Motorola Announces Ice Cream Sandwich Updates, But Not Really

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Motorola has been kind enough to provide us with a timeline for when it’s devices will be getting the much anticipated update to Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”…sort of. Motorola has indeed updated their timetable as of today, but readers will notice that many of their latest devices carry a very nebulous “Further details to follow” status, which more or less translates to “We don’t really know.” Worse, the devices that do list a date for the ICS rollout are either in Q2 or Q3 of this year, considerably later than originally anticipated.

The release timetable for the most popular devices (in the US, at least) is as follows:

Q2 2012 Devices

  • XOOM (WiFi)
  • XOOM (Family Edition)

Q3 2012 Devices

  • ATRIX
  • ATRIX 2
  • PHOTON
  • XYBOARD (8.2)
  • XYBOARD (10.1)

To Be Determined

  • DROID 3
  • DROID 4
  • DROID BIONIC
  • DROID RAZR
  • DROID RAZR MAXX
  • DROID X2
  • DROID XYBOARD (8.2)
  • DROID XYBOARD (10.1)

The takeaway here is that, if you’re on Verizon and own a Motorola device, you may be screwed. With nearly every Motorola-made DROID being listed as “TBD”, it’s not looking good for some of the exclusively available devices such as the DROID 4 and DROID RAZR MAXX. The DROID RAZR was promised an ICS upgrade in the first months of 2012 when it was announced, and to slip from there to an undetermined status is sure to aggravate early adopters who may have choose the RAZR over the Galaxy Nexus believing they would be on even footing before too long.

While this is bad news no matter how you look at it, it may be some consolation to know that community developed Android ROMs such as CyanogenMod will almost certainly have ICS running on a few of these devices before Motorola gets around to it, and will likely even have ICS running on devices which Motorola has abandoned at Gingerbread (or even Froyo), such as the DROID 2 and DROID X.


Tom Nardi

Tom is a Network Engineer with focus on GNU/Linux and open source software. He is a frequent submitter to "2600", and maintains a personal site of his projects and areas of research at: www.digifail.com .

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