Hello Moto: RAZR sees UPDT

If you have a Motorola RAZR HD, there’s good news, because you have an update available. It just might not be as “up to date” as what Google gives out on its phones.

Motorola Australia has now released an update for the version of Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” on this year’s RAZR HD handset, shifting the entire system up to one of the more recent versions of the operating system, 4.1 also known as “Jelly Bean.”

But while Motorola is owned by Google, the RAZR HD update being rolled out isn’t actually the most up-to-date version available.

Currently, the latest release is Android 4.2, which is now available on the Google Nexus 4 smartphone, and Nexus 7 and 10 tablets. Interestingly, 4.2 still keeps with the “Jelly Bean” name, but adds features such as the virtual reality styled PhotoSphere images, photo editing in the operating system, and lock screen widgets.

Motorola’s update to 4.1 obviously misses these upgrades, but does bring with it the Google Now system which customises a Google screen to how you live your life, complete with public transport times relevant to you, weather, local eateries, and more.

Google Search can now be spoken to, similar to Siri, although at the moment, only when you set the handset to US English.

To grab the update on a RAZR HD, head to your settings menu, followed by “About Phone” and then “System Updates”.

Owners of the RAZR M aren’t receiving the update just yet, with the 4.1 upgrade expected sometime in 2013.