Verizon boosts Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx to Android Jelly Bean


Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is updating Motorola Mobility's Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx smartphones to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean.

Droid Razr Maxx HD

     Droid Razr Maxx

Verizon began pushing the Android Jelly Bean software update to subscribers Thursday afternoon and stated the rollout will continue in phases over the coming days. Customers may also manually download the upgrade through the settings menu within the next week.

Android Jelly Bean touts core features like Project Butter (a reworked UI engine), a revamped homescreen and Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic updates. Additional enhancements include a smart keyboard for improved typing accuracy, more intuitive graphics, smoother transitions and more uniform touch responses.

The Verizon update also removes Motorola apps including MotoCast, MotoActv and MotoPrint, additionally replacing the default Web browser with Google's Chrome.

Verizon upgraded its Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD to Android Jelly Bean in late 2012. According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Jelly Bean 4.1 now powers 14.9 percent of all Android devices worldwide, up from 2.7 percent in December.

For more:
- read this Verizon Wireless News Center post
- read this BGR article

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