Verizon upgrades Droid Razr M to Android Jelly Bean, adds Isis support


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

Droid Razr M

Rolling out to the Droid Razr M as an over-the-air software update, 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. Verizon Wireless is customizing the upgrade to include support for the Isis mobile wallet: Spearheaded by Verizon in partnership with AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA, Isis enables consumers to pay for purchases, use store loyalty cards and redeem discounts and coupons from Near Field Communications-enabled smartphones.

Isis kicked off consumer trials in the Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City markets last month. In addition to the Droid Razr M, Verizon Wireless offers Isis services across Motorola's Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx as well as HTC's Droid Incredible 4G LTE.

Alongside Isis support, Android Jelly Bean for the Droid Razr M brings a new version of the QuickOffice productivity app, an updated version of the carrier's Verizon Remote Diagnostics app and the new Video Calling Portal App. Verizon also promises stability enhancements for the VZ Navigator app, more reliable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and MMS delivery improvements. 

According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean currently powers just 2.7 percent of all devices worldwide. Android 2.3, nicknamed Gingerbread, remains the dominant OS version, powering 54.3 percent of devices; Android 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, follows at 25.8 percent.

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