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Motorola details plans to update its phones to Ice Cream Sandwich in 4 to 6 months

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Motorola details plans to update its phones to Ice Cream Sandwich in 4 to 6 months
Motorola explained on its blog, the process by which it plans on updating some of its handsets to Android 4.0. The entire process takes about four steps and it could be 4 to 6 months before your phone is running Ice Cream Sandwich. The first step involves taking the source code and sending it to devices via updates to devices where they can work well, at the same time, making sure that carrier requirements are met. What Motorola calls its "silicon partners" like TI, Qualcomm and NVIDIA must "adapt this to their chipsets in parallel and we incorporate these as they become available." Motorola specific enhancements like MotoCast and Smart Actions are added to the source code in this step.

Step 2 prepares the update for the carrier's certification lab by testing its quality and stability. Bugs are removed in this process. After as much as a 2 month preparation cycle, the carrier's lab tests the update which could take 1 to 3 months. At this point in the process, Motorola conducts tests with customers to make sure that the update is working right. This is the so-called "soak test".

The final step is to release the update. According to Motorola, deciding which phones will receive it is based on factors like the capabilities of the hardware and the device, the software support for the chipset on the phone and the ability to support "the Motorola value add software".

Adding it all up, it comes out to about 4 to 6 months to complete the process. Google has released the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich and Motorola is checking it out. The devices that will definitely get Android 4.0 at the moment are the Motorola DROID RAZR, the Motorola DROID BIONIC, and the Motorola XOOM (including Family Edition). Have a Motorola phone that you are hoping will be running on the ICS update? Motorola hopes to announce the other devices that will be updated sometime next month.

source: Motorola

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posted on 07 Dec 2011, 13:17 5

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


And thats why gnex is a good idea

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 05:41

28. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


gnex? I'm sorry, what is that?

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 05:42

30. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Oh, never mind, good thing this is an old post...

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 13:19 4

2. imkyle (Posts: 968; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


What happened to "6 weeks" after the code was released? :)

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 13:20 3

3. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I don't ever remember hearing six weeks... I remember hearing Q1 of 2012 but that's it.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 13:56 1

6. santy (Posts: 37; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


u r right. They promised to release 6 weeks after source code for ICS was released. Assuming GN releases in next 2 weeks... folks who bought Droid Razr will feel cheated. But this should change in future when google takes over Moto.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 13:25 1

4. bucky (Posts: 1280; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


They will release 42 new devices by then and delay the "old" ones even further. Never again motorola

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 05:41

29. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Says who?

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 18:43

31. bucky (Posts: 1280; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Well, besides myself and the many online complaints there is even one just 2 posts below you...

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 13:34

5. acoers (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


well shoot HASHCODE should have ICS on phones here soon. I know he's already got it on his droid 3 but he's working out the bugs now.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:03 3

7. bossmt_2 (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


So what happens first ICS on another device or Verizon finally releases the Galaxy Nexus?

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:10 3

8. c.hack (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Nice to see my DX2 has been abandoned after 6 months. So lame. Glad I finally switched to the iPhone - at least it will get updates.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:36 4

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5519; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"Glad I finally switched to the iPhone - at least it will get updates."

I doubt the owners of 3GS and 4 models will agree with your statement if they were wanting some Siri love.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 15:13 4

13. c.hack (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Owners of 2+ year old 3GS's got the iOS 5 update (without Siri). That's still a lot more than can be said about any Android phone. Motorola won't even unlock the DX2's bootloader so they can develop Cyanogen for it.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 19:39 1

25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5519; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And what if Moto releases ICS for the Droid 1? There are rumblings to that effect on the Droid forums. Moto has been soliciting D1 owners for participation in saturation testing; once accepted, everything else is under NDA, so no project details as yet. Now what was that you were saying about Moto abandoning earlier products?

posted on 08 Dec 2011, 03:04

27. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


they may have got the update but god did it slow the phone down.

IOS is now fragmented because the 3g and 3gs could not handle ios5.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:48 2

11. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


What updates did android need to keep bring out? No really how stupid are you? Android had gingerbread this year and will have ICS next year. Only reason to keep releasing updates if there are issues with the last update or software. Google said they want to do a once a year update process.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 15:10 2

12. c.hack (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


This whole post is about the ICS updates. Read the post before you make witless comments.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 16:46 1

16. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


What your saying is you got a iphone for updates. Have u not read about all the iphone updates? Their to correct the issues with the previous updates, if u like getting updates with problems that need more updates to fix them then you made the right choice. This is about Google getting ICS to maufactors who need to test the updated OS and then pass it to the carrier, then finally after everything is said and done, release it to the public. Dont fix something that isnt broke.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 17:15

18. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Your kinda pointles bank robber because the major ipdates ar not to fix flawes but add features. Otherwise there would be still android 1.456732 and not 4.0. Your ignorent to a pessimist and funny part of this site that say comments that well ar not, not wrong. Well how about half right to a optimist

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 19:33

23. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


He said he ditched his droid for a iphone becuase of updates. Only phone i know that had a issue in not getting a major update on time is the US galaxy S series phone. I dont see how Apple updates to a major update once a year is better then a Android major update once a year. Google shows off the features off the update then sends out the sorce code to be tested and made into a update. For him to say he made his change because of a update is a poor excuse to use.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 14:42

10. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


So much for Q1 for ICS :(

Figures, it was to good to be true. Q2 here we come...lame.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 15:21 1

14. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


I hope the Photon 4G gets it.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 16:47

17. theBankRobber (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Same here, Photon baby :)

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 15:37 1

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Can't say I'm surprised considering how much of a major update ics is. I can't blame them for wanting to make sure it works properly.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 17:23 2

19. antmiu2 (Posts: 181; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


better get it on ATRIX 4G

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 17:54 2

20. sunilmathew (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


totally with you. i want the update for the first motorola atrix.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 18:50

21. Tatperson (Posts: 58; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


They need to release ICS on both the Atrix and the atrix2.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 19:23

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6107; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Yeah me too better bring to my Atrix also

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 19:36

24. networkdood (Posts: 6244; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, my RAZR is rooted and I can tether without Verizon pestering me. At least I have my captivate for my flashing needs....ICS is looking good on that phone, so far.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 23:43

26. JayTol (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I'm hoping that my Motorola TRIUMPH will get this ICS update.

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