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Sep
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Motorola made some changes to its firmware update timeline this morning. It looks some ICS updates have been delayed, while others that were once promised are now undergoing evaluation. Here's a look at what changed.

  • The Atrix 4G and Atrix 2 were originally slated to get ICS in Q3 of 2012, but have been updated to "further plans coming soon." We're not exactly sure what that means, but it doesn't sound very promising.
  • The Droid XYBOARD 8.2's ICS update was pushed back from Q3 to Q4, despite the fact that its 10.1" brother has been on Android 4.0 since August.
  • The XOOM Family Edition will also have to wait until Q4 to see ICS. Sorry, guys.
  • While it was originally scheduled to see ICS in "early Q3," the Droid Bionic won't be seeing any sort of update until Q4. Ouch.
  • Both the Photon 4G and Electrify's update statuses has been changed from "Q4 2012" to "further plans are coming soon." Welcome to the Atrix club.
  • Other devices, like the Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, and Droid Pro will remain on Android 2.3. No surprise there.
  • No sign of Jelly Bean for anything aside from the Wi-Fi XOOM. We already know it's coming to the RAZR M and HD, but that's the extent of it at the moment.

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Definitely not the sort of news we wanted to hear coming out of Motorola's camp. Hopefully Google can start to turn this thing around already. Only time will tell.

[Motorola, Thanks, Mgamerz!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/MagicXB Nick

    Ouch. Glad I ditched my Atrix 2 for the Atrix HD.

    • duplissi

      ouch, glad i ditched my atrix 2 for the galaxy nexus.

      • http://twitter.com/MagicXB Nick

        Apparently we're both glad. :)

        • http://twitter.com/xtcvapor uh what

          U glad bro?

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

        Ditched my photon for galaxy nexus.

    • UmangKedia

      Dude, you are seeing your future :P :P

  • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Jimmy Rustles

    I guess google must not be interfering with the way Moto runs because this is terrible.

  • aNYthing6

    Sad. Hopefully Google's plan to make less phones will help out with this mess. They have way too many products and that makes updates difficult. One high end phone, one medium range handset, and one tablet. Maybe a QWERTY-slider if they are still interested in that market.

    • adam

      Droid 4 on Verizon's and photon q on sprint.

    • Asphyx

      The most recent units announced are merely a clearing out of all the Pre-Google units that were under development. I doubt we will see any real impact from Google on units until next year. A reduction in the available units will be a very good thing once it happens but I don't think those units have been designed yet.

  • shakerya

    They should have stuck to their flip Moto Razrs.

  • JordanMcRae

    "further plans coming soon" probably means that they aren't going to update it so they are going to give you the $100 they promised

  • DennisHeffernan

    Sad but not unexpected. And likely to be a year or more before I can upgrade so I don't expect the promised voucher to do me much good, assuming it comes through. Looks like I'm stuck with Gingerbread for a while.

  • Pierre

    Further plans could mean Jellybean ?

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

      lol, in your dreams maybe.

    • Charlie Davison

      wishful thinking they were saying that ICS could barely be added dont think they will bump us up to jelly bean... not unless Jesus works in their R&D department

  • UmangKedia

    Atrix 2 in India got ICS few days back :)

  • Chris

    oh dear, do they really think none of their customers care about this stuff? anyone who bought an atrix or any other device theyve massively neglected/supported terribly, would be mad to even consider ever buying another moto product after this joke

    • Charlie Davison

      they got ppl talking about motorola again with the atrix 4g and they turned their backs in us just after 6 months. no support for the phone the laptop dock the car dock they should just unlock the bootloader and allow us to root the damn thing...

      • http://profiles.google.com/rhippert02 Russell Hippert

        The Photon was EOL'd 6mos after release. At least you guys had a bit more time with the Atrix. It's still BS by the truck loads. Ubuntu based Webtop is vital for me so I'm hosed no matter what happens.

        • Stephane Boisvert

          XDA has a walkthrough on how to get Ubuntu on your Atrix, FYI. It's not easy, but it's feasible.

          I'm crossing my fingers that "Further plans coming soon" means either the 100$ credit, or (fingers double crossed) Jelly Bean.

          • http://profiles.google.com/rhippert02 Russell Hippert

            There's been a better alternative to chroot methods for almost a year now that's CWM flashable. Too bad NOBODY ever bother to cover it.

  • c00ller

    #MOTOFAIL since Q2 2010 with the Cliq and Cliq XT. I expect nothing more from them, honestly. The obvious problem is trying to support too many devices simultaneously. Even having been bought by Google, I have yet to find a reason to respect them.

  • mhump54

    I have owned Motorola phones for a long time. All have serevd me well including my Bionic. It is unfortunate that some phones have not worked well but i think that is to be expected in any product especially complex smart phone
    I think Motorola hasn't done too awfull bad since the buy out by Google in May of this year. I think they deserve a chance to get thing organized and make better decisions about how to make all their products work better together. Hang in there Motorola you still have a fan here.

  • chenriques

    Galaxy s3 here i come thanx for the memories mo-pho its been real

  • AdamVM

    This is why I didn't buy another Motorola this time, nor will I ever again. I loved my Photon but if even under Googles ownership they aren't going to keep their deadlines and support their products, then will give my business to their competitors. We were planning to buy a Photon Q for a member of the family because he wants a keyboard but with this news I am thinking I want to try and change his mind. If they pull this crap with the Photon, they will eventually pull it with the Q as well.

    • Stephane Boisvert

      You're aware that Google officially purchased Motorola Mobility just a little over a month ago, right?

      Expecting major managerial changes in this time frame, given the scope of such an undertaking, is nigh inhuman. Changes *are* coming, it's just not going to be instantaneous. The bootloader unlocking service and the 100$ credit for 2011 devices which cannot be upgraded to Jelly Bean is already a big step in the right direction.

  • Asphyx

    I wouldn't just expect the worst out of this...Could actually be a good thing if they are working on creating an unlockable version of thier bootloader for those units.
    Not sure on all the units mentioned but it looks like a majority of them are fastboot units which should be easier to make work with thier new unlock system they mentioned.
    No surprise the D2 Family is being EOLed. I was hoping at least for an ICS to get CM10 running on it but no chance it's a done unit.

    • MicroNix

      There's no reason based on their history to expect the best either.

      • Asphyx

        Well there is one reason...Google is running the show! The release of these recent units were all in the pipeline before Google took over. If past history was at play we would not even hear anything about an ICS upgrade at all we would have just been left to twist in the wind.
        But I do get what your saying.

  • chris

    Atrix 2 already has an ICS leak that seems pretty much done

    • adam

      I agree same with bionic i have no bug on mine

  • VD

    Currently, by far Motorola is the worst cell phone manufacturer in the world! They can't even hold their promise, and just keep pushing back the release date. I just bought their crappy phone because they'd promised to upgrade it to ICS soon. Almost after a year, they's just released ICS upgrade for very few phones, and I'm wondering how many developers they've got to do the job! Fortunately, I'm sure now that I will never ever come back to any stupid Motorola phone again!

    • MicroNix

      Moto went into the smart phone world with a huge bang with the Motorola Droid and then rapidly fizzled once they attempted anything beyond vanilla. Their attempts at software just leave you wondering what kind of staff they have when a part time rom developer can come out with an amazing rom that doubles the battery life, makes the camera usable, adds a launcher that doesn't lag, etc.

      I've switched to Samsung and am not looking back. Obviously Motorola did not understand that retention wins over short term profits.

  • http://profiles.google.com/inchrist1000 Christian Gemme

    I'm not getting another Motorola. I have They have made some fairly epic phones, but their updating is pathetic.

  • Mr.McFeely

    This is the last Moto product I'll ever own. My Atrix 2 has been nothing but a frustration.

    • Yogurtpants

      Hello iPhone 5.

      • MicroNix

        So you are jumping into Apple's magic teleporter and going back to 2010 huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamieriddle19 Jamie Riddle

    The only thing I can figure out for the Photon at least is that they have a discussion at: https://forums.motorola.com/posts/6b434a1a12 so therefore it leads me to believe what they have done is skipped the ICS update and are going to update straight to Jelly Bean. Essentially what this discussion says is that: Photon 4G to get Jelly Bean or $100 credit. We will have to see what happens and hope that they do right by their customers, especially since Motorola and Google are now one company.

  • donkeybreath

    I have a photon I received as a warranty replacement so far had 6 dye to defects. It came locked so I can't do anything,Sprint gave me the option of a comparable phone EVO 4g or nexus s. It's amazing that this 6 month old phone is comparable to a 2 year old phone but still cost 300 bucks

  • http://twitter.com/hydnar1966 Randy Hatchett

    I bought one of the first Atrix 4G's in my area and have the laptop dock and the HD dock. I also recently started using an Atrix 2. Was so excited last winter that the 4G would be getting ICS. So frustrating knowing the updates may now never come. Just adds to the list of reasons that as soon as my current contract is satisfied in about 4 weeks, I'll be dumping Moto and Android for the new iPhone 5 ( already have my name on a waiting list for the iPhone).

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.roberts85 Timothy Roberts

    No love for the X2,...you guys suck!

  • Cory

    From Q3 rollout delayed to Q4 rollout of ICS for Photon4G. Now "further plans coming soon." Here's my big middle finger to you Motorola. Off to Samsung it is.

  • Nathan Bush

    "Further plans coming soon" is definitely better than "Will remain on Gingerbread" that other phones were given. Also with the announcement earlier this month from Moto & Google that most all 2011 - current moto phones would be getting Jellybean by the end of 2012. I think they've decided to skip ICS alltogether. I'm thinking that dual core and at least 1gig of ram is the specs that have to be met for the qualified 2011 phones.

  • LFC

    I've been patiently waiting here with my Atrix 4G for ICS and now this status change from in development to Further plans. I will be posting on all the social networking sites how unreliable Moto is and how they like to disappoint customers. I have been a Loyal, patient and understanding customer of moto for years but if I don't get an update after it was promised then this will be my last device and I'll make damn sure that no one I know buys one.

  • xploited

    Hello? Moto has been doing this since the Milestone. I am not even a tiny bit surprised.
    If you want a Moto phone and care about software updates, get one with unlocked BL -> Atrix, Photon.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pasricat Tallmunda Tallmunda

    Update:
    Motorola choose to go back on their word and cancel any upgrade to Atrix 4g. Buyers beware