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Motorola Releases Status on ICS Upgrade Schedule

Motorola finally released an estimated schedule for the Android 4.0 upgrade to be installed on many of its smartphones and tablets. Unfortunately, the news isn't good for those hoping for some tasty ice cream sandwich love this quarter. In fact, only a handful of devices will receive the update in 2Q12 and five devices in the following quarter. Over twenty smartphones and tablets are still stuck in the "evaluation and planning" phase (limbo), and awaiting a projected release date.

As Motorola indicates, upgrades go through four stages: evaluation and planning, development, testing, and the actual release. During the evaluation and planning stage, Motorola evaluates the benefits, technical issues and user experience of an upgrade. "Generally, we are not able to provide release dates in this stage," the company states. "There are also some cases in which we can state that an upgrade will happen but are not able to provide a release date. Please note that some products that enter the Evaluation and Planning phase may not complete the upgrade cycle."

Once the upgrade goes through development and testing, it must be approved by the carrier or local regulators. Typically this is when consumers actually notice that an OTA update is ready to install, but at times there's also a small testing group that will make sure everything is in order before the carrier unleashes the upgrade to the masses (Verizon, for example, does this). Otherwise, users can simply go into the Settings menu to see if a manual update is possible.

With that out of the way, here's Motorola's schedule thus far here in the States:

Q1 2012
Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi only

Q2 2012
Motorola Xoom Family Edition

Q3 2012
Atrix 2
Atrix 4G MB860
Photon 4G
Motorola Xyboard 8.2
Motorola Xyboard 10.1

Undetermined (meaning it's too early to project a timeframe)
Droid 3
Droid 4
Droid Bionic
Droid Razr
Droid Razr Maxx
Droid X2
Droid Xyboard 8.2
Droid Xyboard 10.1
Milestone 3
Milestone X2
Motorola Pro+
Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G MZ600

Motorola also provides a schedule for Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Mexico which can be viewed here.

"We know how excited you’ve been about getting the next stage of Ice Cream Sandwich updates for your Motorola devices," the company said in a blog. "Our engineers and designers are combing through the code and preparing it for you. We are pleased to provide more details to the ICS upgrades."

So far it seems that a majority of Motorola devices won't bite into Google's ice cream sandwich until later this year. Bummer, we know (sigh).

  • nebun
  • mrkdilkington
    lmao glad I bought a Nexus S.
  • joytech22
    Glad I have my Galaxy Nexus. lol. Although I'm pretty stupid when it comes to getting a phone, I always buy it when it's like $800.. -.-

    I really need to learn to wait two months, now its $550.
  • halcyon
    I must say I'm dissapointed. I have a Razr Maxx. Fortunately, Go Launcher is a nice step above the default Motorola interface, though even it is not perfect. I'm somewhat like Joytech...I tend to go for what I want in the now as opposed to worrying about the costs (when I can). I fear by the time they ready ICS for my phone there will be something newer that I'll really want...and probably get. ...of course they do that on purpose. :/ least I have a Transformer Prime to help cheer me up.
  • pinkeyes
    So Q3 '12 or later for all Motorola phones... and consider ICS came out in October '11.

    My upgrade is up in April... and for me this means I just won't buy a Motorola phone, period.
    Undetermined=You already paid for the phone. Sucks to be you!

    I'm waiting for a phone the size of the Droid Galaxy Note, the battery of the Droid Razr Maxx and really good camera quality, with ICS out of the box, AND on Verizon. 4G is a given.

    Until then, I'll wait.
  • rakesh_toms
    Companies can do all these corporate talk BS! There are independent developers with very limited time and resources churning out ICS ROMs from AOSP base for these devices at fast pace. Sure they have a few kinks to be worked out, but that is because the developers dont have proper drivers and such. Should I really believe Motorola dont have the resources to update phones to ICS until after the next big android release??
  • No wonder Moto said they will unlock the bootloaders when it releases ICS. By that time the RAZR, in all 23 variations by then, will be nothing but a foot note in Moto's history book.
  • cknobman
    After getting burned by HTC and their "update" schedule I have vowed to never buy another Android phone unless it a pure Google phone.

    Heck I am becoming so sick and tired of the android crap that goes on between the device manufacturers and carriers that I may just hold out for the next version of Windows phone and jump ship.
  • digitalzom-b
    Cool. Once we get ice cream sandwich, everyone else will have moose tracks or something.