Feb 09 AT 7:33 PM Nick Gray 9 Comments

Verizon announces software update for five Motorola devices


Verizon and Motorola have announced software updates for the DROID Bionic, DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and 8.2, DROID RAZR and RAZR Maxx. The updates mainly deliver much needed bug fixes and battery improvements to the three phones, but the XYBOARD tablets are being equipped with global roaming capabilities.

In order to enable the GSM 3G connection, the XYBOARDs will need two separate updates. The first update will enable global roaming while the second update (which will be pushed out within two weeks of the first) will update the SIM card.

Verizon’s announcement claims that the software update for the DROID Bionic, DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX are being pushed out right now. If you have not already received an update notification on your phone, go to Settings > About Phone > System Update. Let us know how the update goes and if you notice any significant system stability and improved battery life.

Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 & 8.2 software update highlights

  • Enhanced browser performance to improve scrolling.
  • Improved Touch Response that includes Stylus enhancements.
  • Maintain data connection when switching between Wi-Fi and the Verizon 3G and 4G LTE networks.
  • Successfully connect to 4G LTE network and see the 4G LTE indicator.
  • Device is now capable of Global Roaming.
  • Keyboard function supported in docking station.
Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1/8.2 update details

Motorola DROID RAZR/Maxx software update highlights

  • Improved data throughput performance in low-signal 4G environments
  • Improved Battery life when using Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) Bluetooth® headsets
  • Improved device stability when moving between home screen panels
  • When performing an Over the Air (OTA) update, the display will correctly show the remaining download time.
  • Favorite Contacts widget has been updated

Motorola DROID RAZR/Maxx update details

Motorola DROID Bionic software update highlights

  • Receive text message alerts while on voice calls without voice call interruption
  • Improved audio while streaming video to a TV using the HDMI connection.
  • Improvements in device stability to prevent black screen lockups, camera multi-shot lockups, idle resets, multimedia dock lockups
  • Data connectivity and stability improvements.
  • Improvements in battery life.

Motorola DROID Bionic update details

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Verizon Wireless will soon start pushing a software update for the DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and XYBOARD 8.2 tablets. The update will enhance browser performance, touch response and prepare the XYBOARD for global roaming. The global roaming feature will be added in a two step process. This software update will add the global support to the hardware and a second over the air update will be pushed soon after to update the SIM card and make the tablet Global Ready. The second software update will be pushed within two weeks of receiving the first update. Once the second update is completed, customers will be able to take their XYBOARD tablets overseas and use data in over 205 countries, and more than 150 of those with 3G speeds.

Customers who have signed up for e-mail alerts will receive an email notification after the second update alerting them that the tablet is Global Ready. Before traveling outside the United States, customer will need to power on the tablet and establish a data connection on the Verizon Wireless network for 15 minutes to ensure the update takes effect and also enroll in a Global Data Plan that fits their travel needs at www.verizonwireless.com/global.

Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/droidxyboard10.1support and www.verizonwireless.com/droidxyboard8.2support for more information about the update and download instructions.

Verizon Wireless has begun pushing a software update to the DROID BIONIC, DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola. The update enhances data connectivity, access to V CAST Apps and more. Customers can visitwww.verizonwireless.com/droidrazrsupport and www.verizonwireless.com/droidbionicsupport for more information about the update and download instructions. DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Customers can download the update by going to Settings > About Phone > System Update on their DROID RAZR or DROID RAZR MAXX.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • greeny42

    If it’s not ICS then its of no use to me.

  • Cwalden21

    I concur with greeny…i thought you meant ICS…
    Smh Samsung and sprint have released 2 updates to my galaxy s II one this month and one last month. Both of which nothing was said on here and they actually changed a couple UI things.

  • tkimball

    Waiting on ICS for Bionic. Either way still havn’t seen this update yet

  • cola

    Just updated my Droid Razr. Few minor changes not mentioned.

    -More bloat ware..
    MOB Music
    Emergency Alerts
    Videos (Google’s App used to watch rented movies )

    - New app icon for Text Messaging (was an envelope, now a Smiley face inside a chat box), as well as new icon in notification bar icon for text messaging and Google Talk

    - New suggestions and samples in Smart Actions

    - Larger, colorful icons in the Settings Menu

    - Stability is definitely improved when moving between home panels as listed in the update details. App icons used to disappear and reappear on occasion

    These are all I’ve noticed so far. Not too excited about more bloatware, as the Razr is already overloaded with it.

    • cola

      MOG Music **

  • spazby

    Come on moto, ics for photon?

  • KRS_Won

    Droid 4 went live.

  • Hector

    I have a Droid 3 which constantly turns itself back on after being shut off. It’s caused me a recent problem on a commercial flight when that annoying “Droiiiid” sound bleated out.
    Motorola SAYS they are “aware of the issue” and are “working on a solution” HA!
    They can update all these other phones but have already abandoned the Droid 3 which I’ve only had since October 2011. Thanks, Motorola. And thanks to you too, Verizon, for ignoring the problems.

  • TheKingOdysseus

    Well they are dragging their feet about ICS, Mog Music is useless. Get ICS released so the phone will actually use the two processors. Cause until ICS releases, your phone is using one processor, one of the sales people at the store argued with me about that. Wish they would hire people to work at Verizon that really knew what they are talking about :/