Motorola Droid RAZR/MAXX

For you night owls with the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX, know this: A decent little update, which we first told you about a few days ago, is now available. No, it's not Ice Cream Sandwich (not yet, anyway). But here's what you can expect in software version 6.12.181:

Device Features:

  • Improved device stability.
  • Optimized device performance to extend battery life.
  • Added easy access to preloaded VZW bookmarks through quick key access.
  • Corrected loud call end and connect tones over Bluetooth.®
  • Enhanced device security preventing unauthorized access of telephony database by third parties.
  • Device is now updated with IPv6. - As new Internet addresses are introduced, you will be able to continue to browse and view web pages with this latest Internet enhancement.

Network Connectivity:

  • 4G coverage indicator accurately displays data connectivity.
  • Improved Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity when utilizing WPS security.

Email, Messaging & Data:

  • Improved text message delivery.

Applications & Widgets:

  • Improved Visual Voice Mail performance with data disabled and visual voicemail notification delivery.
  • Enhanced security in Verizon Apps.

MotoCast Updates:

  • Included a new MotoCast widget to enable easier access and discoverability of MotoCast services.
  • Modified the storage settings screen to make it easier to understand total storage versus available storage.
  • Implemented a number of MotoCast performance improvements.

That's quite the changelog, actually. To download the update, you can either wait for it to push, or go to Menu>Settings>About Phone>System updates to get your download on. And if you need a little extra help, hit the forums links below.

Source: Verizon; More: Droid RAZR forums; RAZR MAXX forums
Thanks. @Fusedgutz24, for the tip!


Reader comments

Motorola Droid RAZR/MAXX update rolling out now


I don't see in the changelog where it mentions this update includes Android 4.0.

It's gotta be in there since they promised the update soon when the phone was released right? I know ICS was announced only 6 months ago.

Is motorola not keeping a promise to their customers?

Guess it does not really matter since they unlocked all their bootloaders as promised.

What a f ing joke motorola has become.

and they announced months ago that ICS wouldnt be here, you make it sound like they're just not doing it at all.
I guess the world's just gotta bend over backwards for you huh?

If you think that a manufacturer making a statement, then backing it up is them bending over backwards for me, then I guess you are right.

And where do you have any proof that they are even CLOSE to rolling it out?

Do you also remember they promised to unlock bootloaders? Let me hear your explanation for the delay with that. They cant blame Google since THEY are the ones that lock and encrypt them in the first place. They could unlock them any time they want to, they have just chosen NOT to follow through with their promises.

So based on their track record, it would seem the are in no rush to release ICS, and in my opinion they wont until they release another phone that is the same thing with one upgrade that should have been included in the original handset.

I don't get the whole "unlock my bootloader" argument. Less than 1% of customers are bitching about this because they want to load their own custom ROMs and such. If you don't like it, get another phone that has an unlocked bootloader. They are not going to unlock it until they get the carriers blessing. Unlocked bootloaders without the carriers blessing means the carrier will not carry their phones which means a huge decline in sales for them. You want to bitch? Bitch at your carrier, they are the ones that hold the OS updates back and are the ones who say what phones can or can't get unlocked. The carriers are also the ones that rape the OS and load all their craplets on it before releasing it, not the phone manufacturer.

I guarantee you that Verizon is the one pushing back ICS for some reason, this is WHY Motorola is at least pushing out an update for some of the bugs that are left in Gingerbread instead of waiting for ICS to be released to fix them.

So far i have to say i am more impressed with my RAZR Maxx than i am with my Nexus. This GB build is very solid and the battery is crazy good. If they get ICS right and webtop 3.0 it will be my daily driver, and the gnex gets moved to my personal line. Dont get me wrong, the gnex is still sweet, but all the ad ons they build into blur make this a compelling business phone. And that leaked webtop build looks really compelling. I wish i could merge the two phones into one super phone.

The list of US phones officially updated to ICS is staggering, all two of them (Nexus s and HTC Vivid). The oems need to rework their deals with the carriers for less bloatware and carrier modifications. That stuff does not benefit the end user at all.

Six months and two phones. That is pretty sad. What's worse is that most of the updates being worked on are 4.0.3, which has a lot of bugs and problems. So it is either start from scratch on 4.0.4 or try and fix all of the problems in 4.0.3. Either way it is taking extra long to finish because of Google's complete failure to build a stable OS from the start. Whats worse is Google left the source for 4.0.3 available to the OEM's even when Google deemed in unworthy of their own Nexus phones and pulled the OTA for the Nexus S. It took them four months to fix 4.0.3 to come out with 4.0.4. So either Google is just really lazy and doesn't care about it's consumers, or there were A LOT of problems to fix.

I have a work RAZR, so does my wife, one reason I kept the GNex even with several issues : the supposedly quick, frequent updates. My GNex in December was pre loaded with 4.0.2 not a single GNex update since December yet this is the 3rd or 4th RAZR update, plus the RAZR doesn't have the major issues experienced with the Galaxy Nexus such as the horribly slow landscaped keyboard, horrible reception, battery life, then the camera .... here it is almost May and not a single update this year! The only reason I kept the GNex was in hopes of frequent updates, so much foe that (with work I don't have time to try out custom ROM's at the moment, can't Verizon deliver at least a fix for some of the multiple major GNex issues? )

Ah, but you forget that Android Central said that the CDMA Nexus's are real Nexus phones that will still receive frequent updates, and I quote " maybe even more quickly than GSM versions".

It's not like Phil would deceive his users just to make Google look good even when they lie to their customers. You must be imagining no updates since you purchased your phone, even though two have been released for other Galaxy Nexus devices on other networks.

ICS will get to the RAZR/RAZR MAXX when it comes... with all those stability and connectivity complaints on the G-Nexus and Vivid and GS2 forums, I am 10000000% glad Motorola is "getting it right" before pushing out ICS. I have 0 issues on my RAZR on 181 build 2.3.6... and when I get ICS 4.x, I expect 0 issues. What I refuse to do is be a ditzy blonde cheerleader or a cry baby crack addict, rocking back and forth in my chair, pinching my skin, cause I dont have ICS... Grow up people! Your life is not going to end because you don't have the latest OS.

I agree

I rather have a late ICS "Done right" than a rushed up ICS with issues

Personally, I'm very happy with my Atrix on 4.5.2A build on Gingerbread 2.3.4. Its running smoothly (smoother than Honeycomb), everything is working the way it should ...etc

It's a good thing you were here to verify beyond any doubt that they are "doing it right" and not just dragging their feet because updates are not an interest or a priority that makes them any money.

Lol @ Motorola "getting it right"

it's ok, you can ignore all the botched updates they've done in the past after taking forever just to get the update out.

I was told by tier-2 Motorola support that ICS will be released within the next month. So in regards to 181, why is the OTA deployment taking soooooo long. The tier-2 rep told be that 181 was released a week ago. Shouldn't take that long to deploy. Very frustrated since 181 will fix many of my issues I'm experiencing now.

Also, I have BOTH a Rezound and a Nexus. I have ICS on both of those phones, and yes I do have data connectivity issues with the Nexus. I DONT with my Rezound.

So that tells me that the so called radio/data issues that people are saying are a bug in ICS are clearly just a Samsung issue. Especially since Samsung has a history or making garbage radios in their handsets.


The ONLY reasons that current handsets are not updated with ICS and new handsets still roll out with GB is for them to save money!! PERIOD!!

Every time I try to update it keeps saying update failed. I removed the root SU, bit super user app still shows up. Would that be the problem or something different? This is my first update with an android phone.

If you haven't gotten 6.12.181, DON'T!!!!! It will fuck up your email and your contacts, and Verizon can't do anything for you, you're screwed until you can get ICS, and even then I can't guarantee everything will be fixed. I've got 2 AOL and 2 Gmail accounts on my phone. I bought the new Droid Razr Maxx on tuesday night(6/19) and as of thursday(6/21)email stopped sending and receiving. I've put several calls in to verizon, and their level I morons wanted to reset the phone. Reseting your devices(phones, cable box, etc) doesn't actually fix anything. It may sometimes temporarily get you back up and running, but it doesn't address what caused the issue and therefore does nothing to actually solve it. And anyone taht says differently is an idiot that doesn't know what they're talking about(usually low level IT support morons)