Back in February, Motorola released a list of devices that it would be upgrading to Ice Cream Sandwich along with the expected timeframe of the update. As time passed by, Motorola failed to meet its expected timeframe, and until now has only managed update a handful of its handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich – the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX, DROID 4 and recently, the Atrix 2.
The ICS update for the DROID Bionic, which was at one point of time Motorola’s flagship Android handset, has slipped into Q4, which has rightfully angered all Bionic owners.
Today, Motorola updated its Ice Cream Sandwich roll-out chart to make some sad changes. The company has decided not to update the original Atrix 4G, the Sprint Photon 4G and the Electrify to Ice Cream Sandwich. All these handsets are more than capable of running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smoothly, with their dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
The Atrix 4G and the Photon 4G are very similar to each other, and were at one point the company’s flagship handsets for their respective carriers. Not upgrading the Android OS version of its previous generation flagship handsets even once clearly shows how incompetent Motorola is. The Atrix 4G launched with Android 2.2 on-board, even though it was released well after Android 2.3 Gingerbread hit AOSP. The company then took its own sweet time to roll-out the Gingerbread update for the handset, and has since then only released some minor software updates for the device.
Google may have purchased Motorola for its patents, but the company will definitely be mending ways how Motorola conducts its business.
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Sprint recently rolled out a couple of software updates for the popular HTC EVO 4G LTE and Motorola Photon 4G smartphones. Google Wallet service on the EVO 4G LTE was broken from the day one. Thankfully, the latest update fixes this issue. On the other hand, the software update for Motorola Photon 4G brings support for full HD (1080p) video recording and playback.
The latest update for EVO 4G LTE is numbered 1.22.651.3 and it comes with important enhancements and fixes for Google Wallet, Wifi disconnect issue, time zone issue and much more. The Motorola Photon 4G software update brings enhancements for WiFi hotspot, improved music playback and so on. Check out the complete changelog after the break.
HTC EVO 4G LTE Update:
Description of enhancements/fixes:
- Google security updates
- Wifi disconnect issue
- Time zone issue
- Google Wallet fix
- Side loaded video pause issue
- Random power cycling issue
- Pioneer Bluetooth Car Kit connection issu
- Gallery app crash
- Calendar reminder (all day even time) issue
Motorola Photon 4G Update
- More easily import contacts from SD card.
- Improved music playback, both streaming from Amazon Cloud or Internet Radio services and music saved to the phone – minimizes occasional skips or -repeats
- Enhancements for WiFi hotspot in GSM/UMTS mode and adding new WiFi connections.
- Now supports 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced video settings for more responsive playback.
- Easier creating and accepting calendar meeting notices on the phone.
The size of the update for HTC EVO 4G LTE is just 42 MB. These updates will be easily available via Over-The-Air (OTA). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. If you have not received the update, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update.
In the last year or so, all the Android phones shipped by Motorola came with an encrypted boot loader. Motorola has been heavily criticized for shipping their phones with locked down bootloader. The company promised that they will ship phones with unlockable boot loaders sometime later this year. Sadly, the company has not made any visible progress on this front.
For the Photon 4G owners though, the good news is that the boot loader on their handset can now be unlocked. The awesomely talented developers over at XDA forums have managed to unlock the encrypted boot loader of the Photon 4G. Interested Photon 4G owners, can head over to this thread over at XDA forums for more information on how to unlock the boot loader.
Photon 4G owners should keep in mind that if they unlock the boot loader of their handset, they will void the warranty of the handset. They should also make a backup of their data on the phone, since the phone will be wiped clean of all data during the unlocking process.
Since the Photon 4G shares similar internals to Verizon’s Droid 3 and the upcoming Droid Bionic, it may help developers to unlock the boot loader of those handsets as well.
Motorola has announced the first Nvidia Tegra 2 powered handset to be available under the Sprint’s network the Motorola Photon 4G.
The Motorola Photon sports a 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960×640) resolution. The handset is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset running at 1GHz.
The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, while there is a disappointing VGA camera in the front. The handset also packs in 1GB of RAM, along with 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack and a proximity sensor are also present. Like the Atrix 4G, the Photon 4G will also have WebTop capabilities.
The Photon 4G also has a kickstand at its back, which will allow users to enjoy watching videos on their device. The handset will also support’s Sprint’s WiMAX network, along with support for 3G networks outside the U.S, making it a World ready’ handset.
The Photon will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a new and improved version of MotoBLUR running on top of it. The handset will be available sometime this summer under Sprint’s network. Final specifications and pricing of the handset will be revealed sometime before the estimated release time frame.