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Motorola Droid 4 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now

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The Motorola Droid 4 Jelly Bean update, which was approved yesterday by Verizon, is now rolling out to owners of the QWERTY device and it will be rolling out in phases starting today.

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Earlier this week, Verizon approved the long awaited Motorola Droid 4 Jelly Bean update for arrival though it remained mum about when the software would roll out. Fortunately, the carrier decided to clear things up, and announced that the Droid 4 Jelly Bean update will be rolling out in phases starting today. This means that the software, which is rolling out Over-the-Air, could be available within the device’s settings.

The Droid 4 Jelly Bean update is rolling out now.

The Droid 4 Jelly Bean update is rolling out now.

Owners who are interested in the upgrade will want to check in the About section of the settings in order to try and pull the update. For some, it may not be available due to it rolling out in phases. Given the low adoption rate of the Motorola Droid 4 though, we imagine that the software will become available for all soon.

Those that don’t wish to wait for the OTA to arrive have the option of installing the software manually ahead of the OTA’s arrival. Droid 4 owners who aren’t adept at installing Android software manually should wait, however.

The Droid 4 Jelly Bean update brings a ton of new features to owners of the QWERTY enhanced device including Google Now, a new smooth user interface, improved Camera app, better Browser and Calendar from Google, more Face Unlock functionality, and more. All in all, it’s a big upgrade over Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the device’s previous version of Android.

This roll out now means that Verizon has only a few more Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to tackle including upgrades for the Droid Bionic and the Motorola Xoom. Both devices are said to be getting Android 4.1 soon but it’s unclear exactly when they might be update. Given their age, it could take awhile.

21 Comments

  1. Matthew

    03/19/2013 at 8:20 pm

    How long for it to roll out? I waited all day.. :(

    • Toft

      03/23/2013 at 5:55 am

      don’t upgrade, i was part of the soak test and everyone that was lost, motoprint, keyboard dont work, as you can see by this the shift key and caps lock buttons dont work anymore. this is verizons way of pushing everyone into an upgrade. if you hve the droid 4 dont install the software, taking mine in today for replacement., hopefully i will get it back to gb, which is what the phone was designed with, if not i will take ics back.

      • Matthew

        03/23/2013 at 8:15 am

        I upgraded yesterday morning and the software seems to work great. My sHiFt KeY seems to work just fine. This software will tie me over until i get the Galaxy S4.

      • Anna

        03/26/2013 at 10:05 am

        help my shift key doesnt work anymore either! a bunch of my apps went missing and i can’t put my phone to ‘sleep’ anymore =(

        • Anna

          03/26/2013 at 10:17 am

          Ok, shift works if you hold it down while pressing the key you want. But, now i need to figure out how to put my phone to sleep instead of turning off all the time.

  2. josh

    03/20/2013 at 4:09 pm

    no update yet. i called motorola to see if they could push the update to my phone manually and they said that the update was not released for the droid 4. sure wish i could see the main press release. the Motorola lady said that she was “sorry for the misinformation”

    • Krissy

      03/23/2013 at 4:37 am

      I got my Droid 4 update this morning. I hope you got yours.. or can update manually.

  3. Greg

    03/20/2013 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks for the info. The update worked like a charm.

  4. Brett Birdsong

    03/21/2013 at 3:22 pm

    I got the update, and it crunched my Facebook contacts. And now Google is demanding full control over one of my email accounts, with the right to FACTORY RESET my device!!!!

  5. brad

    03/23/2013 at 10:54 pm

    got the update this morning… everything works fine, except my caps lock, shift key, and sym key. the funny thing is, they work fine when texting, but not on webpages, such as this one. extremely frustrating. another problem is when typing on webpages, sometimes my cursor jumps around when i delete letters, and i end up deleting things i dont want to. or it wont delete certain words, and instead mashes words up. weird stuff, hope they fix this soon.

  6. James Encephalomaniac

    03/24/2013 at 11:05 am

    This messed up a bunch of stuff on my phone, now Verizon wants me to do a factory reset. DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS UPDATE!!

  7. Sean

    03/24/2013 at 3:15 pm

    What a total mess. Phone has not been right since the update. Keyboard not working properly. Can not group text, which I need the ability. Battery is getting 1/2 the life I had before.

  8. mary

    03/24/2013 at 5:50 pm

    i upgraded had no choice can’t text using my group texting contact any ideas

  9. mary

    03/24/2013 at 5:51 pm

    can i go in an have verizon reset my phone this update is not good

  10. Nebs

    03/25/2013 at 9:59 am

    Mine updated yesterday morning. The “sleep” mode option is gone. And my favorite contacts list is corrupted. Before, I had one listing for each contact containing all the phone numbers and email address. Now I have duplicates, each with only one contact detail, such as one containing just the cell phone number, another with just the work number, and yet another with an email address. I don’t know what else is in this “upgrade” yet, but nothing yet has made me feel good about it.

  11. Dirdawg57

    03/25/2013 at 5:07 pm

    If you ever plan on doing one of these big updates, like GB to ICS, or ICS to JB, you should probably just plan on doing a factory reset. If you don’t you will almost always have some sort of problem. I do one before and after just to be safe and have never had issues with them. I am not saying it is how it should be but it’s just how it is. And it’s a lot easier than getting a whole new phone.

  12. Christopher

    03/26/2013 at 1:46 pm

    I’m betting none of you did the one thing you’re suppose to do after every OTA update? Did any of you experiencing issues turn the phone off, press and hold both volume keys while pressing power, volume down to HIGHLIGHT recovery, then volume up to ENTER recovery, then press both volume keys when you see Android, then wipe cache and then factory data reset your phone? I know, you loose all your contacts and all your apps, but the fact is if you back up your phone with the “Google” services like they suggest, all your apps automatically reinstall themselves, well at least 85% will. I follow those steps after every upgrade they send to my phone. And for those of you who “root” your phone, how hard is it to plug it into your computer and click the one “root” button? I’ve seen the videos, not that hard. Plus you have to connect it to your PC anyways to get the new JB drivers for your PC. Everything works very well on my Droid 4 with JB as you can see.

  13. sharbena

    04/10/2013 at 2:59 pm

    worst update ever. nothing works properly when using any web browser available. SYM key fails to work on several different apps. half the time auto correct fails to work. and uhg, just too many complaints about this fauled upgrade to continue

    • Ratt

      04/17/2013 at 8:24 am

      Like an idiot I allowed my Droid4 to update and now it is mostly useless. At first, battery life was measured in minutes (back of phone got hot), shift keys screwed up, odd noises on calls, dropped calls, data and bluetooth intermittently turned themselves off, slow 4g, slow 3g, etc. As recommended by Verizon and Motorola, I did the recovery process and now the battery life is better (but not as good as it was), shift keys work but you have to hold it down, and now a new twist, range is next to nothing. I can see our local tower and can’t make calls. If they don’t get it sorted out this afternoon, I will be warrantying it today.

  14. MRS

    05/25/2013 at 1:16 pm

    I hate the jelly bean “down”grade to my Motorola Droid phone. It is harder to “swipe” instead of typing. Some sites are impossible to reply to because of the keyboard. But the main problem is that I can no longer send group emails. Why have a “group” option in “contacts” if you can’t send group emails? My contract with Verizon will run out soon and I’m planning to switch to an iphone if this problem is not solved. As far as I’m concerned this is going backwards.

  15. katja

    06/17/2013 at 12:09 am

    I accidentally hit the upgrade button today. :( I knew what would happen. It happened with my droid 3. Everything went to hell. As many have mentioned, the shift no longer works as it did, while overall it seemed to forget I use the pop out keyboard, its featured markedly diminished. They upgraded my alarm clock with timer right off the world, along with my weather widget that worked great, I used it often. The camera changed and even the standard smilies in texts would now be the stupid android face, I could go on and on. I understand it’s branding and marketing, and sell to us up (and to as many places as possible) and ultimate it’s just a damn phone. It’s just so disappointing every damn time.

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