A few days ago we told you that the Motorola Atrix 2 will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update at some point in the future, but we have some bad news for Motorola fans that still use other older Motorola devices such as the Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G.
Motorola has updated its software upgrade page to reveal that these three handsets will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That’s certainly disappointing news considering that all three devices were launched last year. The Atrix 4G hit AT&T in early 2011, while the Photon 4G was released by Sprint a few months later, in July 2011. The Electrify, which is U.S. Cellular’s Photon 4G version, hit stores about a year ago.
You’d think that more Motorola devices, especially not-so-old ones, would be upgraded to ICS especially now that Google owns the company. But that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Naturally, you can always look for ways to manually install Ice Cream Sandwich on these devices yourself, although not everyone is comfortable customizing in such a manner their Android handsets. Moreover, we’re not encouraging you to install custom firmware on your devices, so in case you choose to go down that path you will be the only person responsible for whatever happens with your smartphone in the process.
Getting back to unofficial updates, we will remind you that Motorola promised to give its customers $100 back when trading in their handset that’s not upgradeable to Jelly Bean in order to get one that’s running Google’s latest Android version.
Now, considering that the Atrix 4G, Photon 4G and Electrify won’t make it to ICS, they’ll certainly not get Jelly Bean either, which mean you could be entitled to $100 credit when upgrading to one of those shiny new RAZRs. Of course, we can’t really say whether the three devices are included in the program, as Motorola is yet to provide such details.