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Motorola delays or cancels Android 4.0 update for some devices

Motorola delays or cancels Android 4.0 update for some devices
Motorola has revised the timeline of its upcoming software updates, and we need to warn you that many people are not going to be happy. The recently announced Motorola DROID RAZR HD and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD are going to get updated to Android 4.1. That seems a slam dunk. After that, the news gets a littlre grimmer. The Motorola ATRIX 4G and the Motorola ATRIX 2, both once expected to have an update to Android 4.0 in the third quarter, are now listed as "further plans coming soon." This sounds like the Android 4.0 update is quickly slipping away for these devices as well as for the Motorola PHOTON 4G and the Motorola Electrify. The latter two have the same comment next to their name.

The Mototola ATRIX models may not get Android 4.0

The Mototola ATRIX models may not get Android 4.0

The new timeline does show Q4 Android 4.0 updates for the Motorola DROID BIONIC and the Motorola XOOM Family Edition. Stuck on Android 2.3 are the Motorola DROID 3, Motorola CLIQ 2, Motorola Admiral, Motorola DROID 2 Global, Motorola DROID 2, Motorola DROID PRO, and the Motorola DROID X2..

Okay, we get that the Motorola DROID X2 might not qualify and we can almost accept that the Motorola DROID 3 is stuck on Gingerbread. But the Motorola ATRIX 2 is less than a year old. And now that Motorola is focusing on Android 4.1 updates for its just introduced phones, does the manufacturer really have the heart to worry about Android 4.0 on its older models?

source: Motorola via AndroidCentral

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posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:40 1

1. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


What a surprise.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 11:53 1

41. lsutigers (Posts: 820; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


We really should have seen it coming, I knew their little $100 upgrade promotion was a cop out to upgrading this last batch of phones to ICS.

In typical Motorola fashion, screw everybody else but our biggest customer, and even some of those are getting screwed. I understand they have to draw the line somewhere but there's no excuse to not update the Atrix 2 and Photon 4G. Both very capable phones.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:41

2. FrostyDanny (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


Moto take way to long to update its devicss

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:41 3

3. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


It's difficult to deal with updates. A rule of thumb is stick with Nexus phones or a manufacture's flagship device.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:49 1

7. 14545 (Posts: 1604; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Wasn't the A2 a flagship at one point? Either way, until google tears down that "wall" moto will still continue to suck.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 00:31 2

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


no, it certainly wasn't. the Atrix 2 was a mid range device on AT&T's line-up. Moto's flagships went from the Atrix to the Bionic to the Razr series and now the Razr HD series.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 04:45 1

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Why is Motorola so Verizon centered? I'm sure a lot of people would love to have one of the new Moto devices released without having to pay $500+ for the global version. I'm pretty sure the closest thing any other carrier will get to the Razr HD this year will be AT&T with its Atrix HD; which, with its smaller display and smaller battery, is more like mid-ground between the original Droid Razr and the Razr HD.

Unless Motorola decides to surprise us this year and release its Razr series on all major carriers, kind of like what Samsung did with the GS3, but of course dropping the "Droid" when it moves off of Verizon. That would be nice.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 05:02 1

28. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, Verizon and their customers are the only one winning from this arrangement. AT&T's Atrix HD is okay but they could use something like a Atrix 3 to get that display size and the battery size up. Sprint needs a Photon HD to complement the Photon Q in like a Droid X/Droid 2 style duo and i hope T-Mobile get's something really bad ass from Motorola like oh i dunno...a Nexus or if not a new Motorola/T-Mobile brand like what the other carriers have going on with the Atrix, the Photon and the Razr series.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 06:56

29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The only T-Mobile/Motorola brand I can think of is the Cliq series, but that only lasted for 3 devices, and wasn't really that good either. Otherwise, I can't think of anything. Motorola needs to be more generous towards the other carriers. I get Verizon is the biggest US carrier, so it kind of makes sense to give them the best devices, but it probably would be better to expand your flagship series to as many people as possible.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 10:36

37. agarcia820 (Posts: 8; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)


They're focused on Verizon because they started the once successful "DROID" line which is made of mostly motorola devices.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 07:34

30. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The Atrix 2 was a mid-range device? Are you kidding me? It had the roughly the same specs as the Bionic at & was very comparable to any of the other high-end phones that came out in the 3rd quarter.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 07:51

31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, spec-wise it was certainly a formidable phone but AT&T had it in the mid-range $99 tier at launch.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:42 4

35. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Price is not the biggest factor when it comes what range a phone lies in. By your logic, the Atrix HD is also mid-range even though it sports the same resloution, screen size, & processor as many high-end phones. Personally, I would refer to it as a high-end phone for a great price.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:11

44. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i understand that but for the sake of this discussion i labeled it for it's status in the marketplace at the time and for what AT&T & Motorola clearly intended for it to be due to it's launch price, severe lack of internal storage and non-existent marketing. that's just the reality of it even if you do consider it's good spec appeal. now again this is just for the sake of our discussion about Motorola's support priorities. typically most Motorola devices have similar high-end specs but they're still separated into tiers. take the XOOM: FE for instance. great Wi-Fi Tablet, i got one when they got real cheap. it was thinner than the OG XOOM, had a better display and had expandable memory but i bet most of the people here have never even heard of it before. great specs but because of the way that Motorola positioned it it didn't create any ground swell.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 10:00

36. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


wasn't atrix also a flagship?

and droid 3 kinda?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:14

42. 14545 (Posts: 1604; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I wouldn't say the D2,3,4 were flagships. The reason being is that they were just a small "niche" filler. Personally, I would really like the 4 if it were for that terrible screen and locked bl. But unfortunately, bar phones are the only ones considered "flagships". I know the Bionic was a "flagship", and I was to the understanding the A and A2 were as well. But I have VZW, so I don't really pay attn to the other carrier locked phones.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 16:14

45. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the Atrix was indeed a flagship but the original Droid lineage lived on to complement and support the flagship device after the original Droid. Droid X/Droid 2, Droid Bionic/Droid 3, Droid Razr/Droid 4 and eventually probably the Droid Razr HD/Droid 5 or Droid HD or Droid Q perhaps if they want consistent naming schemes like it seems like they do lately.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:44 2

4. sportsinger75 (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


A pretty darn stable official ICS rom for the ATRIX 2 showed up months ago at XDA and I had used it for quite some time before selling the phone and never once had an issue... They should have released at least that update by now.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:46 2

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


its obvious they are focusing on fulfilling the promise of the new line up.....if they fail to deliver there it will be hell to pay..... so cant blame them about that

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:50 2

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Once the handset is sold, it becomes yesterday's news. The manufacturer is always looking to future sales. Bad news for owners of the handsets not getting the ICS love, though.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:53 2

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


its not that they wont be getting no love at all......just not right now lol

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 00:04 2

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If no love now, love in the future is even more problematic.

He loves me; he loves me not....

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 00:42 2

19. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


lol.......well hopefully they will deliver on both promises

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:22

43. 14545 (Posts: 1604; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


That's the reason El Goog should come out and make the OEM's sign a contact to update their phones for 18-24 months if they want to include "Gapps". In addition, each update should be available to the end users within 3 months. I mean honestly, how many F/T devs would that really need to do this? XDA can usually hack things to work properly within

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:49

6. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I have a question here, if I flashed a device with a custom ROM, will it be sim-unlocked?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 01:04 1

23. antmiu2 (Posts: 322; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


no, but you can simply buy a unlock code for about 3 bucks on ebay

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 01:31

25. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


ohh, okay :) THANKS! do you think, any carrier would give me a free unlock code if I asked them one?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:58 3

10. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I wonder when the RAZR will get JellyBean......

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 00:31 1

13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I've been wondering that myself. The only phones Motorola has slated for Jellybean are the newest 3. The Razr & Razr Maxx almost seem like no-brainers for JB considering how well they sold, but with Motorola, you never know. One also has to wonder about the Atrix HD. I think they're really dropping the ball here.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 00:42 2

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Motorola has actually slated that most of their 2011 line-up will get the JB treatment. that may be why select devices have "further plans coming soon"

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