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.
Latest News from Motorola
- 04/06/12 - Android 4.0 update for the Motorola RAZR delayed as HTC Rezound update confirmed for today
The Best Buy leak proved to be either false optimism from Best Buy or a poorly timed April Fools joke.
- 03/31/12 - Motorola DROID RAZR and HTC Rezound Android 4.0 update scheduled for next week
A leaked screenshot from an internal Best Buy system pointed to the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX receiving their update on April 4th.
- 03/22/12 - AT&T is the first US wireless carrier to issue an Android 4.0 update, 10 more devices to be upgraded
AT&T issued their first official list of their devices that would be updated to Android 4.0. The Atrix 2 and the Atrix 4G were the two Motorola devices to make an appearance on that list.
- 02/20/12 - A closer look at Motorola’s Android 4.0.3 build for the Verizon DROID RAZR
A leaked build of Android 4.0.3 for the DROID RAZR provides a tantalizing glimpse of the future for Moto handset owners.
- 01/18/12 - US Motorola XOOM WiFi-only tablets receive Android 4.0 update
Becoming the first Motorola device with Android 4.0, the US XOOM WiFi-only tablet started receiving its delicious update during January. It is a bit simpler for Motorola to do this, as it has no UI overlay, and the manufacturer does not have to go through a carrier to get the updates out.
- 12/07/11 - Motorola details their 4-step updating process
Soon after Google released the source code for Android 4.0, Motorola decided to go ahead and let us know how things work (on their side). This explains why updates can take a good amount of time before reaching the consumer, and is a great way to get an idea of how they make it to your devices.
- 10/24/11 - Motorola promises Android 4.0 updates to be released 6 weeks after Google’s release
Aiming a bit too high, Motorola promises that updates would start being rolled out 6 weeks after Google releases the Android 4.0 OS. Most devices still haven’t received the update, and won’t for a while, so it is evident that Motorola was overestimating its abilities.
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)