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Motorola makes it official: No ICS for Motorola ATRIX 4G, Motorola Electrify and Motorola PHOTON 4G

0. phoneArena 28 Sep 2012, 23:50 posted on

Last week, we told you the bad news that Motorola had apparently delayed or changed its intentions on updating certain models to Android 4.0; on Friday, the manufacturer officially announced on Friday that three models are out of the running for the update...

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posted on 28 Sep 2012, 23:55 14

1. chemhaz (Posts: 161; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Looks like the Atrix 4G was the last Moto phone I purchased.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 23:59 13

2. Pings (Posts: 303; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


They have great hardware, software not so much. Blur sucks, and always will. I wish they all would go like the Nexus, and have Google control the software.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:03 10

4. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Have you paid attention to software post ICS on Motorola phones? Blur is pretty much gone.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 21:59 4

60. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


who cares SNIGGLY MOTOROLA SCREW US they PROMISE ICS 3RD QT OR 4TH but I knew they were only doing it to FORCE us to buy their ne hand sets but all the good RAZRS is ONLY ON VERIZON

posted on 02 Oct 2012, 13:21

78. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14191; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


So there should be no excuse for not updating these phones.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:33 8

11. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


"Blur" hasn't sucked for a while, and in my honest opinion it's been better then Touchwiz and Sense since gingerbread.

This is a headscratcher though, both of these devices have the specs to run ICS. Ah well at least they'll get the $100

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:42 2

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


yeah, i doubt Motorola made this decision lightly knowing that every Atrix and Photon owner would be entitled to a Benjamin a pop if they couldn't deliver the desert. the Tegra II might actually not be able to handle ICS+ with a Manufacturer UI, they lack things that are essential now like NEON support and dual-channel memory. this is why it was important last year to really think about the SoC's that were in the phones we were buying because the threshold of where the SoC really ceased to matter too much for a while was right there in between the Tegra II and the OMAP4.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 04:53 2

32. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Ah gotcha. I wouldn't have thought neon support would be an issue for the T2 in phones, when all the major T2 tablets seem to be doing alright on ICS.

Though after reading hashofcode's take on the X2 and D3 not getting ICS, at least I think it was hashofcode, I shoulda known it wasn't always so black and white.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 13:26 2

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


well i don't have anything else to offer you on why 2 well received phones aren't going to be updated to ICS. see now Motorola's gonna have to buy back all these phones. most Tegra II Tablets have Vanilla builds of Android or at least something real close to it with the exception of the Tab 10.1 and despite how well the Tab 10.1 sold it's not going to be updated to JB which is a pretty incremental update over ICS so that probably indicates that Samsung was pushing it with ICS.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 07:08 1

36. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


Have you seen the hardware on the cheap no name tablets sporting ICS on a $100 device?

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 13:20 1

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


the cheap, no-name tablets you're referring to usually have vanilla builds of Android.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 21:58 1

59. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


same here brother. FCK MOTOROLA! Moving on to SONY or the NOTE ii

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 09:51

74. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


I already hated Motorola for their bad products but now my Photon seems rather worthless. Im moving yo Windows Phone so I can continually upgrade my phone :)

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:01 11

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


Wow, that's just poor support.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:18 6

6. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


yeah..jus poor support..hardware is surely not a problem
It's a tegra 2...

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:35 1

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


i'm not really sure if we can play the hardware card because the only 2 devices with JB that have real out of date hardware like these devices are the XOOM and the Nexus S but both of them are Google Experience devices so they don't have Manufacturer UI's to think about.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 07:03 1

35. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


Amazing in a bad way. Google can't even live up to their own commitment they asked from the other manufacturers for them to keep products up to date with the latest OS version for 2 years after release. The fact that these phones were released prior to Googles acquisition of Moto is irrelevant. They should be setting the standard to follow. My Razr Maxx may be my last moto despite it receiving ICS for fear it will soon be left behind. Already kinda is with JB out and I am doubting seeing that version come to my phone.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:04 8

5. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


If they can give a legitimate reason for this, I'm all ears. Overall though, not a great move by the company.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 19:58

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


I wonder if they were having problems with the Tegra 2 chip. Seems like the only dual-core devices not getting ICS are those with Tegra 2. The Bionic with an OMAP chip is getting ICS, but the X2 with a Tegra 2 isn't?

The only device I can think of with a Tegra 2 that got updated to ICS (and Jelly Bean) is the Xoom, but that was handled by Google. And I think the LG G2X did? Not sure

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 20:57 3

52. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If you're talking about the G2X here in the states, it's still suck on 2.3.4 but overseas it may have been upgraded to ICS.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 21:47 1

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


Yeah, I believe in Korea it was updated to ICS as the Optimus 2X

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:23 5

7. drum009 (Posts: 33; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


WTF!!!! I've been holding out with my Photon 4g in anticipation for ICS.....
That's it, MOTOROLA, this will be my first and last phone I purchase from you!!!!!
I am going back to HTC or Samsung...... or maybe ZTE :)

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 20:58 2

53. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I haven't seen ZTE push out a software update for any of its phones so your best bet is HTC or Samsung.

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 22:40

76. drum009 (Posts: 33; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


that's true.... I haven't had a ZTE device yet. Maybe in the future I might give them a try. When your're on the bottom there's no where to go but up! :)

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 22:16 2

61. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


move to the GALAXY PHONE. cause I'm moving to SONY ON AT&T. YET MOTOROLA SCREW US AGAIN. I'm trying to hold out for the NOTE II XPERIA T or the new NEXUS

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 11:49

70. Mr_Carter2 (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


dont go to HTC they arent much better. They've been stringing us Thunderbolt users along for almost a month without an announcement...

posted on 01 Oct 2012, 22:42

77. drum009 (Posts: 33; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


ya, my last phone was the EVO 4G. It had great developer support. The photon has awesome developers but unfortunately I use my phone for a lot of video streaming and it doesn't work on their ICS and JB builds.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:24 4

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


thanks for screwing us over... last motorola phone i ever buy! motorola just died to me

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:27 3

9. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


This still doesn't kill my desire to have the Razr Maxx HD, but it seems that if I'm going to buy a Motorola phone, it's going to be Verizon. It's inexcusable that the Atrix 2 gets ICS and the original Atrix doesn't. However, the Verizon Motorola phones have had decent software support where it's made sense.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:33 3

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


Calm down moto user... All you need to do is to get the refund of $100 from moto which is promised itself... Feel free to purchase the razr HD with $100 discount...

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