So you’re like me and own a Motorola device, but are wondering how Moto plans on upgrading the respective devices? Great– because you’re in for a treat. The fine folks at Motorola Mobility took some time out and detailed the extensive process and steps needed before releasing upgrades. This explanation is specifically aimed at those of you who have purchased a MOTO device within the last 10 or so months expecting to receive that sweet, sweet new treat. Among the steps needed are getting the source code, merging it with its existing frameworks, bug-testing, getting carrier certification, doing an initial pre-release with some of us in the real world (aka the “soak test”) and finally, releasing the upgrade.
Ok, many of you are thinking that’s fine and all– but which specific devices will be upgraded to ICS? We have a funny feeling that Google’s new involvement with MOTO will certainly impact Android 4.0’s development on MOTO devices– for the better, of course. As it stands, the most recent premium devices such as the DROID RAZR, XOOM tablet and DROID BIONIC are on the short list at this time. Don’t fret though– the list is ever-growing and they even state they “will provide more precise guidance on timing after post-public push of Ice Cream Sandwich by Google, as well as any possible additions to this list of devices“. That means that owners of Motorola devices— specifically ‘premium’ devices purchased in the past 10 months or so should see their device on tap for an ICS upgrade at some point in the coming year.
[via Motorola Mobility Blog]