updated 07:38 am EDT, Mon May 21, 2012
Motorola issues statement on ICS omissions
Following its publication of an updated list of devices that will get an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update, Motorola has moved to explain its decision to omit certain devices. Many users were disappointed to learn that popular devices including the Droid X2 and Droid will not be getting an update the latest version of the Android OS. Instead, they will be left running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which was released in December, 2010.
Motorola issued the following statement on the matter:
‘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 was quick to rollout the update to ICS for its original Xoom Wi-Fi tablet in January, but the next round of updates won’t arrive until this quarter. The Xoom Wi-Fi plus 3G and the RAZR and RAZR MAXX will be next to get the upgrade. In the third quarter of the year, the Droid Xyboard 8.2, Droid Xyboard 10.1, Atrix 2, Atrix 4G, Droid 4, and Droid Bionic will receive their updates. Rounding out the ICS upgrade cycle will be the Photon 4G, which will get ICS towards the end of the year.
Droid X2 and Droid 3 users will get bug fixes, but little other joy. If users want to upgrade those handsets to ICS, they will have no choice but to try root their device and a find a compatible ICS ROM. While many users have succeeded in making the upgrade to ICS themselves, installing a custom ROM can be tricky and requires a certain level of technical competence. Users flashing their Android device have been known to brick their device when attempting custom ROM installations. However, the Google Play store offers a number of utilities that can reduce the risk of custom installs going wrong.