If you're an Atrix 4G owner, I've got a case of the feels for you. When the handset came out, it was one of the first pieces of hardware with a dual-core processor and it seemed like it would last forever. So far, though, it hasn't managed to get ICS. We all get burned by manufacturer updates but this one seems particularly harsh. Which is why I'm glad to bring a bit of good news: Motorola appears to be beginning its soak test program for the handset.


A tipster has sent in the above screenshot announcing the program, and a thread on XDA corroborates the story. Given that Motorola hasn't been able to keep its ICS in its pocket (which is a horrible place for an ice cream sandwich, by the way), we expect this soak test will bring Android 4.0 to the handset. Which will at least bring it up to par with late 2011. Assuming everything goes well, we can assume the update will reach the rest of the users in short order.

So, is anyone else part of the soak test? How does it look?

Thanks, anon!

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Erik Amador

    I moved on a long time ago. Rooted, unlocked it, and have had JellyBean for months now compliments of Jokersax & Th3Bill.

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    Holy crap! Although I didn't wait for Motorola and am already running Epinter's CM10, this could finally help iron out some gpu and camera issues!

    • xracer

      exactly what i was thinking finally get those bugs out of the camera and the FP scanner, HW acceleration!! come on leaks!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.hamilton.1485 Jonathan Hamilton

      Took the words right out of my mouth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hrishi.genius Rishi Sharma

      Exactly!!! Just give us the Driver files. / We will get the rest of stuffs done. / Apparently if this happens we will have a stable JellyBean ROM too. :)
      THough I highly suspect that they are gonna do this , as they want consumers to buy new stuffs and throw away their old MoTo devices.

  • jak_341

    Holy late. ICS came out in 2011. There simply is no excuse for this.

  • selonmoi

    Hahahah. Like anyone's still waiting for it. Those who gave up and unlocked and flashed don't care. Perhaps those who found one in the trash will be happy for the update.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amrincon1 Antonio M. Rincón
    • Erik Amador

      wrong phone.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    Wonder if will have at least ICS on the photon :c

  • Kevin Taber

    this is the reason I think I'll never own a Moto phone again. hope they dont back door you guys like they did us photon 4g users

  • http://www.facebook.com/FrankRustyak Frank Rustyak

    Waited patiently for Motorola to update my Atrix 4g to ICS, then they left me at the altar by announcing that the 4g was to remain on Gingerbread. Moved on to the HTC One X. Within a week of getting my One X, I'm told that Motorola is doing a soak test on the 4g while I'm stuck in limbo while AT&T remains the only carrier on the planet that has not updated the One X to Jellybean.
    How many times do I have to put up with this? Should I just go ahead and poke my eyes out with a fork now and get it over with? I've done the rooting thing and put ICS on my old Atrix before. Rooting and putting on a custom ROM isn't always the panacea it's made out to be. Do I really want to do that again with the One X?

    • mgamerz

      Don't go back.

  • James Hilliard

    FYI this actually being ICS is nothing but speculation at this point, this could very well be just another Gingerbread update. Motorola has shown nothing but contempt for the developer community's of all their Tegra 2 phones and I would be truly surprised if they actually changed their ways.

  • mgamerz

    Hah, still screw you motorola. You still threw Atrix owners under the bus. ICS came out over a year ago.

  • http://twitter.com/Lehjr1 Leon

    There's no reason to believe that this update is for ICS, not when Motorola told us that the device would continue to receive maintenance updates but would remain on GB. Seriously, this kind of thing gets people's hopes up only to let them down when they've already had enough disappointments with the device.

  • http://twitter.com/samdrake112 Sam Drake

    I regret buying one, screen got smashed, too expsensive to justify replacing it. the updates sucked and the fact nobody cares about it anymore its just pointless

  • QwietStorm

    Lol wait..that thing is still on gingerbread?

  • Wade Lindsey

    Photon 4G owner here (Jellybean courtesy of Th3Bill). Move along to a Nexus if you want to avoid this disaster. I will the instant my contract is up (provided that there will be a Nexus 4 w/ LTE on Sprint by then). Join me!

  • Rainydays

    Motorola left my Atrix on Gingerbread for so long that I've developed Stockholm Syndrome

  • Bob G

    Too bad I already got a Nexus 4 since the previous news of Motorola abandoning the Atrix 4G for ICS.

  • Victor Chen

    Does this

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  • Victor Chen

    Will this come to the Photon4g (sprint) too?

  • http://2livehere.blogspot.com/ Ronit Steinberg

    I have been holding off on rooting and getting JellyBean for fear of ruining it and not being able to get the real deal if it ever comes around.

    • Tyler

      As far as I know rooting will not prevent you from receiving updates. Installing a custom ROM will however, so ways to get around this problem is before you install a custom ROM you backup your current one which will be what comes with the phone. If the update does arrive you can always restore back to that backup. I'm actually doing this today on a different phone so if it turns out I'm wrong ill let you know. If you have any questions about rooting let me know.

  • John O’Connor

    ICS?!?!?! Come on Googlerola... this has been your product for what 18+ months now? Not that it affects me, as much as I love the possibilities/capabilities of the Atrix line, I never bought into the half-baked experience.. but seriously

  • http://www.facebook.com/hrishi.genius Rishi Sharma

    IF Motorola releases an official ICS update , then we will have Drivers and will solve most of the problems related to HWA. FInally we will have a stable ROM. But this is still a speculation.

    Thanks to EPinter , Th3Bill , & JokerSax for providing us the utmost stable release of JB. :)

  • R. Luevano

    i've got a shattered screen atrix that works. its my bar phone lol maybe i'll consider fixing it now. thing has been through hell....

  • http://www.facebook.com/hrishi.genius Rishi Sharma

    Or Maybe MoTo will roll out another GB update with a huge TrollFace. :)

  • Matt Stevens

    No way this is ICS, if it is, I'll be extremely surprised. As for the Photon (which I currently own), Moto has pretty much said the final F U to it's owners and moved on.

  • Luke Etyrnal

    why wouldnt' it be ICS? they tried to release it already...

  • Guest

    I dont know where you all get your info...but the AT&T version of the MB865 has bee on ICS since october of last year.....here is the proof.


    screenshot was taken this morning. 1/24/2013

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdmargolis Josh Margolis

    I dont know where you all get your info...but the AT&T version of the
    MB865 has been on ICS since october of last year.....here is the proof.


    screenshot was taken this morning. 1/24/2013

    • http://twitter.com/Lehjr1 Leon

      That's the Atrix 2, the article is about the Atrix 4G (MB860)

  • Bob

    Motorola still sucks cant wait till June to get my Samsung galaxy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/day.dacha Day Dacha

    i wait motorola atix 4g Ics a long time but I hope it is true. I from thailand