Motorola Details How Devices Will Get Upgraded To Android 4.0

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]

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.