The aborted Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for Motorola Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR Maxx owners was one of the more frustrating episodes in the consumer electronics scene as of late. On the day before Christmas, a few owners of the one-time Motorola flagship phones received notifications for an Android 4.1.2 update, but the update was stopped soon thereafter, leaving about 90 percent of the phone’s users with the proverbial egg on their face. No explanation was given at first, but it is believed that the update was rolled out mistakenly despite not being ready for release.
Motorola has not yet explained the real reason why it interrupted the rollout schedule, but the good news is that Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR Maxx owners don’t have to worry about never receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The updates will resume, albeit at an unspecified date/week in the first quarter of 2013. As Q1 2013 starts on January 1 and ends March 31, this may mean an update rollout as late as the last week of March. Still, the important thing is that an update will be coming within the quarter, and that Motorola has done a much better job than before of rolling out its updates on time.
Android 4.1 will allow Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR Maxx users to finally enjoy Project Butter (which is what Google calls the “buttery smooth” user interface interaction on Jelly Bean) and the much-hyped Google Now, among other new and/or improved features.