Motorola adds more phones to ICS upgrade list

Motorola adds more phones to ICS upgrade list
Motorola updated its master “Android Software Upgrade News” chart today, and the news is…mixed. The good news is that they added several phones to the list of guarantied ICS updates. Owners of the Motorola Photon 4G, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2, and the Electrify will all be getting a helping of Ice Cream Sandwich deliver as an OTA update some time…this year.

And that brings us to the not so good news. Verizon's phones are still being "evaluated", despite the fact that ICS information and even screen shots have leaked for the Droid RAZR and the Droid Bionic. And for those phones with official timelines, it looks like Motorola’s December announcement that they planned to update their current phones “in the next 4-6 months” may have been overly optimistic. Except for the WiFi “Google Experience” version of the Xoom, it appears that we are looking at Q2-Q3 for most Motorola devices to see some creamy Android 4.0 goodness sent their way.

This perhaps shouldn’t be a surprise; Motorola’s recent comments on the difficulty of adapting ICS to hardware other than the reference SoC found in the Galaxy Nexus probably foreshadowed this prolonged timeline. Their comments didn’t fully square with our understanding of the process, but at the least it seems that Motorola has been having some difficulty in getting ICS prepped for other phones for weeks now.

At this rate Motorola’s new ICS handset, which we expect to be announced at MWC, may launch before any of their 2011 handsets are upgraded. Indeed, phones getting the update in Q3 may be just in time to see the next version of Android get released. Here’s hoping that Google’s pending acquisition of Motorola will lead to a sea change in how quickly these updates get out the door to end users.

source: Motorola via Droid-Life

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63 Comments

1. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

At least both Atrix phones will be getting it now. Shame I had too many IMAP issues and vanishing apps claimed to be on SD Card with my Atrix 2. Better IMAP an dless issues would have made it a great phone...Super Amoled + even better, but at least it wasn't Pentile.

23. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

If I were you, I would get a better phone.

26. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Yeah, just don't downgrade to an iPhone. Haha, he doesn't even have the ATRIX 2 anymore... Anyways, the ATRIX 2 is a great phone, but I'm having minor GPS issues, but that's it. I'm really glad that its getting ICS like I knew it would. Some fag at xda-developers was just swearing it wouldn't, and convincing some gullible retards, but I had faith in Motorola!

2. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 2011

I wish they would update the Bionic and the Razr already.

3. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

if 2 dozen independent developers could port ICS onto my ventana tegra 2 g2x without any help from nvidia or lg than Moto has absolutely no excuse why they cant put ICS on every OMAP device.

25. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

You didn't consider those independent developers didn't have to deal with google and carriers aproval. Plus they have to skin ics something devolpers don't. If you look at unskinned phones the updates are fast. Plus moto has alot of other things they are working on.

33. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

? my point was that motorola has infintely more resources than developers. moto says the problem is that the chipsets are too different. well independent developers have ported ics onto every major chipset. so why cant moto put ics on devices with the same chipset as the GNEX? also the developers have made about half a dozen different themes and kangs for my device already, so building skins isnt a valid excuse.

34. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

The chip sets aren't the problem michael h said so it was a lame excuse. The problem is carrier approval and skins. Building a skin on a new platform is time consiling and is a valid excise.

38. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, it's a different story all the time. nobody wants to paint anybody in a bad light that's holding them by their pockets.

39. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Android really needs to take some control back from the carriers and maybe we could see more faster updates.

4. gubbels214

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

So glad they included the original atrix i was afraid it would get lost in the fray of the Atrix 2. heck the atrix has better specs then the 2

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

actually the 2 is more powerful. why would they have made it if it wasn't? xD

5. smdeezy

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

If they already gave the Xoom ICS the Photon should be next in line. The specs are exactly the same!

6. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

? no they are not. the xoom uses the harmony tegra2 while the photon uses the ventana tegra2.

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

uhhh...tablet and phone version? xD

21. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

uhhh... different GPU? xD

37. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i didn't know Nvidia made such changes to the Tegra II. o:

40. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I didn't know that either. However a sliglty different gpu is no reason not to give the photon ics.smdeezys point still stand. I would like to hear what remixfa has to say on these proccesor differences.

41. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's probably like the difference between an OMAP4430 and a 4460. not that different. o:

42. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah its no biggie, I was just replying to the guy claiming that they have exactly the same specs.

43. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh sorry. I stay in chrono. xD

7. maxkobi

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

let me try to translate what moto means >>> "its really hard to add BLUR to ICS" haha

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

FINALLY MY ATRIX is listed. thought we were left out including others. It's always Verizon gets the updates first which is unfair

20. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

Actually if i read it correctly the atnt/sprint atrix/2/photon are all in development where the verizon handsets are still one step behind in the evaluation stage, so seems to me that the new verizon handsets will get updated after the others

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, I saw this news a little earlier. It made me really happy. :) I mean, Q3 could mean as early as summer, but even with Moto's past reputation, the latest we're probably looking at is September. So maybe about 7 months from now. As I said before, I don't mind waiting as long as I know that I'm getting something at the other end.

27. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Why would you get a thumbs down for this comment...

44. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Does it have a thing to do with you?

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it better be sooner rather than later for my Razr like March-April soon.

13. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

yessssss yesssss

14. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

I am also a bit surprised that the droid x2 and the droid 3 are not on this list... but as has been made clear it is an continuously developing process and they still could be

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