Motorola brings us up to date with Android upgrade schedule, DROID Bionic finally seeing ICS

September 23, 2012
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Motorola has been annoyingly silent when it comes to its Android upgrade schedule. As a result we’ve seen quite a bit of anger and frustration from Android users. Well, they’ve now broken the silence by releasing a refreshed upgrade schedule. While this is definitely good news, the information contained in the schedule may not be.

Taking the spotlight is the DROID Bionic. It was supposed to have its Ice Cream Sandwich update in Q3 of this year. Now Motorola is claiming that it will be a Q4 release instead. In addition, the DROID Xyboard 8.2 and XOOM Family Edition are also slated to receive ICS updates in Q4. While this is great, there are still some troubling facts about Motorola’s other phones. The Atrix, Atrix 2, Photon 4G and Electrify are all displaying a status of “Further Plans Coming Soon.” This is very disappointing as it appears these devices won’t be seeing ICS until at least next year, if at all.

While it’s no secret that Bionic owners have been left out in the cold, this news just comes as another hard blow. In fact, Motorola’s own executive has admitted that the company’s treatment of the handset has been less than ideal. But apparently, the same executive has stated that there is indeed a “plan” for the handset regarding future updates.

With all this buzz about Motorola’s update schedule, I find myself scratching my head. Why on earth is Motorola working so hard on getting ICS on these devices? By the time it’s actually released, it will be so outdated that people will immediately start itching for Jelly Bean. But still, progress is progress.

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