Motorola: Droid Razr and Razr Maxx getting ICS in the next six weeks. What about other devices?

by: Bams SadewoMay 19, 2012

Droid RAZR Maxx

We were about to lose hope to see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on Moto devices in a relatively timely manner. But just now,  Motorola has decided to update its support page to let owners know about the lengthy process that it has to go through before it can roll out ICS. We know you’re not too keen to know the gritty details, so to keep things short, ICS is indeed coming to several Moto devices soon, while some just aren’t lucky.

According to the latest Motorola guidance on Ice Cream Sandwich availability, the Motorola Droid Razr and the Razr Maxx will be the first two Moto phones in the US to receive the ICS update, which the company plans to roll out in the second quarter of the year. Owners of the 3G variant of the Motorola Xoom should also receive the ICS update around the same time.

As for the Motorola Atrix 2, Atrix 4G, Droid 4, Droid Bionic, and the Droid Xyboard tablets (8.2 and 10.1 models), the ICS upgrade roll out is expected to begin in the third quarter of the year. The last on the list is the Motorola Photon 4G, which will only receive ICS in Q4 2012. Motorola is still deciding on whether to make the update available for the Electrify or not.

Devices that Motorola said will not get ICS include the Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid 3, Droid Pro, Droid X2, and the list goes on and on.  Check out the link above if you want to see the full list, which details the ICS roll out schedule not only for US folks, but for other regions as well.

What do you think about Motorola’s latest ICS timeline update? Better late than never, right?

Device Name


Current Phase

Expected Timing

MOTOROLA XOOMWiFi OnlyUSAAvailableRollout began in January 2012.
DROID RAZRUSADevelopmentRollout begins in Q2 2012.
DROID RAZR MAXXUSADevelopmentRollout begins in Q2 2012.
MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi OnlyAsia Pacific, Canada, China, EMEA, Japan &  LATAMDevelopmentRollouts begin in Q2 2012.
MOTOROLA RAZRAsia Pacific, Canada, China, EMEA, Japan, Korea & LATAMDevelopmentRollouts begin in Q2 2012.
MT917ChinaDevelopmentRollout begins in Q2 2012.
XT928ChinaDevelopmentRollout begins in Q2 2012.
MOTOROLA XOOM WiFI + 3G MZ600USATestingRollout begins in Q2 2012.
DROID XYBOARD 8.2USADevelopmentRollout begins in early Q3 2012.
DROID XYBOARD 10.1USADevelopmentRollout begins in early Q3 2012.
ATRIX 2Asia-Pacific, LATAM, USA, and selected other marketsDevelopmentRollouts begin in Q3 2012.
ATRIX 4G MB860USADevelopmentRollout begins in Q3 2012.
DROID 4USADevelopmentRollout begins in Q3 2012.
DROID BIONICUSADevelopmentRollout begins in early Q3 2012.
MOTOROLA XOOM 2Asia Pacific, EMEA, and LATAMDevelopmentRollouts begin in Q3 2012.
MOTOROLA XOOM 2 Media EditionAsia Pacific, EMEA, and LATAMDevelopmentRollouts begin in Q3 2012.
MOTOROLA XOOM Family EditionUSADevelopmentRollout begins in Q3 2012.
MOTOROLA XYBOARD 8.2USADevelopmentRollout begins in Q3 2012.
MOTOROLA XYBOARD 10.1USADevelopmentRollout begins in Q3 2012.
PHOTON 4GUSADevelopmentRollout begins in Q4 2012.
ATRIX / ATRIX 4G MB860/MB861/ME860Asia Pacific, EMEA and LATAMEvaluation & PlanningFurther details to follow.
ELECTRIFYUSAEvaluation & PlanningFurther details to follow.
PHOTON 4GJapanEvaluation & PlanningFurther details to follow.
MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi + 3GAsia Pacific, EMEA and LATAMEvaluation & PlanningFurther details to follow.
  • Jaysann22

    Motorola sucks with their updates. Not only are they severely delayed but they’re always loaded with bugs. Motorola owners…. Brace yourselves.

  • Jaja

    The photon don’t get ICS until 4Q…. nice knowing you moto it was fun while it lasted. HTC here I come.

    • Bentgrimes

      As someone who just switched to Moto from HTC… dont expect anything better with HTC. My Droid incredible only got 1 update before it was tossed aside. I just think mobile phone developers would rather create a new compatable device than try to update their existiing hardware. It is not in their best interest for you to keep the same phone for a very long time.

  • Chriski333

    Man this is bullshit I have the original droid x. Two damn updates in 2 years! And this piece of shit still sucks ass!

    • Jaysann22

      Motorola is a bad investment. I too have the Droid x. It was a decent phone until they forced updates that royally screwed up the phone. It worked best on 2.2 Froyo. Motorola also tends to keep up with devices for just a year of their release and then tosses them aside…

  • Cody

    Moto may be a little slow and they do seem to just toss phones aside for instance I had the x worked great but 2.3 update was full bugs I switched d3 and nothing no ics bullshit I now own a RAZR and if ics has a shit load of bugs after taking this long screw Motorola I’m going and getting the incredible 4g when its released moto you just take way too long and I assume losing a lot of customers and fans SMH

  • RichardGaetaSr

    Looking forward to the update but not Totally excited. I disagree my DROIDX worked awesome for 2 Years along with my Families I had 4 of them Wife and Kids. The RAZR Maxx was the only phone IMO Worth the upgrade! No regrets awesome phone!!!! Smooth and Fast Pictures Thumbs up. There is better phones spec wise out there. GNEX for one but considering Motorola makes a good SOLID phone I wanna stay moto. The family plan has one more upgrade and I wanna get the beast RAZR Maxx HD when it debutes here in the US. China has it already.

  • Luke K.

    I have a DROID X2 and I have NO idea why this phone won’t get ICS! It can easily run it! I know of some phones that have bad single-core processors with terrible RAM that get it. This has a 1GHz dual-core nVidia Tegra2 processor with 512MB of RAM which exceeds the ICS standards. I don’t want to root this. I’m just a little disappointed with MOTO.

  • Maxx user

    There’s a lot of hate in these comments. I’m a very excited maxx owner, who cares if there’s a few bugs here and there. Ever written code? Never mind code that gets modified by a team rather than an individual? Shit takes time to get right. You need intellectual breakthroughs not just grunt work :p consumers are so hard to please

  • Iphone Sucks

    I have seen this type of behavior from Motorola destroy other companies. Blackberry comes to mind.

  • Buzz389389

    Im so sick of android and update bullshit. Im going back to a simple old phone. Screw them and all there hype. They want our premium cash and we get shit in return.

  • eilegz

    now that google own this they better start cleaning its own house and start pushing updates on old and new devices…. they have to give an example to another OEMS

  • Jwmonroe0914

    First off, a few things in response to some comments…

    Anyone who expected ICS to be released on phones without at least a 1Ghz dual core processor, had extremely unrealistic ideologies. Android OS is just like any other OS, from Microsoft to Apple… your system (I.e. your phone) must meet the minimum requirements for that OS. Phones without a dual core 1Ghz processor do not. RAM is also a major factor.

    Secondly, if you don’t like android 2.3, then simply reinstall 2.2. Its that simple and easy of a fix.

    Third, Motor REALLY jumped the gun with their promises of ICS… no doubt to sell massive quantities of the RAZR and have people switch from the iPhone. However, it takes months to get the kinks worked out on Motor’s side and have Motorola approve it… THEN Verizon has to test and approve. It’s not a simple process by any means. Whereas it is extremely frustrating to not have ICS yet, I know it’s more than worth the wait.

  • beau

    Very excited for the update but not holding my breath for the whole “by the end of Q2” thing. My RAZR Maxx works just fine without it.

  • William T Farnswoth

    This is total bullshit, Moto suck ass, ICS should have shippied on the RAZR/RAZR Maxx, there are other phones out now that come with ICS. The Razr maxx will be my last motorola phone.