Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update for Motorola Razr i now live
Motorola's Razr i is now being updated to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with improved performance all round
The patch is 300MB and has started its distribution in France, though it is expected to push out across Europe and the UK soon.
Naturally it includes all the great improvements made over the already excellent 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) build, which means you get generally faster performance, the Google Now notifications service and Project Butter’s optimisations to make touch responsiveness silky smooth.
Motorola has reportedly also made a few tweaks to the custom launcher loaded onto the Razr i. This isn’t a particularly intrusive overlay, for the most part it’s just stock Android, but you do get a dedicated quick settings page which swipes in from the left.
The new update is coming over-the-air, straight to the phone itself, so unless you’re on an unlimited data tariff it’s recommended you download over a Wi-Fi connection.
While users should see an automatic notification when the update is available sometimes it’s quicker to manually check by going into Settings>About Phone>System Updates and selecting ‘Check now’.
Users in France are reporting performance improvements but it’s not known what changes have been made to the Motorola launcher.
The build has been described as ‘much more fluid’ and ‘prettier’, with some applications launching faster than before. Meanwhile for the camera the panoramic shooting mode’s interface has apparently been altered.
Performance with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 on Intel’s single-core 2GHz Atom processor was already very impressive and makes a compelling argument against the necessity of multi-core in the ongoing ‘core wars’ debate.
If Jelly Bean has improved performance further that’ll be quite the thing to see.