Motorola Droid RAZR

The folks in our Motorola DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX forums are all aflutter this morning, and rightfully so. A new software soak test -- wherein a few brave souls get in some final testing before the real push begins -- is hitting devices, and Motorola's own changelog for the Android 4.1.2 update confirms something surprising: Custom software features are being replaced by stock Google apps -- or are being removed altogether.

Consider:

  • Removed apps: Social Location, MOTOACTV, MOTOPRINT and Verizon Video on Demand are history. Kaput. Alarm and Timer are being replaced by the stock Google Clock app.
  • Removed widgets: Gone are the My Gallery, My MOTOCAST, My Music, Picture Slideshow, Social Location, Sticky Note, Weather and World Clock widgets. Gone. Kaput.
  • MOTOCAST has been decoupled from MyMusic, Files and the Gallery apps and is now standalone on the phone. (It's also been redesigned and is faster, Moto says.)
  • My Gallery and My Music have been replaced with their corresponding Google apps.

That's just the tip of the iceberg, but it's a pretty big deal. You'll also find Google Now, improved voice search, better camera quality, and the Chrome browser has been added.

Hit the link below for the full changelog, and keep an eye out for the full push, which should follow the soak test fairly soon.

Source: Motorola 4.1.2 changelog
More: Droid RAZR MAXX forums; Droid RAZR forums

 
There are 41 comments

bsharitt says:

Signs of further Googlfication at Moto?

bplewis24 says:

Let's hope!

wpavlik2 says:

Sounds like it.
It's a GOOD THING!

I wonder how improved the camera will be now? It's my biggest complaint left on this new generation of Moto Androids.

Ry says:

I doubt we'll see much improvement with the camera. Software won't really be able to make much of a difference on that hardware.

mportuesisf says:

On the release notes page, it says "Improved image quality with better contrast and details, and more intuitive Panorama Mode."

I'm not expecting miracles from this update - I bought the phone knowing full well it didn't have the best camera on the market. But any improvement is welcome.

tcmeiss says:

Just tried panorama on it, and it's basically stock now (or at least how I remember it from my Galaxy Nexus). Image quality will have to wait and see till I get a chance to take some pics with it.

Honestly, the panorama mode change is one of the few things I've noticed so far that is actually different form the Christmas Eve leak...

jkfsr says:

Haven't tested it yet. Mine was very laggy opening, now opens super fast.

This is big for Moto, well done, well done.

buffdaddy72 says:

Very unexpected but very cool. Way to go Google!

Mooem says:

Definitely going to keep an eye on Moto after their current product pipeline has been exhausted. I may just go back to them.

SStevenson27 says:

Loved Motoprint, will there be a replacement for that from Google??

still1 says:

cloud print or google drive.

tcmeiss says:

CloudPrint. There's no Google app for it, but there are several that can use the service. I use that or HP ePrint for my printing (though MotoPrint was a good option too).

Here's the CloudPrint one I use:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pauloslf.cloudprint&fe....

You should still be able to download MotoPrint from the market, I think.

cmcheney says:

No you can't find motoprint anymore in the play store.

still1 says:

I think this is good news. removing bloats

One person's bloat is another person's features. Believe it or not some people used the things that were removed. Verizon stores and customer service will have a lot of questions once this thing goes out to everybody.

TallyHo says:

After having been on this SGS3 for 9 months, I am so ready to go back to a Moto device. The reception on this Samsung is just not up to par compared to Moto phones. Verizon uber locking down their Moto phones is the only thing that pushed me away. Here is to Google hopefully making Moto phones completely stock and hoping that Verizon lets me get one and unlock it when VoLTE starts up. Which I think they have to because the only way they are getting away with it legally now is based on the CDMA service. Once they go to LTE for voice, then I think they have to allow it.

JoeLemaire says:

This is exactly what all of us were hoping to have happen to Moto after Google took over. Frankly, IMHO I think this is what all vendors should be striving for: Great hardware with near stock Android. I only say near stock because I do feel that phone vendors should be able to tweak Android to make sure it runs optimally on their devices (while still keeping that stock feel), as well as add in their own subtle enhancements here and there. Now if we can just get rid of those locked bootloaders on Moto phones, they'd be heading in the right direction to become a perfect Android phone!

TallyHo says:

Yeah the bootloader issue is huge. There are ways around it, but they are hack jobs at best. Hopefully, the X-phone is the start of Verizon allowing us to bring unlocked devices onto their network......crossing fingers, but not too confident.

mike31082 says:

My sediments exactly. Especially vendors like HTC (and Moto). They make great hardware, but their software tweaks are too integrated into Android. It would be nice to be able to use stuff like the clock, contact and FriendSteam without being forced to use everything else that Sense brings with it.

That's why I'm really looking forward to what Moto has to offer once Google starts to pump their ideas. This is a step in the right direction, to not be forced to use Bloatware and everything is more optional.

Ry says:

..sediments? lol.

moosc says:

Google should take Motorola's alarm clock apk and make it there own. It is the best alarm clock around and no one has been able to clone it.

Ry says:

Looking at the Clock app's alarm feature on my Nexus 7, tt looks like one extra key press to get to the alarm. Feature-wise, it looks similar to what Motorola's Alarm & Time app. I think we'll be ok.

moosc says:

Can't use a video as alarm ringtone like u can with moto

Ry says:

I never knew you could - and I don't see why anyone would want to use a video as an alarm ringtone...

dhinged says:

One extra tap multiple times a week is annoying; plus removal of the Timer feature is even worse, as I used that multiple times per week (laundry).

great! i dont use my wifes razr max much but when i do...those moto apps are horrible an the gallery is horrid. pure android is needed.

Jdroid3 says:

I swapped my Droid Razr Maxx for GSIII and the signals for Motorola were much better. I'm excited for the X-phone to be announced

pheatton says:

Im liking where this is headed for Moto handsets. I do love Motorola phones but really dislike the software they put on them.

Ry says:

I'm loving the switch to the Google Gallery app.

Vizualize says:

You get a sticker today Google!! Good job!

Jamfish says:

Upgrade this AM went *very* smooth. The prior GB to ICS update wasn't a disaster, but this was *loads* better! The ONLY thing I had to do post upgrade, was re-activate encryption (for work email)...and it prompted me -- didn't have to seek it out.

Bravo, Moto!

Ry says:

Probably because the jump from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean was much smaller than the jump from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Jamfish says:

Agreed.

dyastrab says:

You Moto guys are lucky. Would love to swap my GS3 for a Razr Maxx.

pheatton says:

CM10 is your friend! Love it on mine.

pheatton says:

CM10 is your friend! Love it on mine.

jkfsr says:

MOTOACTV did not get removed. It is still on mine.

steevoo says:

"My Gallery and My Music have been replaced with their corresponding Google apps".

What Google widget allow views of multiple social network posts like the My Gallery widget?