October 21, 2014

Q3 What?! Motorola Mobility updates Android 4.0 details for devices

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Updates, updates, updates… A hot topic for many Android users. Most of us are, at this point, used to getting the shaft when it comes to timely updates from OEM’s and carriers. Motorola knows this is an important issue, as they’ve released some news regarding updates to Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The upgrade development cycle looks like this, which is understandable. There are methods to the madness involved in pushing updates to thousands of devices. Keep in mind this is coming from an OEM, and depending on the mobile carrier involved there could be contractual requirements that make some devices more difficult to update than others.

Aside from the Wifi-Only XOOM, no other Motorola devices have received an update to ICS, and it looks like it may be a while… That right there proves that if a carrier is involved the updates will be much slower. Most notably, Verizon.

Device Name*
USA
MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi Only MZ604 ICS Upgrade rollouts began in January 2012.
MOTOROLA XOOM Family Edition ICS Upgrade rollout begins in Q2 2012.
ATRIX 2 ICS Upgrade rollout begins in Q3 2012.
ATRIX 4G MB860 ICS Upgrade rollout begins in Q3 2012.Upgrade to Android 2.3 now available (Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Updates) orhere.
PHOTON 4G ICS Upgrade rollout begins in Q3 2012.
MOTOROLA XYBOARD 8.2 ICS Upgrade rollout begins in Q3 2012.
MOTOROLA XYBOARD 10.1 ICS Upgrade rollout begins in Q3 2012.
ADMIRAL In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
DROID 3 In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
DROID 4 In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
DROID BIONIC In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
DROID RAZR In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
DROID RAZR MAXX In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
DROID X2 In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
DROID XYBOARD 8.2 In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
DROID XYBOARD 10.1 In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
ELECTRIFY In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
MILESTONE 3 In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
MILESTONE X2 In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
MOTOROLA PRO+ In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi + 3G MZ600 In Evaluation & Planning. Further details to follow.
DROID 2 A955 Upgrade to Android 2.3 available (Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates).
DROID 2 Global A956 Upgrade to Android 2.3 available (Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates).
DROID X2 MB870 Upgrade to Android 2.3 available (Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates).
BRAVO MB520 Upgrade to Android 2.2 available (Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates).
DEFY MB525 Upgrade to Android 2.2 now available. For info,click here.
DROID A855 Upgrade to Android 2.2 is complete (Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates).
DROID X MB810 Upgrade to Android 2.2 available (Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates).
FLIPSIDE MB508 Upgrade to Android 2.2 now available here.
BACKFLIP MB300 Upgrade to Android 2.1 now available here.
CHARM MB502 Will remain on Android 2.1.
CLIQ MB200 Upgrade to Android 2.1 now available here.
FLIPOUT MB511 Will remain on Android 2.1.
MILESTONE A854 Will remain on Android 2.1.
MILESTONE XT720 Will remain on Android 2.1.
DEVOUR A555 Will remain on Android 1.6.
CLIQ XT MB501 (T-Mobile) Will remain on Android 1.5. For info, click here.
CLIQ XT MB501 (Wal-Mart) Will remain on Android 1.5.
MOTOROLA i1 Will remain on Android 1.5.

It’s quite apparent that this is a new methodology of Motorola Mobility. Providing a road map for it’s devices is a nice move, but the time frame listed in this announcement is absolute garbage. Three phones and three tablets have already surpassed “phase 1″ of their cycle, which probably means they are in “phase 2.”

There are a ton of devices still in “phase 1″ with absolutely no word when they will receive an update. I’m not talking about the original Moto Droid.. I’m talking about the Droid RAZR, Droid RAZR Max, Droid 4, Droid Bionic and many other brand new or almost brand new handsets. Seriously?

Motorola, you had no prior notion of getting ICS on these BRAND SPANKING NEW phones?

It’s disgusting really. All but one of them show a Q3 time frame for updates.  That’s another 6 months!!!!

While we applaud the release of their road map for future updates, it may make you reconsider the purchase of another Motorola handset or tablet.

How’s this make you feel Droid RAZR owners? Let us know if you care one way or another.

Source: MotoBlog MotoForums