Motorola delays or cancels Android 4.0 update for some devices
0. phoneArena 22 Sep 2012, 23:36 posted on
Motorola has revised its timeline for future software updates and has delayed the Android 4.0 update for some of its phones; speculation is that some models will no longer be scheduled to get the update which is not going to make too many people happy...
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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.
2. FrostyDanny (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)
Moto take way to long to update its devicss
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.
7. 14545 (Posts: 1483; 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3723; 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.
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.
35. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3723; 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.
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.
36. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
wasn't atrix also a flagship?
and droid 3 kinda?
42. 14545 (Posts: 1483; 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
9. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
its not that they wont be getting no love at all......just not right now lol
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....
19. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
lol.......well hopefully they will deliver on both promises
43. 14545 (Posts: 1483; 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
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?
23. antmiu2 (Posts: 309; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)
no, but you can simply buy a unlock code for about 3 bucks on ebay
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?
10. BattleBrat (Posts: 1437; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I wonder when the RAZR will get JellyBean......
13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3723; 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.
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"
34. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I have JB on my RAZR with working camera and data.
46. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
lemme guess the Sep 22nd build of CM10. how'd you get your data working? that was a problem for me.
48. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
This from the company that told us we would have it "6 weeks" after release.
Love my Razr....my last Motorola device.
17. wendygarett (unregistered)
be positive mind and think that it is actually a good news :)
because moto user will get free $100 device that moto promise :D
18. yoyo93 (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)
Motorola are disgusting they release ics for the Atrix 2 in India but are just being d**kheads.
22. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Cue Mxy coming in and crying about Motorola screwing over its customers despite the fact that there is no confirmation whether the updates have actually been canceled.
Perhaps they're going to skip the phones right to Jelly Bean instead. Google did kind of throw a wrench into the works by releasing it so soon.
And I'm not personally affected by this either. My Atrix has been running Jelly Bean for over a month now.
40. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
I'm done with Motorola Sniggly you should be too and furious at them from now updating their 2011 device that DESERVE THE 4.0 update first. I'm moving on to SONY I won't support them or buy if they make A NEXUS phone
52. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Furious? Why should I be furious?
Motorola's been going through upheaval for years. They're in the middle of an overhaul by Google. Hell, during that time they've actually kept a pretty good record of getting models updated on a relatively timely basis.
Besides, you better check the top of the main page now; seems there's an update on the Atrix 2 at least.
And for the record, my next phone is likely to be a Razr Maxx HD.
24. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Even after google bought Motorola Moto hasnt changed its habit
A leopard cannot change its spots
26. jibraihimi (Posts: 755; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Wooow Motorola just yesterday you were taking jibe at Apple for their pathetic imaps, and here you're unable to update phone like atrix 2 to icecream sandwich leave alone jellybean........... At least Apple is updating it's three years old phone to ios 6............ So motorola please improve your service, work for satisfaction of customers, and I'm sure you will also be having cult following which Apple and samsung is having...............
32. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
This lack of updates is starting to become an annoyance.
33. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
No big deal - go to XDA and get cm9/10....enjoy
38. agarcia820 (Posts: 8; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)
I got the DROID4 and it received ICS in August and since then, IT HAS BEEN CRAP, constant freeze, forcelose, and even constant self resetting. Moto hasnt fixed it and it's been well over a month.
39. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
4th qt is too late Motorola I'M DONE WITH YOUR SLOW ASS. YOU CAN't give your RAZR LINE 4.0 first the phones that came out before the RAZRS SHOULD GET 4.0 I'm NEVER GOING TO BUY A MOTOROLA PHONE EVER. Plus they give all the good RAZRS too Verizon. From now on I'm going to buy SONY at least they give their iON 4.0 FCK U MOTOROLA
53. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The Ion hasn't gotten ICS yet. There hasn't even been any news about the Ion getting ICS yet.
49. theBankRobber (Posts: 681; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Wow what a kick in the teeth, my poor Photon 4g. I was in the last beta and when the 1st update came out , it had bugs and issues. Took Motorola a whole month to gives us (beta testers) a update for the fix. My Photon has stood the huge test for build quality but this is just bad, now im hoping for Motorola to just stick their handsets on Verizon so other carriers can offer only phones that will get updated.
51. BomberXL (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
the Atrix is a flagship phone.. honestly... i got it at release, and with my use, iv probably beaten it to a pulp. and still today, it runs as smooth as the day i got it. when the first update came out for it, i was excited, but i thought it was going to be left behind amongst the ranks, but really, this phone is very good, and still does me wonders... i really hope Motorola doesnt cop out on that 4.0, because i was hoping for that these past months in hopes of not being left in the dust till my next upgrade. that $100 is s**t to me. Motorola has kept me happy... until now