Android 2.3.6 to the two models, it also brings a ton of new features.

The entire change list is as follows:

APPLICATIONS
  • Mobile Hotspot will now successfully allow other devices to connect to all
  • Improvements in the Mobile Hotspot security.
  • VZ Navigator has been updated with the latest 3D map improvements.
  • Visual Voice Mail messages can be marked as read.
  • Visual Voice Mail message playback resumes when audio is switched to speaker.
  • Visual Voice Mail will successfully subscribe or unsubscribe while connected with Wifi.
  • Successfully press back key after playback in Visual Voice Mail without error.
  • V CAST App now comes preloaded.
  • MotoCast installation steps have been improved for easier use.

DATA CONNECTIVITY

  • Improved stability of data connectivity after Airplane Mode is disabled.
  • Improved data throughput performance in low-signal 4G environments.

DEVICE OPERATION

  • Improved Battery life when using Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) Bluetooth headsets.
  • Successfully save multimedia ringtones.
  • Favorite Contacts widget has been updated.
  • Improved device stability when moving between home screen panels.
  • Email icon has been updated for improved visibility.
  • When performing an Over the Air (OTA) update, the display will correctly show the remaining download time.
  • CMAS (Commercial Mobile Alert Service) feature has been added.


Sure, it isn't the Android 4.0 update that you were hoping for, but it does bring enough changes to improve the functionality of both models. And who knows? Perhaps the next update will bring you that Ice Cream Sandwich that you have been craving.


source: Verizon (DROID RAZR), (DROID RAZR MAXX)

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posted on 07 Feb 2012, 07:51

1. islanderbaw (Posts: 8; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


Mmm . . . went in and says, Device up to date. Not available yet, I guess. ;(

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 18:12

15. bamdrd (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


My wife and I both hav the Droid Razr maxx. I got the update but she did not. I talked to the verizon rep and he said they push out the updates a little at a time in case there is an issue. They don't want to blow up everyones phone at once. So if you don't have it yet it should be coming. There is a way to manually update to but not with the system update function.

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 08:03 2

2. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


What the hell are these guys smokin'? I haven't experienced any of the issues mentioned in this update. To be fair, though, not using Mobile Hotspot or VZ Nav'. But, more importantly, I don't have any data connectivity issues; managed to gorge 35GB last month alone. Battery not an issue. Consumers should be forced to take mandatory trainings on how to use smartphones before they buy. Or, they should be forced to buy iPhones since, they require very little iNtelliGence.

Motorola: please stop wasting time with unnecessary updates and give us ICS (already)!

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 08:20 2

3. networkdood (Posts: 6306; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Agreed, especially updates to improve bloatware apps that I have removed - a waste of an update - battery life on the RAZR easily gives me a day to 2 days, depending on usage. And, I can use the Mobile Hotspot with it being provisioned.

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 08:34 1

5. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yeah', these people are making stuff up just to try and shoot down the RAZR™…

Pa'leeeeze......if I had had any of the above issues I had through January 15th to return it or exchange it for the GN or (especially if battery was a problem) return it and wait a week and a half for the MAXX™.

But, I didn't. Why?

Because I don't have ANY of those issues.

+1 (for you)

BTW, if I get an "Update" notification I'm not doing; I'll root this bad boy and "Freeze" the process with TB. lol

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 11:10 1

9. mcdonsco (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


Actually I would ask what YOU'RE smokin?

I've had the bionic, razr and now razr max, I'm a pretty tech savvy guy as well and my razr (and maxx - heck my bionic did it too) drop out of 4G for no apparent reason all the time, 4G, noG, no data, back to 3G, back to full bars on 4G while standing still.

Additionally the mobile hotspot, which I WISH i could use a lot is hit and miss at best. Sometimes my laptop/iPad will be able to transfer data when connected, sometimes not so much (and usually not so much).

So yea, I'm kind of welcoming any updates that may fix these issues.

Good for you that you happen to have a phone and/or (more likely or) live in an area where these things aren't a problem for you, but to accuse people of needing to be trained on smartphones because they have these issues? Wow, must be nice to think you're all that.

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 14:17

10. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


You must be in one of AT&T (Atrociously Throttled & Technically challenged) areas. I don't have 4G connectivity issues. Could also be your SIM card; have Verizon swap it out [dangle preposition]…

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 14:26

11. mcdonsco (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


I know several others that like me have razr's on verizon and they have the same issues...most have disabled 4g, seems to stabilize it but its a 4g phone so that's a crappy solution.

In portland Oregon, I get full bars in 4g everywhere around here, but doesn't seem to matter.

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 15:27

14. RustyNail (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


"But, more importantly, I don't have any data connectivity issues; managed to gorge 35GB last month alone. Consumers should be forced to take mandatory trainings on how to use smartphones before they buy".

35 GB a month is approx. 48.6 MB per hour continuous for 30 days!

Now I know why the 4G LTE network bogs down, people "gorging"!

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 15:56

21. Mad_Dog_Sauce (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Aug 2010)


yeah, well I used 80GB last month, but it's still jacked. I can use my 4G hotspot for Netflix, which works great, but the second I try to pull up yahoo.com, I've got nothing. You specifically said that you don't use the services that are referred to in the article, so just shut up, you have no reference.

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 08:30

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I'm running 6.12.174. :P
some of the icons change and they're a downgrade in looks from the previous versions and some of the Widgets are still glitchy. I'm a bigger fan of 2.3.4 than 2.3.5-2.3.6. so just show me the Ice Cream!

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 09:14

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5920; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I use the hotspot capability a lot, and have experienced the stability of connection issues. Hopefully the new update fixes the issues. Haven't received the update yet, however.

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 09:24

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


links to .zip files for 173-174 to install from your SD Card.

http://www.droidrzr.com/index.php/topic/424-installing-612173xt912/

http://www.droidrzr.com/index.php/topic/683-installing-612174xt912-guide/

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 10:18

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5920; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Thanks for the links. If no OTA by this evening, I will try them.

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 14:34

12. AndresJ (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I rather was hoping for ICS

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 15:18

13. mcdonsco (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


Anyone showing this as available on their phones yet? STILL not on mine... :-(

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 18:17

16. mcdonsco (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


I'm beginning to think this is crap...I have access to 3 razr's (one of them a maxx) and none are showing OTA available.

I hate being teased.

posted on 07 Feb 2012, 20:13

17. mcdonsco (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


Just talked to VZW, no updates have been pushed for Razr's - Looks like just the leaked version and that's it...

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 09:42

18. ksigma15 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2012)


I had connectivity issues with my hotspot. Checked and the update never showed up, did it on my own and phone runs much smoother and no more connection issues.

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 10:48

19. mcdonsco (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


I went ahead and did the manual leaked update ... wondering if verizon does push the update will my phone now NOT get it because I did that update?

posted on 08 Feb 2012, 12:52

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


your phone will show that it's already received it so no but these leaked versions i have posted shouldn't be that much different than the final releases if they're different at all.

posted on 09 Feb 2012, 10:56

22. maemae (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


just received my ota today

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