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Motorola won't update devices to Android 4.0 ICS if it won't improve them

News by Dan Seifert on Monday May 21, 2012.

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Motorola DROID 3
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Last week, Motorola released an updated time-table for its smartphones and tablets that are due to get upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at some point in the future. While many of the devices on the list were the expected contenders, such as the DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX, and XYBOARD tablets, fairly recent smartphones like the DROID 3 and DROID X2 were left out of the Ice Cream Sandwich party. Motorola has clarified its reasoning behind its decision to upgrade a device or not, and it may not be what users want to hear.

In a statement, Motorola said "You may be wondering why all devices aren't being upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here's the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update. And, obviously we want the new release to improve our devices. If we determine that can't be done?well then, we're not able to upgrade that particular device."

Essentially, Motorola is arguing that an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich won't improve the user experience on devices like the DROID 3 and DROID X2, so it is not investing the resources into making the upgrade happen. That argument likely won't sit well with many DROID 3 and DROID X2 owners that are stuck with Android 2.3 Gingerbread despite the perfectly capable hardware in each phone. Samsung said a similar thing when it revealed that the original Galaxy S wouldn't be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich either. However, in Samsung's case, the Galaxy S hardware was already nearing two years old. The DROID 3 and DROID X2 haven't even been on the market for a full year yet.

Either way, it doesn't look like those phones and others will see official upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so owners will have to take matters into their own hands and install unofficial ports of the software onto their devices if they want to enjoy the upgrade.

source: Motorola, via: Android Central

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