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24 May 12 Android 4.0: HTC, Motorola, Sony Chart Different Paths

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been slow to reach devices already in the market. Though the first Android 4.0 smartphone went on sale in November of last year, many owners of devices purchased with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board are still waiting for their upgrades.

Some of those Gingerbread device owners may be dismayed to learn they won’t ever get the latest Android system software for their phone or tablet.

HTC, Motorola, and Sony recently provided new information on which devices will get Android 4.0 and when those updates will arrive. They’ve also noted which devices won’t get Android 4.0. Let’s look at how the field is playing out.

HTC. HTC is delivering Android 4.0 to a pretty decent selection of its devices. Looking at the smartphones slated for the upgrade, the list includes the Amaze 4G, Desire S, Desire H, DROID Incredible 2, EVO 3D, EVO 4G+, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Sensation, Sensation 4G, Sensation XE, Sensation XL, Rezound, Rhyme, ThunderBolt, Velocity 4G, and Vivid. Most of these phones are being sold by carriers in the U.S., though a few are available only in Europe or Asia.

As for timing, all the devices listed above will be updated by the end of August, but most will see Android 4.0 arrive sometime between now and July.

The bad news is that HTC’s three tablet devices–the Flyer, EVO View 4G, and Jetstream–will not be updated beyond Android 3.2 Honeycomb. That’s a shame.

[ Devices running Android 4.0 are still scarce. Read Android 4.0 Installed On Just 4.9% Of Devices. ]

Motorola. Motorola has committed to providing Ice Cream Sandwich to a pretty good selection of smartphones, but there are few glaring omissions. Most importantly, the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX will get the update before the end of the second quarter. These are the two most recent devices it has shipped, and both are sold by Verizon Wireless.

Other notable U.S. handsets from Motorola that are on deck for Android 4.0 include the Atrix 2, Atrix 4G, Droid 4, and Bionic, all of which should be updated by the end of the third quarter. Owners of the Photon 4G will have to wait until the end of the fourth quarter for the update to arrive. If you’re a Droid 3 owner or Droid X2 owner–both of which went on sale less than a year ago–forget about Android 4.0. It’s not in your device’s future.

Unlike HTC, Motorola will update its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich. That means the Xyboard 10.1, Xyboard 8.2, and Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G/4G should enjoy some tasty dessert, which will start being served in the beginning of the third quarter.

Sony. Sony has already started rolling out Android 4.0 to some devices, including the Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray. Following those, the Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will receive Ice Cream Sandwich starting at the end of May/early June. Most of the devices listed above should see the update by the end of June.

Sony will be quicker than Motorola to deliver Android 4.0 to its tablet devices. The company confirmed this week that both the Sony Tablet P and Sony Tablet S will have Ice Cream Sandwich by May 31.

If you don’t see your device on any of the lists provided by HTC, Motorola, and Sony, chances are it won’t be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But that means your device is so old you should probably buy a new one, anyway. There are already a few Android 4.0 devices available in wireless stores today, so head on down and grab one.

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22 May 12 Motorola: “if Android 4.0 ICS isn’t better, we don’t want it”

This week the folks at Motorola are doing their best to let the world know that their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule is based not on their inability to upgrade their devices, but on how willing they are to do so. In a bit of a sting to those who purchased Android devices with Motorola manufacturing over the past year or so, expecting the next Android system upgrade as they did so, the manufacturer has sent out a message to users that if ICS wouldn’t “improve” their devices, they would not be updated. Have a peek at the full list below.

This update ushers in a near-final list of all the Android devices Motorola has on the market today. Included in the Android ICS upgrade list are all the devices you knew were going to upgrade in the first place – the DROID 4, DROID RAZR, and more, but what you might be surprised at are the list entries with DROID in the title that will be sticking with Gingerbread. Have a peek at everything between ICS and Gingerbread here:

Of particular interest to DROID lovers will be the DROID 3, easily the highest powered device on the list that is not going to be upgraded. You’ll find that the Droid X2 as well as the Droid 2 are also on the list for Gingerbread only, while one phone sits in the “maybe yes, maybe no” category: the ELECTRIFY. Interestingly enough, the PHOTON 4G (essentially the same phone on a different carrier) is scheduled for ICS in the fourth quarter of this year – carrier clout, perhaps?

“You’re not alone. Good thing we’ve got a page for that. You can get the latest software upgrade news on our refreshed page.

You may be wondering why all devices aren’t being upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here’s the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update. And, obviously we want the new release to improve our devices. If we determine that can’t be done—well then, we’re not able to upgrade that particular device.

Happy upgrading!” – Motorola

Stick with us as each of these devices get their next (and in some cases, their last) update ever in 2012. And check Motorola’s full list for all the updates in all the countries across the earth – including such gems as the MOTOGLAM and the QUENCH!

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19 May 12 Motorola updates its Android 4.0 upgrade plan — and it isn’t all good news

By (@jr_raphael) G+

Motorola Android 4.0 upgrade

When it comes to Android 4.0 upgrades, Motorola hasn’t exactly been leading the pack.

The manufacturer scored a big fat “D” in my Android 4.0 report card for the first quarter of 2012, and from the looks of it, its second-quarter score may not be a heck of a lot better.

After months of silence and inactivity, Motorola is finally speaking up about its Android 4.0 upgrade plan and what’s going on with its devices. Here’s what’s new from the company’s latest software update page refresh:

 Motorola’s Droid Razr is now scheduled to get Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the second quarter. Previously, the phone had been down for an “early 2012″ upgrade — a time frame I think we can all agree has long since passed. The second-quarter upgrade schedule now applies for the international Motorola Razr model, too, as well as for the Droid Razr Maxx.

 The Motorola Xoom international Wi-Fi model and U.S. 4G model may actually get ICS one of these days; both tablets are now slated for second-quarter upgrades.

 The Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1 models finally have ETAs for their Ice Cream Sandwich arrivals: Both Xyboard models are set to get ICS in the third quarter of the year. The same applies to the international Motorola Xyboard tablets.

 Owners of the once-heavily-hyped Motorola Droid Bionic can expect to get Ice Cream Sandwich “early” in the third quarter of 2012. Moto had stayed mum about the Bionic for months up till now: The company last talked about the Bionic in late 2011, when it promised to release more specific upgrade info once Google released the Android 4.0 software. Evidently, what it meant to say was “eight months after Google released the software.”

 Motorola’s Photon 4G had previously been promised a third-quarter ICS upgrade; the company has now quietly bumped it back to the fourth quarter instead.

 The Xoom Family Edition tablet was originally listed for a second-quarter Android 4.0 rollout; Moto has pushed it back to Q3.

 The Motorola Droid 3 — released just last July — is now officially destined to stay on Android 2.3 with no ICS in its future. The same applies to the international Milestone 3 model.

 Motorola has stated that it has no plans to upgrade the Droid X2, which launched last May. The same applies to the international Milestone X2 model.

 Other phones now officially confirmed to remain on Android 2.3: the Motorola Admiral, Motorola Pro+, Motorola Defy Mini, Motorola Defy+ MB526, Motorola Fire, Motorola Fire XT, and Motorola Motoluxe.

All in all, Motorola is continuing to disappoint with its Android upgrade efficiency. A few phones finally have vague “second quarter” estimations, at least, but five months after ICS upgrades began, Moto has yet to launch a single rollout of its own or even provide so much as a definite date for any of its devices.* And now, it’s reneging on more promises, pushing back its plans for some high-profile products, and disappointing plenty of folks who bought big-name devices less than a year ago.

The notion of numerous Google-supported Nexuses has never sounded better.

*While some versions of the Motorola Xoom have received Ice Cream Sandwich, that tablet is a “Google experience” device and consequently has its software upgrades managed directly by Google — not Motorola.

[SEE ALSO: Android 4.0 upgrade list: When's your device getting ICS?]

JR Raphael writes about smartphones and other tasty technology. You can find him on , Twitter, or Facebook.

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