Yesterday, we saw the Motorola Droid 4 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update get approved by Verizon with the roll out pegged for arrival today. However, those who don’t wish to wait for the OTA to roll out have the option of installing the software right now if they choose to.
After several months of waiting, those who own the Motorola Droid 4, which very well could be the last of the original Droid series, were greeted with great news as Verizon approved the Droid 4’s Jelly Bean update for arrival by posting the contents of the update on its support page. Verizon says that the update will roll out starting today though it will roll out in phases which means some owners will have to wait.
Those who don’t wish to wait for the OTA upgrade though don’t have to due to the fact that Droid Forums got a hold of the Jelly Bean software a bit ahead of time. This means that with a little work, Droid 4 owners out there who are comfortable manually installing the update should be able to do so provided they can follow a few instructions.
The instructions mirror the ones we provided for the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates and according to Droid Forums and Droid-Life, it should work just as well as they did.
Before taking the plunge, we advise those who are not adept at installing Android updates manually to refrain from doing this and instead, wait for the OTA to roll out instead.
First things first. The software on the Droid 4 must be Ice Cream Sandwich build 6.16.217 and the phone must be stock. If the phone is not, this process is not going to work.
Next, users will want to download the Droid 4 Jelly Bean update. After downloading that file to external storage like an SD card, owners will need to boot into Recovery. To get there, turn the phone off and hold down both Volume Down and Volume Up buttons plus the Power button. Once in the menu, select Recovery. Once an exclamation point appears, hold down the Volume Up and Down buttons.
Once in Recovery, users will need to select the “Apply update from external storage” and choose the file. The update will then install and the Motorola Droid 4 should be up and running with the appropriate version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.