Last Updated: April 26th, 2013

I know a few people who just love QWERTY phones, despite the fact that they're a dying breed. For those among you who happen to love QWERTYs and are on Sprint, there's a chance you're holding a Motorola Photon Q in your hand right now. And if that's the case, you should probably head into the Settings menu and check for updates – Jelly Bean is coming your way. Get excited.

The update brings a slew of enhancements along for the ride:


  • Google OS upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Google Now
  • Voice search enhancements
  • Camera includes improved image quality and more intuitive panorama mode
  • Ability to zoom out to filmstrip mode in the Gallery
  • Keyboard includes improved dictionary and text to speech capabilities
  • Notification enhancements
  • resolved Quick Office closing when reviewing a document
  • Improved GSM roaming connectivity for global use
  • Improved streaming of Sprint TV when location services are turned off
  • Enhanced security and ease of use on the face unlock feature
  • Removed Quick Views, Speed Dial, and MOTOPRINT applications
  • Improved accuracy and response of voice to text for texting, emailing, and web search

So, what are you waiting for? Go get it!


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. 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-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • atlouiedog

    I am holding a Photon Q right now, but I updated last week when the file was spread around by those who were in the soak test. It's nice to be on JB, but I hope this isn't the last big update we get for this phone. It was released in August and judging by the number of well spec'd QWERTY devices released and announced since, this might need to last its fans awhile. The custom ROM scene hasn't exactly exploded either.

  • Christopher Robert

    Is there a reason this update never came out for the Motorola Photon as well. It seems like these two device came out with similar hardware and time frame but one got developer support and the other did not.

    • Scott

      Well it looks like it never got ICS either. I really think this has to do with the new Google owned Motorola.

      • Joshua Percell

        That was the old Motorola. What happened was Motorola tripped a fuse that locked the bootloader in a soak test for 2.3.5, making it impossible to load custom ROMs. This, on top of Motorola gong back on their word to update the photon 4G to ICS, is something that really made me consider my loyalty to Motorola. I hope that now that they are owned by Google that we will be seeing more updates for all phones.

  • Jackson Cunningham

    Alright come on Cspire. Step your game up. Don't make me wait 6 more months for an update.

  • seeker55375

    Why on earth did they take away speed dial?