Motorola Won’t Update Its Devices To Android 4.0 If It’s Too Much Of A Hassle And Won’t Improve The Device

We mentioned recently that Motorola updated its timeline for when some of its premium devices would get ICS— even though you know, it was first found in December 2011. If you own a smartphone or tablet such as the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX, Atrix 4G or XYBOARD series of tablets, then you have a lot to look forward to– starting next month. On the other hand, devices like the DROID 3 and DROID X2 were left out of the exclusive Android 4.0 club, despite being released within the past 12-15 months as well. Motorola certainly ruffled more than a few feathers as many owners of those devices were furious. MOTO took some time and elaborated on why devices such as those won’t be getting the coveted update:

“You may be wondering why all devices aren’t being upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here’s the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update. And, obviously we want the new release to improve our devices. If we determine that can’t be done—well then, we’re not able to upgrade that particular device.

Happy upgrading”!

To sum everything up: if it’s too much of a hassle going into the R&D as well as the cost of updating a device, MOTO won’t even bother trying to update– especially if it knows ICS won’t improve the device. Definitely a bummer I know folks, especially as the DROID 3 and DROID X2 had a poorly timed release, but is more than capable of handling the update. While you all won’t be tasting MOTO-infused ICS, all is not lost for those owners. There’s always the act of rooting and flashing a custom ROM which can definitely suffice and even prolong the life of your smartphone. Here’s hoping MOTO doesn’t leave a sour taste in the mouth for owners of devices not receiving the update.

source: Inside Motorola Blog

About the Author: Roy Alugbue

Conceived as Spock’s 4th cousin, Roy has had quite the life. He was born in beautiful San Jose, California, raised in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the greater New York City area. He has always been fascinated and obsessed with technology, especially the continuous advancements of mobile platforms. He was a Blackberry slave since his undergrad days at the University of Southern California until realizing in Feb. 2011, there were greener pastures in the land of Android. His first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G, and he hasn’t looked back. He currently works in corporate media, enjoys following media and technology trends, reading a good book, weightlifting, playing on his XBOX 360 and conversing with total strangers.

  • Al Chandler

    This is why I got the Galaxy Nexus from Google Play.

  • fixxmyhead

    Good thing I have never bought any Motorola garbage phones

  • Brunswick

    I have a RAZR so I’m pumped. However, it will in all likely hood be my last Motorola device. They’re a bunch of douche bags. And as if ICS wouldn’t improve those other devices. I have it on my Nexus S and it’s drastically better than gingerbread. Not only is Motorola a bunch of douche bags, but I guess they’re a bunch of lazy cunts too.

  • Devin

    Won’t be buying any moto products in the future.

  • Mamoon Noorestani

    When will Moto be launching Android 4.0 smartphones instead of releasing updates to their current smartphones very late. I won’t be buying a Moto smartphone for 1 1/2 or, 2 1/2 years.

  • nory826

    Its ashamed too, by the time moto actually updates the devices deemed” upgradeable ” to ICS, Google will be just about ready to release Jellybean…

  • Jeff Pilgram

    also, it’s impossible to flash a custom ROM on any Moto device with 2.x since they locked the bootloaders, THANKS MOFO!

    • raitchison

       Thankfully the original Atrix is a notable exception to that.

  • raitchison

    If Motorola wants to “improve” the devices the easiest thing to do is get rid of BLUR.