Verizon upgrading Droid Razr HD smartphones to Android Jelly Bean


Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is updating Motorola Mobility's Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx smartphones to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. The over-the-air updates, rolling out in phases this week, follow three weeks after Verizon upgraded Motorola's Droid Razr M to Jelly Bean.

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 more intuitive graphics, smoother transitions and more uniform touch responses.

Verizon is also updating the Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx with the new Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) App Suite, a preloaded Android homescreen application offering subscribers direct access to the online retailer's complete catalog of digital and physical products, including its Amazon Appstore for Android. Introduced in mid-November via HTC's Droid DNA phablet, the bundle includes the Amazon Mobile application, the Amazon Kindle Store e-book app and Amazon MP3 digital music app as well as shortcuts to the Audible, IMDb and apps.

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.

For more:
- read this Verizon Wireless News Center update

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