Sunday, May 20, 2012

Motorola confirms: RAZR and RAZR Maxx to see ICS in Q2, Bionic, Droid 4 in Q3

Motorola Mobility has updated the Web page it uses to keep end users aware of upcoming ROM updates. It's one of the only Android OEMs to provide such detailed information to its customers.

The web page gives Motorola Mobility Android device owners more hope in terms of when and if their device will receive Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0, ICS). Until now, only one device, the Xoom wi-fi only tablet, has been updated to ICS, and only in the U.S. Xoom wi-fi only owners in Asia Pacific, Canada, China, EMEA, Japan and LATAM are still waiting, and according to the site, will receive ICS in Q2. Considering Q2 ends in 1 1/2 months, Motorola better get a move on.

Six devices are scheduled to receive ICS in Q2, in fact, including the aforementioned Xoom wi-fi tablet, outside of the U.S. Also slated for a Q2 delivery of ICS are the Motorola RAZR (globally) / RAZR Maxx (U.S.), the Xoom wi-fi+3G/4G (in the U.S.), the MT917 and XT928 (both in China).

Of those, the Xoom wi-fi+3G/4G is the furthest along, as it is in the Testing Phase, which is the last phase before a new ROM becomes available. All others are listed as in the Development Phase.

In Q3, the lucky owner list expands significantly. It will include the Droid 4 (U.S.), Droid Bionic (U.S.), Motorola Xoom Family Edition (U.S.), Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition (both Asia Pacific, EMEA, and LATAM), Atrix 4G (U.S.), Atrix 2 (Asia Pacific, LATAM, USA, and selected other markets), and the Droid XyBoard 8.2 and 10.1 tablets (U.S.).

Finally, in Q4, the Photon 4G will receive an update.

The rest of those devices that might receive an ICS update, and the word is "might" because they are in the Evaluation and Planning Phase, meaning an update has not yet been decided upon, are the Motorola Xoom wi-fi+3G (outside the U.S.), the Atrix (outside the U.S.), the Electrify (U.S.) and the Photon 4G (Japan).

Droid 3 and Droid X2 owners will surely be disappointed, as they were hoping for an ICS update but will not be receiving one. Meanwhile, some folks have been waiting for a long time as, for example, RAZR owners were told last year that the RAZR would be getting an early Q1 2012 update to ICS.

Bionic and Xoom owners were also among those who were told, right off the bat, that their devices would be receiving ICS, and except for the wi-fi Xoom, they are still waiting.

The full list, as noted above, is available here.

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