Oct 19 AT 10:11 AM Sean Riley 21 Comments

Motorola RAZR will be updated to Android 4.0 in early 2012

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Samsung will have a couple months to enjoy their time in the sun as the only manufacturer with Ice Cream Sandwich phones, but Motorola isn’t asleep at the wheel. They’ve announced their plans to bring Android 4.0 to their new flagship device “at the start of 2012.”

Alain Mutricy, Senior Vice President of Portfolio and Product Management at Motorola, made this statement to European press today which may indicate that this timeline is specifically for the European version of the RAZR. We can only hope that Verizon’s customizations and notoriously rigorous testing don’t hold up the Droid RAZR too long.

No word, unfortunately, on upgrades for the existing lineup. Hopefully they’ll feel the pressure to tell us something, since HTC has at least thrown us a bone on their Android 4.0 plans.

Via: Engadget

Source: Pocket-Lint

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 5 years and covering mobile for the last 6. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    Hopefully without stupid Motoblur or whatever they call it these days.

    • Motorola betrayal

      early 2012=summer

  • Sway_212

    It says that Samsung are going to be the only ones for a while with ICS phone’s’….has the release date for ICS on the galaxy SII been announced?

    • http://None CaribGrackle

      I’m guessing they mean the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Sorry, yes I meant the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. No word on the SGS2 yet.

  • Craz

    Like we haven’t heard that from Motorola before… “Buy our product and we’ll update it very soon… maybe… ok, probably not”

    • NrikeCalderon

      You have to remember that Google pretty much owns Motorola now.

      • http://None CaribGrackle

        Motorola Mobile that is, and yes that is true and now Motorola-users should have a better and faster chance to get those needed updates. I am hoping for this and to finally see what Google has to offer with the Motorola acquisition, other than the patents.

        • craz

          If they put blur (or whatever they want to call it), it will take a while.

  • Paul

    This would be an American release date, everyone outside America gets updates for the same device at least 3 months after America, & Motorola wonders why they are not as popular outside America.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      No, this is quite definitely the European release date. You guys are getting something first, embrace it!

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    It will be really sad if Motorola still doesn’t ship stock Android phone next year. If Google’s own hardware arm doesn’t believe in its own UI, how can they expect other OEMs to do the same. Motorola can customize their phones by providing apps. They don’t need to mess with the underlying system.

    • Say

      This has nothing to do with Google not believing in the UI. Typical manufacturers at work. Hell the Google-Motorola deal won’t even be finalized to something next year anyway.

  • BiGMERF

    i dont believe anything any manufacturer or carrier says…

    • http://None CaribGrackle

      We all have to learn. Sadly today I learned that no carrier in my country is planing on developing and implementing 4G networks in the near future, and that is something I can believe :/

  • johnny

    Oh how they forgot the Bionic already.

  • Rashad

    I’ll believe it when I see it. I expect multiple delays

  • Richard Yarrell

    Not to be mean to motorola but be honest what are they suppose to say. HTC made an announcement about updates now they make their announcement. Bottomline all manufacturers better get busy I do feel htc has the edge but does that mean they will be first to update there dualcore EVO 3D first??? I really hope so. Google needs to discuss how they plan to make the update paths better for all of us.

    • squiddy20

      “HTC made an announcement about updates now they make their announcement.”
      What you fail to realize is that HTC made a very broad, generalized statement. They said they were going “to determine our upgrade plans” while Motorola has specifically stated a phone and a rough time period for release.

  • Anderson

    I do not see how any phone manufacturer can release any new phone now without knowing that they will have to update the OS to ICS.
    mostly for knowing about moto devices updates and news i visit http://www.motoask.com