Ok, so after MUCH head banging and aggravation. I have finally come the conclusion as to WHY there are TWO DIFFERENT Soak OTA's being pushed!
Let's Begin with the "Facts". MOST of the Razr HD users should be coming from 9.16.6. Or in the Fastboot files world, we can call this (Long)
For the sake of historical info. 9.16.6 IS the official firmware for the latest 4.1.2 JB release. During the last few months, a 9.16.9 leaked, however NOT as an OTA, but ONLY as an FXZ (MR4). Again...this system was NEVER pushed by Moto/VZW as an official software update AT ALL. The "rumor" was that should certain people have a specific set of problems (swype, or others) that should they have gone in for service at a VZW store, the tech support would flash this "MR4" FXZ to repair this issue.
What does this mean?
Not EVERYONE is, or should be on this 9.16.9 (MR4) file system (unless they flashed the leaked FXZ files or had service work done to their device for specific reasons).
Fast forward to Yesterday - 7/10/2013
Moto/Big Red begins to push out a soak test OTA. Initially referred to as
A few hours later, comes out from VZW depicting a list of changes for an update now labeled 9.20.1
Then, shortly after, soak invitees are reported to having a different OTA being pushed to them, coincidentally -(Now apparently labeled 9.16.9...remember Moto file naming...coming from not going to - IE The file system version of the "MR4, semi-unofficial" system version.)
(SIDE NOTE, Important - I Have NOT personally flashed this version, I can not comment on the bootloader lock/unlock exploit at this moment!)
Questions are raised in the Moto Feedback forum why different people are receiving different pushes. But they go unanswered. As a matter of fact, the soak managers make it clear in the beginning of the soak that the "OTA they receive, WILL be the official OTA pushed to the end users and your job is only to evaluate it".
It should be noted that
So What the Hell Are We Talking about here?
Well honestly, without getting too complicated or confusing, my question to you (or Moto or anyone) is this: Why would they push out two drastically deviated updates to a device that appears to currently have only a 3rd spot removed (xx.xx.6 vs xx.xx.9) system version? If they have the ability to merge these now 2 different systems into 1, WHY would they push out to, what appears to be VERY far apart systems based on file version numbers? Now, granted, while I personally have yet to get really down and dirty to differentiate these two different OTAs, it still appears to be VERY atypical to me for Moto/VZW to fragmentate official system versions. This has NEVER been done like this in the past. There was once a time when (the Christmas leak), when there were 2 OTA's labeled differently (coming from, not going to) that brought the device to the SAME system version. This, on the other hand, is NOT the same case by ANY MEANS.
Again, I don't have the answer to this which is why I'm asking you guys to weigh in on your opinions. I realize this OP can be very hard to follow the first time it's read, but if you read it more than once, you will see my question. I'm not sure what to say or where to go from here. This is most unusual.
So the floor is OPEN. What do you all think? This is MOST unusual IMO. To me, I feel Moto would work hard to get these fragmented devices back on 1 system version. While I personally have not flashed nor examined this 9.20.1, I still find this practice bizarre. As IMO (from the testimony of those who I've spoken to, MR2 and MR4 aren't really THAT different).
So WTH is going on?! What do you all think about this?!