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Motorola Droid RAZR HD Could Launch Without Jelly Bean



While Motorola and Verizon haven’t confirmed anything just yet, it appears that the Motorola Droid RAZR HD will likely be coming with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, something that should be considered a weakness by many potential customers.

Over the weekend, a few tutorial videos for the Motorola Droid RAZR HD leaked out to the surface. The videos gave prospective customers the first good look at the Droid RAZR HD hardware and software. And while the videos didn’t specifically refer to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board, one of the videos seems to point to that as being the case.

One of the videos called ‘Using Your Device’ shows off the Droid RAZR HD in action and shows owners how to use several on board functions.

Read: Mototola Droid RAZR HD Videos Leak.

The video though doesn’t show the expanded Gmail Notifications that are found in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which has led us to suspect that Android 4.0 ICS will indeed be on board the Droid RAZR HD when it arrives. It’s possible that Motorola hid that feature in the video because it wants to surprise people but remember, this video was not leaked by Motorola and it probably depicts the software that will go live with the device itself.

So, it looks like Ice Cream Sandwich is likely going to be the software that will arrive on the Droid RAZR HD. Backing that up is the fact that test devices that have leaked in the wild have been running Android 4.0 ICS and we saw that software pop up in benchmarks for the Droid RAZR HD.

With all of that evidence, it would be a shock to see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean appear as the stock software of the next-generation Droid RAZR.

Now, that wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for Motorola and Verizon’s past with major Android updates which has been suspect to say the least.

It took them many, many months to get the original Droid RAZR outfitted with ICS and even then the software was buggy. Same goes for the Droid RAZR MAXX and Droid 4 who saw their ICS updates promised in the “coming weeks” only to see their updates arrive months later.

The same thing could happen with the Droid RAZR HD. We could see Android 4.0 ICS at launch and then Android 4.1 Jelly Bean promised in the weeks ahead.

If true, that could mean that owners will be waiting on the software for months.

This wouldn’t be too big of a deal if Android 4.1 Jelly Bean wasn’t such a huge upgrade over Android 4.0 ICS. Jelly Bean makes devices faster, smoother and smarter.

Owners probably wouldn’t have a problem either if Motorola and Verizon offered a specific roll out date if Jelly Bean’s not on board. They likely won’t, companies rarely ever do that.

And the lack of Jelly Bean wouldn’t be as big of an issue if the device was released on September 5th. Instead, we’re hearing October at the earliest which could mean the Jelly Bean date wouldn’t roll out until 2013.

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The Droid RAZR HD looks like it will launch with ICS.

Read: Motorola Droid RAZR HD Again Said to Have Major Weakness.

So, it’s looking like there will be at least one disappointment on board the Droid RAZR HD at launch and that’s unacceptable with the way that the market is right now.

The iPhone 5 is coming up, a new Nexus is likely only months away and the Droid RAZR HD’s biggest Android competition at the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S III is rumored to be getting Jelly Bean on August 29th.

Hopefully, the Droid RAZR HD has Jelly Bean on it when it launches September 5th but we aren’t holding our breath.



  1. Eddie

    08/20/2012 at 12:36 pm

    I love my Razr Maxx and wouldn’t trade it for the world!!! I mean why even get the razr HD when the Maxx is out? Battery life should be waaay more important than the screen!!
    Also, the Maxx’s screen isn’t too shabby. Ya it’s not up to par with HD displays but it’s still pretty damn good. And the razr isn’t going to support jellybean and the battery isn’t even as big???? Why would anyone get the razr hd when they have a razr maxx on them? No thanks I’ll pass. Tell me when the battery is 4000 mah and jellybean is onboard with an hd display, 2 ghz processor, quadcore phone… then I’ll get a new phone. I say people should wait next year when motorola releases a better phone with real specifications. Not lets make the phone cheaper and put up a nice display. Razr maxx ftw!!!!!

    • Kenneth

      08/20/2012 at 1:43 pm

      I totally agree with you, BUT the thing is that it’s not bulletproof that the Razr HD will not launch with the 3300 battery. If it doesn’t it would be like motorola are kicing themselfs in the nuts, when someone finally does something about the crappy batteries that every single smartphone have, when you actually is bringing an ace to your texas hold’em hand. Why the hell will you choose a 5 as your second card??? When you are making “revolution” STICK TO IT FFS… Motorola have the chance to re-enter the big game with the so far best smartphone we have ever seen, they really shouldn’s waste this opportunity. Tell me, who the hell will NOT go for a masculin phone armed with kevlar, nano-particles, gorilla glass and a bad ass battery that makes you able to bring this Rambo phone out camping if u like!!!! tell me!!

      • Kenneth

        08/20/2012 at 1:46 pm

        And by the way, who gives a fuck if the phone is not released with Jelly-Bean? as long as they bring the 3300 battery, i’m all in!

  2. eazi25

    08/20/2012 at 1:51 pm

    I have the razr love it. But the upgrade is worth it. Improve processor so a 3300mah battery isn’t needed. 2530 mah battery with the s4 processor will go just as along or longer then the maxx battery. And with google as a partner jellybean will not far behind the hds release.

  3. breakers

    08/30/2012 at 8:44 pm

    This does not matter to 90% of the people who buy these phones. People buy these phones for the commercials, the looks, and how smooth the OS is in the store on the display model. Nothing is installed on display models! It will run like a charm. The nice kevlar back makes people think “durable” (which it is). The large screen means big movies and fun youtube, and the HD is just a number that most people can’t tell the difference on anyways without some fancy shmancy glasses for their eyes. Sure, nobody who likes to run benchmarks for fun will buy it, but how many people do that? .5% dare i say? ICS is smooth out of the box, and the new BLUR is very attractive. They don’t know that the cameras are bad because it’s an 8MP, people don’t know sensors are what make the difference. They know motorola for good radios, though. Posts like these are useless. Girls will buy the RAZR M in white because it’s “cute” and the guys will buy the HD because of the screen, size, and kevlar. Most people use their phones as the developer intended them to. To play games, facebook/twitter, watch videos, and other media/phone-like things. Developers don’t make phones to beat the S3 in terms of benchmark speed, it’s not necessary. with a lightweight UI, you don’t need as much as say TouchWiz. I don’t see why people don’t understand this, benchmarks mean nothing to a phone that has mid-range specs. The slight 1 second less boot times and loading times, also mean nothing to users. Nobody even cares about the camera all that much! MOST people whip out their phone, snap a pic, and don’t analyze pixel for pixel for sharpness. It’s the ease of use that people care about, and how fluent it transitions between screens.

    Please, reason with yourself about why no company advertises their benchmark scores on their websites and ads. Sure, it could bring many many customers so they have a mindless way of comparing phones which is how i got sucked into the S3, until i smartened up and realized specs don’t mean shit with current flagships.

    Please, refrain from flaming if i offended your puny beliefs.

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