A few days ago, we told you that Google/Motorola decided not to update the Atrix 4G and Photon (Electrify) to Ice Cream Sandwich – both smartphones were released only last year. That was certainly a surprising move not because we haven’t seen it before, but because Motorola is now a Google subsidiary, and we would expect the Android maker to offer more support to its customers, especially when it comes to software upgrades.
Sure, Motorola is making amends with the crowds by offering $100 cash back when trading older devices that won’t be officially upgraded to Jelly Bean for newer Motorola handsets. But we have no idea whether the program also applies to handsets that will not get ICS either.
Not to mention that some Atrix / Photon owners may still be locked into a contract and therefore not ready to upgrade and take advantage of such a project.
Luckily, where there’s a will there’s a way, although we have no idea whether the following trick will work. xda-developers member Julian Fernandes has kickstarted a campaign to convince Google/Motorola to release whatever work was done for the Atrix and Photon on the software upgrade front, so developers can use it and create unofficial Ice Cream Sandwich and even Jelly Bean builds for the Atrix and Photon.
Here’s what the straightforward campaign – available at www.updatemymoto.com – says:
In 2012 Motorola announced an upgrade to our devices, Atrix and Photon, to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now they have changed their stance, leaving us with an outdated version of Android.
With this campaign, we are asking for a leak of what was been done already or a compatible Tegra 2 kernel for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. With these files, we can develop a working version ourselves.
You can help us to achieve that. Share this campaign in your blog, social network, show it to your friends or file a BBB complaint. Let’s grab Motorola’s attention!
Will the campaign work? Well, if it gets enough traction it just might. But will Google support such initiatives from developers?
What’s clear is that you can certainly help and spread out the word, especially if you’re one of the many Android users that has been annoyed at least once at their carriers and/or OEM makers for not upgrading a certain device past a certain Android version. What will you do?