Ever since custom recoveries and roms became popular, nandroid backups have been the fall back method for all android enthusiasts, irrespective of their confidence levels. They allow easy backup and restore in case things go wrong, which happens invariably when a modification is being tested. With that being said, how relevant are Nandroid Backups to this day? Back in 2011, when the world of Android was being awed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, a little modification made its appearance...
[OTA Captured] Droid Razr HD KitKat Goes from Soak Test to Full Release, Razr M also Receives Update
You may recall that a mere two days ago, we talked about how a KitKat soak test for the Verizon Droid RAZR HD had just gotten underway. Apparently, the results were quite positive, as official KitKat is now rolling out for the device. What’s more, KitKat is also making its way to the Razr Maxx HD, as well as the Motorola Droid RAZR M.
The update for the Droid Razr HD (and Razr Maxx HD) comes in at software version 9.30.1. This is up from firmware version 9.18.94 that we saw during the soak test. Just like the previous build, this update is only for the Verizon XT926 version of the device. So just like before, if you own an XT925, this update is not for you. So what does this update bring? According to Verizon’s support page it not only updates the device to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but it also packs a new integrated application: Droid ZAP 2.0. Aside from ZAP, the update brings other features we’ve come to know and love in KitKat such as Hangouts messaging, printing support, Immersive Mode, Emoji support, and more.
The Razr HD isn’t the only Motorola device to be receiving the update goods today. The Droid Razr M also received an update to software version 183.46.10. Just like the updates above, it is only intended for the Verizon variant. And in the case of the M, this is the XT907. Also just like the update above, Verizon states that this update also packs ZAP 2.0, as well as the usual KitKat enhancements.
The update for both devices is gradually rolling out via a staged OTA rollout. But luckily for Razr HD owners, the update has been captured and mirrored thanks to XDA Forum Member Sabissimo. In order to sideload the update, you must first be running stock, unrooted, and official firmware and be on custom recovery. Once you’ve restored to such a state, place the file linked above on your external storage, boot into recovery. To do this, power off your phone and hold down Volume Up + Volume Down + Power to access the bootloader. From there, select recovery and wait for the Android exclamation point logo. Then, press Volume Up + Volume Down and select “apply update from external storage.”
Unfortunately, there’s no captured OTA for the Razr M. However, it’s only a matter of time before consumer devices start receiving this update and it’s captured for others to enjoy. So if you’ve got a Razr M, monitor this thread closely for the OTA and follow the same instructions above.
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