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

Motorola makes it official: No ICS for Motorola ATRIX 4G, Motorola Electrify and Motorola PHOTON 4G
Last week, we told you that Motorola had changed some of the information on its software update page. We focused in on four models where Motorola had changed the outlook from a Q3 update to Android 4.0 to "Further plans coming soon". The four phones involved were the Motorola ATRIX 2, Motorola ATRIX 4G, Motorola PHOTON 4G and the Motorola Electrify.

Of the four phones, the Motorola ATRIX 2 is now scheduled to be updated to Android 4.0 sometime in the fourth quarter. The actual rollout could be earlier than expected as the device is already undergoing a soak test and a leaked screenshot of the "About Phone" page shows the handset getting Android 4.0.4. So for those of you rocking the Motorola ATRIX 2, we say congratulations.

Owners of the other three models are going to have what little ember of hope they had for Ice Cream Sandwich, snuffed out by the manufacturer. Motorola has once again updated its software upgrade page and it now says that the Motorola ATRIX 4G, the Motorola Electrify and the Motorola PHOTON 4G will each remain on Android 2.3.

It's been a confusing ride for owners of some Motorola devices. Hopefully the Android 4.1 update will allow Motorola to start fresh and disseminate solid information about its future intentions.

source: Motorola

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81 Comments

1. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

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

2. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

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

78. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

11. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 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

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

32. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

45. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

36. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

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

44. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

59. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

74. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 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 :)

3. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Wow, that's just poor support.

6. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

35. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

50. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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

52. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

56. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

7. drum009

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 23, 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 :)

53. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

76. drum009

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 23, 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! :)

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

70. Mr_Carter2

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

77. drum009

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

8. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

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

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

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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