As Motorola finishes its ICS updates, the OEM reveals its Android 4.1 schedule

As Motorola finishes its ICS updates, the OEM reveals its Android 4.1 schedule
With the news that the Motorola DROID BIONIC is receiving Android 4.0 on Friday, the manufacturer has now completed all of the Ice Cream Sandwich updates it has scheduled for its handsets. This remains a sore point with owners of the Motorola DROID 3, the Motorola ATRIX 4G and the Motorola PHOTON 4G, all three of which will remain on Android 2.3  through their dying days. Whether it's because of a guilty conscience or merely a marketing promotion, those owners of a 2011 Motorola smartphone not eligible for Jelly Bean can receive a $100 Motorola gift card by trading their device in for a newer Motorola model.

Motorola is  listing which of its handsets will get Android 4.1

Motorola is listing which of its handsets will get Android 4.1

But we digress. Motorola has updated its scheduled list of scheduled updates and we can tell you that the manufacturer plans on delivering Jelly Bean to the Motorola DROID RAZR M, Motorola DROID RAZR HD and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD before the ball drops in Times Square. The Motorola ATRIX HD, Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE, Motorola DROID RAZR, Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, Motorola DROID 4 and the Motorola DROID BIONIC will be updated to Android 4.1.

Turning to the tablets, the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi only has already received Android 4.1, and the 3G/LTE version will receive the update sometime this quarter. Additionally, it should be noted that the Motorola XOOM Family Edition will be receiving Android 4.0 sometime this quarter.

It has been a nightmare for both Motorola and owners of its devices. The company does seem to be more determined to stay on the ball update wise with it's latest handset releases, but we will have to see if the manufacturer holds to its promises.

source: Motorola via AndroidCentral

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68 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

FCK u Motorola for not updating my Atrix 4G. and your GIFT CARD isn't enough to buy a new handset should be 200$ or at least 129$ This is the last time I'm buying your hand set and sick and tired of you guys putting your exclusive RAZR on Verizon only when it should be on every carrier

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

especially when verizon bullies them into loading the bloatware and non stock interface. There was that article where motorola says they want to go stock but Verizon wont let them. Moto fans will follow you where you go Moto, dont let yourself continue to be bullied by Verizon.

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

PA ASSUMED it was Verizon. i'm pretty sure it's all of the carriers considering we don't exactly have stock AHD's and Photon Q's around.

64. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

It's Verizon, look how quickly Moto was able to update the wi-fi only Xoom vs. Verizon's Xoom.

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm telling you, there's something wrong with the Tegra 2. I know other devices with it have gotten updated, but it just seems like the only Moto handsets with a dual-core CPU and aren't getting updated are the ones with Tegra 2. The Atrix and the Atrix 2 have very similar hardware, it's just the Atrix 2 has an OMAP chip instead of Tegra. They both have dual-core 1 GHz CPUs and 1 GB RAM, but the Atrix 2 with its OMAP got ICS.

2. metalpoet unregistered

As a disapointed former owner of the DROID 3, i went to that stupid website where i sign up to receive this dumb $100 gift card for a newer Moto device because I planned on getting the DROID RAZR M and never received word from motorola about them doing that for me. Then Bestbuy had the $100 promo for the samsung galaxy s3 and i took advantage of that. Maybe if Motorola pulled their heads out of their asses they wouldve realized the slippery slope that their on towards full on destruction. *I had nothing but Motorola for smartphones and my GS3 is the first smartphone outside of the DROID 2, DROID X(3 of them in 6 months), and DROID 3 (4 of those in one year) that i owned. I have observed that Samsung has really picked up their game from their earlier attempts at an android device and i am glad they did. I am debating if i should exchange my GS3 for the note 2 when it comes out but ive already heard nightmarish stories about its battery life.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Maybe I just don't understand Android software, but since the Bionic and Droid 3 use the same CPU and the same screen tech, why couldn't they update the D3 at the same time? Is 500 MB RAM just not enough to run ICS?

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

If it wasn't built with it, 512 MB RAM just isn't going to run ICS smoothly. They probably tested the Droid 3 with ICS, found it was too unstable and decided that it would be better off with 2.3.

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Makes sense. It's unfortunate for D3 owners, but Verizon's policy is correct from a customer service perspective. If they're more likely to get complaints about choppy ICS than outdated Gingerbread, why would they take the risk? It's the same policy they've taken with other (HTC) phones.

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Exactly, I don't know why everyone is being so hard on Motorola for it when other manufacturers have done the same.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Google. That's my only explanation. Once Google bought Moto, people expected instant results. But on Verizon, everyone is at the mercy of the carrier's update test schedule. The Rezound was built for ICS, and OTA leaks were appearing in March, but VZW didn't approve it until July. I can hardly blame HTC for Verizon's strict standards, especially since my phone is running MORE smoothly after that lengthy wait.

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's likely the case and besides the Droid 3 is still great with it's build of 2.3.4. it's still one of my most favorite handsets to date. if you're not satisfied though i hear good things about it running CM9.

29. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm going ahead and getting CM10 on my GS2 as soon as my case for it gets here. Nova Launcher could only serve me well for so long. Even though I'm probably going to get the LG Nexus soon after release, I can't really hold off for another month or so. And I might as well get SetCPU while I'm at it and drive the tiny stutters out of this Snapdragon. My case should be here by Tuesday, wish me luck.

32. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

sure thing pal, you can make it!

33. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

One question though, one of my friends said it was just as easy as jailbreaking, is that true? I mean, all you have to do is put you device in a certain mode by pressing a combination of buttons then run a program while connected to your computer? I would imagine it would be a bit more difficult with rooting because it goes more in-depth than jailbreaking.

38. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh yeah, for a phone with an unlocked bootloader it'll be real easy. once you do it a few times you'll be flashing ROM's on the fly. it really just depends. some exploits are easier than others.

41. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Specially the Htc ones. They are a pain to unlock.

44. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, HTC's are a pain in the ass in general but every OEM causes some kind of pain during these processes.

43. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

So it's just download the files, then *click, click* boom, you're running CM10. Or at least, that's the gist of it? Sorry if I'm being a bit too interrogative, I'm going in blind here.

50. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

by now there should be a utility to root the SII for T-Mobile and when you find that and download it it'll just be a matter of making sure your phone drivers are all there and pressing enter and then after that you'll flash a custom recovery and i think you can do that straight from the ROM Manager app for that phone and then you just drag and drop your ROM's to the root of your SD Card and flash them from the recovery menu.

52. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Alright then, sounds simple enough. Now to wait until Tuesday. Or maybe tomorrow, I don't know why, but whenever I order something it always gets sent to me 2-3 days earlier than what was estimated, no matter where I order from. Sooner the better I guess.

66. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

A couple more questions, would flashing CM10 erase all my data? Contacts, messages, apps, etc. And; if I were to brick my phone, would I be able to recover it somehow, or does that term "brick" actually live up to its name?

67. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it would erase everything that's not on the SD Card. there's a soft brick which can be fixed and then there's a hard brick which is the scary literal kind you're thinking about.

68. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Alright, I'm all up and rooted and will get SetCPU soon as well as CM10. However, my brother wants me to root his Galaxy Blaze now and it's showing some difficulties. I'm using this; http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1919228 I've followed it word for word, but as soon as I click run on Odin it says it failed. The firmware is right, it goes into download mode successfully, I selected the correct tar and pit, but it still fails. Any idea on how to fix this?

40. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Good luck Berzerk. S3 rooted and clocked at 1.9 tried franco kernel, its okay, along using voltage control and CM10 JB4.1. Loving the Rooted phone, also got rid of few bloatwares that take up around 100mb of Ram®©

47. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Oh yeah, I think that's going to be my favorite part, aside of getting rid of Touchwiz for good. Getting all my memory back from that pesky bloatware.

3. imkyle

Posts: 1111; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Droid Razr HD should be super quick with Jellybean.

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Jelly Bean on the Razr M is fantastic. i pull 5500's on Quadrant.

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

My soon to be arriving Maxx HD and my current RAZR will both have it...nice. I think my Rezound is about to get sold.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If I had an upgrade available I'd be right there with you, trading my Rezound for a Razr HD. Oh well. Next summer there will be even more awesome phones to trade up to. :D

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