Motorola has been in the Android fray for quite some time now. It is popularly known for its Droid series of smartphones particularly on Verizon’s networks. However, of late, the company has lost traction in the market with companies like Samsung, HTC dominating the industry. But Motorola wasn’t going to back out as it introduced a flurry of new Android smartphones in fall last year and one among these smartphones was the Razr i. This was one of those rare smartphones running on the Intel Medfield (Z2460) single core processor clocked at 2 GHz, hence the ‘i‘ moniker. This however didn’t see an extended global roll out which is the reason why we don’t hear a lot about this smartphone. But good news awaits users of the smartphone in France, as Motorola has begun rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update right about now. Users have already reported receiving the update in the region.
The smartphone originally came with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which was pretty old even at the time, so the update is long overdue. The update will be 300MB in size so make sure you get to the nearest Wi-Fi network if you don’t have an unlimited data plan. There’s no word on when other parts of the world will get it, but it seems like this is the start of the rollout of the update for Razr i devices all across the globe, so users in other parts of the world should get it eventually. The smartphone features pretty much the same specs and dimensions as the Verizon Droid Razr M, but with an Intel based chipset instead of the dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. The Droid Razr M however is running on Android 4.1.1 as of now, so the Razr i is running on a slightly updated version of Android Jelly Bean.
The standard set of Jelly Bean features that you expect with Jelly Bean is all bundled with the update, including Google Now as well as the improved smoothness and usability of the user interface. As Motorola likes to stick with minimal customization for its smartphones, the users should find a fairly stock version of Android albeit with a few Motorola specific UI tweaks. The official change log isn’t available yet, but we should expect Motorola to make it public soon. Now that the update has arrived, the bigger question posing Motorola is whether it will upgrade its lineup to Android 4.2, and if yes, when exactly? The latest version of Android is right around the corner (Google I/O 2013) and the least the manufacturers can do is support its existing devices with the latest updates. There’s additional pressure on Motorola considering it’s a Google entity since 2011.