Verizon branded Motorola Droid RAZR owners are now set to download a new software update. Verizon is now rolling out the new update to the Droid RAZR along with its slightly fatter brother, the Droid RAZR MAXX. The new firmware update will crank the version number up to 6.12.173.XT912.Verizon.en.US. According to the changelog of the update 6.12.173, there will be some massive changes coming to the system and we should also mention that the new update will bring Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread build to the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX handsets. Good thing is that the update is carrying 4G data connectivity improvements in low-signal 4G environments. Here is the full changelog of the Android 2.3.6/6.12.173 software update:
# Mobile Hotspot will now successfully allow other devices to connect to all.
# Improvements in the Mobile Hotspot security.
# VZ Navigator has been updated with the latest 3D map improvements.
# Visual Voice Mail messages can be marked as read.
# Visual Voice Mail message playback resumes when audio is switched to speaker.
# Visual Voice Mail will successfully subscribe or unsubscribe while connected with Wi-Fi.
# Successfully press back key after playback in Visual Voice Mail without error.
# V CAST App now comes preloaded.
# MotoCast installation steps have been improved for easier use.
# Improved stability of data connectivity after Airplane Mode is disabled.
# Improved data throughput performance in low-signal 4G environments.
# Improved Battery life when using Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) Bluetooth headsets.
# Successfully save multimedia ringtones.
# Favorite Contacts widget has been updated.
# Improved device stability when moving between home screen panels.
# Email icon has been updated for improved visibility.
# When performing an Over the Air (OTA) update, the display will correctly show the remaining download time.
# CMAS (Commercial Mobile Alert Service) feature has been added.
The new OTA update is now ready and can be pulled to your Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX handsets by heading over to Menu –> Settings –> About Phone –> System Updates –> If you see the update is available –> Tap Download button –> Hit Install Now button –> Device reboots automatically –> Follow the instructions till the upgraded process of 151.8MB update finishes successfully –> Device reboots again –> Done.
How To Manually Download Android 2.3.6/ 6.12.173 Update on Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX Handsets
If you want to wait the till OTA notification alerts you about the new firmware upgrade, you can manually upgrade your Motorola Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX handset by downloading the Blur_Version.6.11.748.XT912.Verizon.en.US.zip file and flashing on your device. Don’t be confused here. 6.11.748 version is referring to the current version you are running now. But, it will jump up to 6.12.173 version, which is newer than the 6.11.748 you are currently running.
# Download the required file from the above link and copy it to microSD card of your handset.
# Turn off your handset.
# Keep holding both Volume Up and Down and Power at the same time to reboot into recovery mode.
# Choose “Recovery” when menu appears.
# Press both volumes at the same time when you see an Android logo with exclamation mark.
# Select “apply update from sdcard.”
*Scroll with Volume Down, select “apply update from sdcard” with Power switch
# Select the downloaded file “Blur_Version.6.11.748.XT912.Verizon.en.US.zip” from SD card to flash.
# Let it to do its task.
# When it prompts, hit Reboot System Now button.
# That’s it.