Motorola Razr HD Jelly Bean update ready to roll

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Telstra's blog yesterday confirmed that the Android Jelly Bean update had been approved for the Motorola Razr HD.

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With testing complete, the onus of the update is returned to Motorola. Telstra is anticipating that the roll out should be complete by 17 December.

Despite being one of the last phones released this year, Motorola's Razr HD will be among the first to be upgraded from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean. Australians with a Samsung Galaxy S3 or an HTC One X (or One XL) are still waiting for the Jelly Bean update to be approved by both the manufacturers and the Aussie telcos.

Waiting for updates has become one of the most frustrating aspects of owning an Android phone. The Jelly Bean update was released mid-year, and has since been superseded by version 4.2 of the platform. Despite these advancements, the latest figures from Google suggest that only 6 per cent of Android devices are running version 4.1 and over 50 per cent are on version 2.3 (Gingerbread), which was first released in 2010.

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Will1505 posted a comment   

The s3 on vodafone has the jb update


KateD posted a reply   

You mean that broken update vodafone sent out. Shame you can get any reception on vodafone to do anything.


Will1505 posted a reply   

I said it was out, not that it was good


Pining posted a comment   

The wait for an update is poor.

Are you able to get an opinion from Android as to their opinion of this and what they are looking at to reduce this in future?

Can you also advise as to how the Jelly Bean benefits current usersof ICS?


Dunners posted a reply   

Motorola releases the update to the device.

Google (Android) created the update and released it in July 2012. Motorola then takes the update and releases it to their device after they have enhanced it.


Pining posted a reply   

I understand how and why it is done.

It is still a poor system that has a lot of room for improvement.

Hence, my questions.


Chandler posted a reply   

Galaxy Nexus owner here, rocking 4.2...

Nexus devices = best option if you want the latest versions quickly. Its in the OEMs interest to take their time with updates (although that doesn't mean the lengthy delays are intentional!) - if they don't update quickly, you're more likely to update your device to a newer model to get the latest OS.


kirwan1 posted a reply   

I disagree, Nexus products have a history of support and updates that are far from ideal and they have severe storage limitations, no 4G in OZ and you only get one choice of manufacturer. With Motorola now the build quality/battery life Android leader I cannot get a Nexus Motorola just an LG Nexus with inferior build quality and battery life. So, an alternative is to buy a flagship device with the latest Android every year and a half or so from whomever is making the best current Android phone. A word of warning to everyone considering a smartphone upgrade, Battery, battery, battery. Not much use having a shiny new screen with lousy stamina and a plastic case. I'm looking at you HTC, LG & Samsung.


Joseph Hanlon posted a reply   

Jelly Bean should bring performance enhancements with the Project Butter improvements in the update. There's also new features, like Google Now, which may sound like a small thing, but its actually quite useful.


kirwan1 posted a reply   

Google Now is a huge feature, the phone giving information on expected travel times, weather, voice search, etc. Rather than having to request it the device intelligently anticipates your needs based on your history. If Apple had released it as an IOS upgrade it would have been trumpeted from the rooftops as truly revolutionary. No doub't Apple is busy copying it for an IOS update, or can they? With their mapping an absolute mess I doub't they've the capability.

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