So which Motorola phones are getting Jelly Bean?

So which Motorola phones are getting Jelly Bean?
It has been some time since we last checked in on Motorola's updating schedule. The wholly owned Google subsidiary has the Android community eagerly awaiting the first Motorola device built using input from Google. This means that the focus has not really been on Motorola's older models and has been on the Motorola X. Meanwhile there still is a large group of Motorola owners awaiting their update so that they can enjoy the smooth as silk scrolling of Project Butter and Google Now. The latter gives users important information like traffic updates, sports scores and weather. Unlike other voice activated personal assistants, Google Now sends out the info you need, when you need it. For example, you can arrange to have traffic information sent to you during breakfast each morning, alerting you if there is a delay on your commute to the office.

The new Motorola support page asks you to select the carrier or retailer that you bought your phone from, and then select which device you own. For Verizon, the Motorola DROID RAZR is expected to be updated to Android 4.1 some time this quarter, along with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. Other phones like the Motorola DROID BIONIC and the Motorola DROID 4 will receive the update, but no date is mentioned. Also waiting for the update is the Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE (on Sprint) and the Motorola XOOM LTE. A decision has yet to be made on whether or not the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.2 and Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 tablets will receive the update.

The new set-up allows you to leave your email address with Motorola to get notified when your device is about to receive a new update, and if you access the page from your phone, Motorola will let you know if your handset is running the most up-to-date build of the OS. Motorola has not been known as the quickest to update its models, but that might be changing. The manufacturer was quick to update its latest flagship devices, the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD, with Android 4.1. It seems that with the special relationship Motorola has with Google, future updates should continue to be quick.

source: Motorola via AndroidCentral



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Don't see it happening anytime soon. Verizon is the worst carrier at pushing updates to it's phones. The Droid 4 won't see it until after June.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wouldn't necessarily say Motorola is better.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

What the hell are you talking about? He's talking about a phone carrier accepting updates in a timely manner.

5. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Mxyzptlk is saying Motorola sucks at pushing updates. Im stuck with the awful Motorola Photon...

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well they do. Many 2011 phones got shafted a few months ago.

22. metalpoet unregistered

yeah my droid 3 has been forgotten so i purchased a gs3 instead and now i have jellybean

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Photon was Sprint's least buggiest phone during it's time. most Sprint customers would probably tell you it was the best option at the time.

15. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

What are you smoking?? I sell Sprint and that's a lie my friend. I have the Photon and its very buggy. I wish I had a Samsung or HTC.

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

xD then why did you get it in the first place? the E4GT had more bugs than a rain forest and the other comparable device, the EVO 3D wasn't really buggy exactly but it was weak and laggy for sure.

20. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I agree on the Evo 3D for sure. I got it because it was in sale and had a micro hdmi port. Which I never used... lol

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. I worked with a guy who used to have a photon and it was very buggy

21. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

Excuse me? The known issue list on the photon had 27 open issues before it reached eol. As of now its 23. There were a multitude of issues. I was an in store tech when these were popular. if you need to I can give a run down of the issues. But the antenna was 100% perfect.

23. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

if the Photon had 27 open issues than the E4GT must have had like 40.

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Droid 3, X2, Photon, Atrix (2), all won't be updated. The X2, Photon, and Atrix all had Tegra 2, so that's understandable. I can only think of 2 devices with Tegra 2 devices that were updated past 2.3, there is a reason for that. The Droid 3 is a Bionic with half the RAM and a keyboard. The lack of RAM might be why Motorola decided to skip the Droid 3 with the update. The Atrix 2 not getting the update was probably an order of AT&T, not Motorola; considering the Atrix 2 = Bionic in terms of hardware, and the Bionic is getting updated. I don't see any other devices with less than 1 GB of RAM and Tegra 2 getting updated. 1 GB of RAM and a 1 GHz TI OMAP 4430 is the standard for Jelly Bean I guess, and only a handful of 2011 Motorola devices meet than standard. The problem isn't Motorola not updating their devices, the problem is Motorola released too many devices with the same specs that couldn't get updated. The Photon and Atrix had the Tegra 2 which couldn't get updated, but had RAM to support it; the Droid 3 has the CPU but lacks the RAM to support Jelly Bean; the Droid X2 has both problems, having the Tegra 2 and lacking RAM.

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

ah Bezerk my friend, i can sure count on you to already be on posts with the comments i was about to make. xD the RAM is in fact the reason the Droid 3 didn't get updated. Hashcode explained it on his blog. it has to do with the kernel only being mapped out for 1GB of RAM and Motorola would've had to do more than they thought it was worth to make it ICS ready. luckily the dev community never cares. there's stable CM9 and CM10 builds out there for it.

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm just doing my best to spread logical and rational arguments around PA. A man's job is never done, however... That's what I've always loved about Android, if you are one of the unlucky few to get a device that can't be supported anymore, more than likely there's a XDA forum holding just what you need.

9. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Back off Troll! My RAZR is getting JellyBean and whips my iToy iPhone 4s, Moto released updates for the Droid 1 past the two year mark, that's all one can ask for. If a device didn't get an upgrade (Droid 3 comes to mind) That means they felt it couldn't handle it. And I'm no blind fan like you are Moto F#@*ED up on the Droid X 2 and the Bionic (a little bit) Honestly if I bought the bionic I probably wouldn't be a Moto fan right now. But I got the RAZR, and it has been awesome since day 1. GO SUCK AN APPLE!

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I just find it odd how you're bagging on Motorola for not updating devices when they're doing much better than Sony, who just floods the market with devices and has no intention of updating them. Sony released 22 devices in 2012 alone, 2 of which are still on GB, and only 2 are on Jelly Bean. Meaning there are 18 Sony devices released in 2012 that are still on ICS and probably won't see JB, and they just completely ditched their 2011 lineup on ICS. Meanwhile, Motorola has updated their entire 2012 lineup to JB (aside from the Photon Q, but I think that's Sprint's fault), is officially updating 4 of their 2011 devices to JB, and only left behind 5 devices; 4 of which don't have the hardware to support it, and 1 (the Atrix 2) was probably carrier cancelled and was not Motorola's decision. And 2 of their tablets are awaiting confirmation, but they're pretty much in. So there are 18 Sony devices on ICS from 2012, maybe 6 of which will see JB, and none of their 2011 devices will see JB. Meanwhile, all but one of Motorola's main 2012 lineup are on JB, and 6 of their 2011 lineup are in line for JB, only leaving 5 behind. Yes, Motorola kind of screwed their early 2011 lineup with some bad hardware choices, but that's out of their control now. Motorola is the Saint of Updates when compared to Sony. Let's not even get started on LG.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Very true, look at their Galaxy Nexus. I could care less for the 2 Verizon apps that they had on it but the fact it took months just to get a single update was unacceptable.

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think i'll show a little more faith in the considering how fast they got it out to the Razr M and the HD variants. the Razr M was one of the first devices aside from the Nexus family to receive the update in fact. i've never even had to experience ICS on the M or the HD. i think they need to hurry up with the Photon Q's update though. there's no excuse for the delay in updating it unless Sprint is being a factor.

7. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Well, this is some good news...waiting for my JB update on my Droid Razr. I told myself that after this phone, I was going only use Nexus phone from here on out...but now Moto caught my attention with the X phone.....damn you Moto.

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

xD why don't you flash the leak?

18. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I thought about it. Still not 100% comfortable messing with it. I play around with my old Samsung Captivate and I have it rooted and Flashed with 4.2. But, if I brick it, it's not that big of a deal. Also, I read a good bit that the leak has bug issue.

24. kingjr243

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

By the time my Bionic gets this update I'll have another phone.

25. Jurdiales

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

I want 4.2 on my RAZR i XT890

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

not my crappy Atrix. I'm done with Motorola not even going to buy their rumor GOOGLE X phone when it's going to BE ONLY FOR VERIZON SCREW U MOTOROLA

27. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I hate that my droid RAZR has a locked boot loader, but, I love having JB on my phone. Mine have has had it for months now.

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

AOKP officially supports the Razr as of their latest 4.2 build DESPITE the locked bootloader. it just goes to show how insignificant something like that can really be given the right amount of effort.

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