Motorola had earlier detailed a step-by-step process as to how a software update from the company goes through various obstacles before reaching the end user. Today, the company has released a rough time-frame as to when most of its handset should get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, and I am sad to say things look pretty disappointing.
Motorola will be updating the Wi-Fi only XOOM to Ice Cream Sandwich in the United States by the end of Q1 of 2012. XOOM owners in other regions of the world need to wait until Q2 before some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness lands on their XOOM. The RAZR, XOOM Family Edition and the Chinese variants of the RAZR will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime in Q2 of 2012.
The Atrix 2, Atrix, Photon 4G, XOOM 2, Xyboard 10.1, Xyboard 8.2, and the Droid 4 will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime in Q3 of 2012. Yes, Motorola will take nearly 9 months after Ice Cream Sandwich’s code went public to update majority of its Android devices to Ice Cream Sandwich.
Oh! and owners of Droid X2, Droid 3, Droid Pro, and their European siblings – Ice Cream Sandwich update for your handsets are still under “Evaluation & Planning”. You guys should read that as Motorola has screwed you, and if you want to taste ICS on your handset, better root it or buy a new one!
While Samsung and HTC will update its flagship handset to ICS by the end of Q1, Motorola will do so only in Q2. The only thing I can hope for right now is that once Google completes the acquisition over Motorola, things will improve drastically.