Motorola, which has been cleared to be acquired by Google, updated its Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, upgrade schedule. Some ICS bumps are coming in Q3, but most are coming later.
Mobility (NYSE:MMI), which just received the approval to be acquired by Google
(NASDAQ:GOOG) by U.S. and European regulators, has updated its timetable for
bringing Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, to its legion of Android
smartphones and tablets.
for ICS fans, it won't be particularly soon. While the ICS bump began rolling out
for the company's Xoom WiFi slate
last month in the United States, the upgrade won't be arriving on many of the
OEM's most popular Android gadgets until the third quarter this year.
the Motorola Atrix 4G and Atrix 2 handsets for AT&T (NYSE:T), the Photon 4G
smartphone on Sprint (NYSE:S), and the Droid Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2 tablets on
Verizon Wireless, all in the U.S. The ICS timeline gets murkier for many of
Motorola's newer smartphones.
affixed the "further details to follow" description about an ICS
upgrade to the just-launched Droid 4 and Droid Razr Maxx
Droid Razr, Droid Bionic and the Xoom WiFi+3G devices. The Droid 3 and Droid X2
are also on this short list.
won't satisfy many users attracted to some of the OEM's best high-end handsets,
but such is the price consumers pay at a time when Android upgrades continue to
be a messy affair.
provided the update on its support forum
, where back in December it detailed the upgrade
process for bringing its
devices to a fresh version of Android.
check the forum for news about when upgrades are available, though they will
also receive alerts from their handsets or tablets when an upgrade is available
over the air.
lot is going on with Motorola of late.
The OEM, which
last month inked a deal
to build smartphones and tablets
with Intel Atom processors, is set to unveil
an Intel handset at Mobile World
Congress later this month.
On Feb. 13,
both the European Commission
and Justice Department
blessed the company's $12.5
billion merger with Google, which will use the company's 17,000-plus patents to
firm up its defense of Android from Microsoft, Apple and other players in the
increasingly litigious mobile market.