May 21 AT 7:28 PM Sean Riley 30 Comments

Official Motorola Android 4.0 update list – May


It’s been a few months since we last checked in with the official Android 4.0 update list for Motorola, and in light of recent changes to that list (as well as comments from Motorola on the Android 4.0 update, which we will get to in a moment) it seemed like a good time for a status update.

Will my device be updated?

Motorola has perhaps been the most candid and comprehensive of the major manufacturers when it comes to their Android upgrade process. They outlined their 4-step updating process for everyone back in December and have pretty dutifully maintained the device update page found in their forums.

Unfortunately this has not translated into being the most expedient in actually delivering upgrades to their customers’ devices. To date, the only device that has received its update to Android 4.0 is the WiFi-only XOOM (and only the versions in the US or Canada at that). All other devices remain in either the Development, Evaluation & Planning or Testing phases.

Now, as previously mentioned, there was a blog post from Motorola in the last few days which was designed to make clear why some devices won’t be getting Android 4.0.

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.Motorola

I know that statement has some people riled up and it’s always irritating to hear that your device won’t be upgraded, but I think it’s a fairly reasonable position. Now, if they start pulling the update plug on popular devices that have the specs to support the next OS, then I’ll pick up a torch and join the angry villagers.

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Motorola devices that have Android 4.0

  • Motorola XOOM WiFi-Only (USA, Canada)

Motorola devices that will receive Android 4.0 during Q2

  • Motorola XOOM WiFi-Only (Asia Pacific, China, EMEA, Japan & LATAM)
  • Motorola XOOM (Verizon)
  • Motorola RAZR (Asia Pacific, Canada, China, EMEA, Japan, Korea & LATAM)
  • Motorola DROID RAZR (Verizon)
  • Motorola DROID RAZR Maxx (Verizon)
  • Motorola MT917 (China)
  • Motorola XT928 (China)

Motorola devices that will receive Android 4.0 during Q3

  • Motorola Atrix 4G (USA)
  • Motorola Atrix 2 (Asia-Pacific, LATAM, USA, and selected other markets)
  • Motorola XOOM Family Edition (USA)
  • Motorola XOOM 2 (Asia Pacific, EMEA, and LATAM)
  • Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition (Asia Pacific, EMEA, and LATAM)
  • Motorola Xyboard 8.2 (USA)
  • Motorola Xyboard 10.1 (USA)
  • Motorola DROID Bionic (Verizon)
  • Motorola DROID 4 (Verizon)
  • Motorola DROID Xyboard 8.2 (Verizon)
  • Motorola DROID Xyboard 10.1 (Verizon)

Motorola devices that will receive Android 4.0 during Q4

  • Motorola Photon 4G (USA)

Phones under evaluation and planning: Might or might not get update, no estimated dates

  • Motorola Atrix/Atrix 4G (Asia Pacific, EMEA and LATAM)
  • Motorola Electrify (USA)
  • Motorola Photon 4G (Japan)
  • Motorola XOOM WiFi + 3G (Asia Pacific, EMEA and LATAM)

Motorola devices that will NOT get updated to Android 4.0

  • Motorola Admiral
  • Motorola Charm
  • Motorola DROID 3
  • Motorola DROID X2
  • Motorola Flipout
  • Motorola Milestone A854/A953
  • Motorola Milestone XT720/XT701/XT711
  • Motorola XT605
  • Motorola XT615 / XT685 / MOTOLUXE
  • Motorola XT882
  • Motorola MT870
  • Motorola Milestone 3
  • Motorola Milestone X2
  • Motorola Pro+
  • Motorola Devour
  • Motorola Cliq XT
  • Motorola i1
  • Motorola Dext
  • Motorola Quench MB501/XT5 XT502/XT3 XT502
  • Motorola Defy Mini
  • Motorola Defy MB525 (Europe & MEA)
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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  • Jayshmay

    Too many problems with original Droid! Touch screen would act wacky while charging,
    keys came loose on the keyboard, no thank you to Motorola!!!

  • KRS_Won

    Knowing I’ll (hopefully) receive my ICS upgrade by the end of next month, coupled with the fact that Verizon says the next update will unlock the global GSM radios in it, make me look forward to my plans of traveling abroad with my own phone and only having to buy a prepaid SIM card once I’m overseas. =)

  • matt

    Im glad Motorola is getting good at informing customers that care about thier phones being updated.Thay have come a long way recently in my opinion.

  • Bpear96

    God d@mn it motoroloa!!, you said Q2 for the Motorola XOOM Family Edition (USA) update, now you pushed it back to Q3… I won a family edition from android and me!! (thanks again :D ) and gave it to my mom for Christmas !

    • Sean Riley

      Quite a few devices slipped back a quarter for their update rollout. It does seem a bit surprising considering they haven’t exactly been busy launching new devices, but on the bright side the update is still coming.

  • BigCiX

    Droid 3 is getting the middle finger!

  • Christopher Chavez

    I LOVE Angie’s graphics! :D (Just sayin’)

    • Angie Wimberly

      Aw, thanks buddy :)

  • fletchtb

    I really feel bad for all the Droid 3 and Droid X2 owners out there. I think they bought a phone that they believed would be upgraded in the future, but they are really being left out in the cold.

    I also can’t believe that Moto hasn’t upgraded any phones to ICS yet. What happened to 6 weeks after ICS was delivered???

    Even though my Verizon Galaxy Nexus hasn’t hadn’t update yet (hopefully 4.0.4 tomorrow), that is nothing compared to the folks that bough a RAZR variant.

    Hopefully, the turnaround time on upgrades for Moto hardware improves once Google seals the deal on the purchase.

  • tagstar

    Can we assume Droid-X will not be getting ICS?

    • Aaron_301

      Sadly yes.

  • Goophone y5

    It is a good news for me!

  • mipd1980

    Man I loved Motorola back in the day. I had all the Moto Nextels in the span of 5 years and before that I rocked the Motorola StarTAC and Talkabout for a good while. Kinda Glad I went with HTC and Samsung when Android hit the market. Never liked the DROID Series for some reason. maybe now that Google bought Moto I can get back on the bandwagon.

  • pekosROB

    It’s taking Moto up to a year from release (Nov-Dec 2011) of ICS to get it on their devices? 8 months for many devices like the Atrix 2? Geez Moto, y’all need to hurry it up.

    • Richard Yarrell

      +100…Motorola should’ve brought Verizon they are made for eachother. They both suck.

      • squiddy20

        Says the moron who bought a *Verizon* Galaxy Nexus “day one” despite saying for years how “Verizon sucks rotten eggs” or how Sprint was “shitting on” Verizon. Stupid hypocrite.

  • Jason

    This pretty much puts the nail in the coffin for me with Android phones. So maybe the Photon didn’t sell well, but I’ve been happy with it. So a reasonable mind would ask, if I’ve been happy why am I getting upset? To be honest, it doesn’t even boil down to wanting the latest and greatest or a certain feature, it’s about customer service. It’s about standing behind your product. It’s not just the manufacturers or just the telecoms. It’s both of them being so focused on coming up with a device to beat the iPhone that they forget they need customers to buy them.
    I just need Sprint to come out with a good windows phone and it’s over.

    • spazby

      i have photon right now but will go nexus route when i am eligible…

  • Coltsfan74

    Not much time left in Q2. Still not convinced ICS will land on my RAZR. Will believe when I see it.

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  • aranea

    I wish with google’s acquisition we would be getting the vanilla Android instead of the blur but unfortunately we won’t. That’s assuming motorola can send the upgrades. They were expecting first half and GB took 7+ months to get to Atrix. Now they are projecting Q3 so I think that means it will be coming towards the end of the year with the expected extra delays. By then I will be ready to buy a new phone anyway. And unless google starts producing one high-end device with vanilla android and nexus like upgrades it won’t be motorola.

  • Ron T.

    I have a XOOM WiFi only, purchased new August 2011 through Amazon. Still V3.2 with the following Firmware: GAS_NA_HUBBLEWIFICANADA_P009. I check at least twice a day and only get the message: “Your device is up to date!”

    Any chance I will ever get ICS? Who can I contact to determine why I can’t get the upgrade? I get updates to all my apps on the Xoom.

    My last electronics purchase from Amazon. I live in the U.S. and thought Amazon would be a reliable supplier of U.S. products. Guess I was wrong.

    • Ron T.

      Newsflash! ICS 4.03 SUCCESSFULLY downloaded to my Xoom WiFi this morning (5/24/12)!

  • Benjamin Mitchell

    My 2cents. I love my Atrix 4g. I purchased as soon as it was released (even got the crazy expensive lapdock). The phone was a little bit buggy when I first got it – but not terrible. I like the webtop – but I don’t love it. It was poorly executed. I’m hoping the new webtop in ICS (basically tablet view) will be better as it will allow access to all the apps that we’ve come to love – the only concern is that the controls might be hodgy podgy since it will be mouse/keyboard driven versus touch. As for the wait – 6-8 months to develop, test and deploy the updated OS is in my opinion a fair turn around time for such a massive update. So even if it is the end of Q3 – I’m okay waiting.

    Ben Mitchell

  • Victor M

    so what about this great phone TRIUMPH WX435

  • leeds

    when there will be update for motorola atrix for european version?I’m using Android 2.3 and I wanna update to 4.0 or 4.4

  • Виталий

    Здравствуйте. Хочу обновить программное обеспечение на мотороле XT928, а обновления нет. Оно вообще когда-нибудь будет? Спасибо.

    • Константин

      Привет! У меня такой же аппарат, но немного в другом корпусе – MT917. Похоже, дальше 4.0.4 дело не пойдёт. Я обновлялся неофицииальной прошивкой на 4.1.2, но он начал подвисать, так что я аернулся на штатную 4.0.4. Надоест – придётся переходить на Moto X

  • Mike

    I’m offended that the Milestone 3 is on the NOT list. I’m a big fan of my phone but would like to put the latest software on it. It’s getting harder and harder for those of us who want a gosh dang qwerty keyboard.

  • raju meena

    hi,i want update my cell mb525 deffy.plz tell me trick.