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Motorola Plans to Announce Ice Cream Sandwich Update Time Lines 6 Weeks After Google Releases It (Updated)

Update:  We received a clarification on this Tweet from Motorola. They do not plan to have Ice Cream Sandwich on devices 6 weeks after the new OS is released. Instead, they plan to announce a timeline for ICS updates within 6 weeks of Google releasing it. So that means that the DROID RAZR, Bionic and XOOM will be given time lines some time within 6 weeks of the ICS release. That make sense? Don’t expect Android 4.0 by the end of the year – expect Moto to announce when they will have it ready.

According to Motorola’s official Twitter account, they plan to either start releasing Ice Cream Sandwich to devices just 6 weeks after Google makes it available or they are ready to drop new ICS phones on us in that amount of time. The message is a little cryptic, but we are assuming they mean that their current lineup of phones will receive Android 4.0 six weeks from the time Google makes it available. Talk about a quick turn-around.

Does anyone else get the feeling that Moto has some sort of lock-down on the update process? They certainly do it faster than any other phone manufacturer on the planet right now. And remember that they originally had Gingerbread done for all of their devices back in June before realizing that a couple of major bugs needed to be fixed.

We have been told that the RAZR, Bionic and XOOM will get ICS – still no word on the rest of their lineup of phones including the DROID2, Global, Pro, DROIDX, DROIDX2 and DROID3. I would imagine that all of those phones are capable of running it though.

Via:  Twitter, Android and Me

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  • Erndog_66

    Roll “something” out to my Bionic NOW that will FIX it!!!

  • Jer85008

    Here is my prediction: DRAZR will not see ICS until late spring/early summer. Moto, despite Google’s “influence” will skin it with a bunch of blur garbage and load it up with plenty of new bloatware. The phone will be buggy for months until the second or third update, so users don’t have an up-to-date and stable phone for a least a year after it’s released.
    Sorry Moto, been burned this way too many times to trust you again. The Galaxy Nexus is my next phone.

  • Keith Sumner

    This is Droid-Life, not Nexus life, haters.

    • Sputnick

      Troll.

  • Dominick DeVito

    So…by the time Motorola updates their phones with ICS…

    …Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be out and the G-Nex will be updated by Easter while Moto owners sit and wait for ICS.

    Sad

    • Keith Sumner

      Trolling again huh? What’s your problem anyway? Motorola has consistently updated their devices in the past faster than any other manufacturer, the only one’s who do it faster are the Nexus line because they’re Google devices.

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  • http://twitter.com/timberwolfkw Kyle Wilkins

    Don’t forget to mention the OG Droid. I’m sure it can handle it too!

  • Anonymous

    The nexus will disappoint you .

    • Sputnick

      Like the  Bionic disappointed?

      • Anonymous

        It will get ics pretty soon. The bugs will be gone :) the year hasn’t end yet, the bionic will continue to sell.

        • Sputnick

          You’re just flapping your gums with nothing to back up what your saying

          • Anonymous

            Moto has the entire line up with gb. Tell me which manufacturers can say that?

          • Sputnick

            Good for Moto.  Now prove to me the Bionic will sell well.  All indications is it hasn’t and it won’t.  Find me the article that says the Bionic is selling out everywhere and this phone will put them back in the black.

          • Anonymous

            Mostly all devices are like that. The gs2 will not sell so good after the nexus come out.

          • Sputnick

            Possibly…but I’ll bet against you.

          • Anonymous

            Lets see :)

  • Anonymous

    Do you feel the nexus will be bug free? Keep dreaming !

    • KevinC

      it may not be bug free, but it will be updated quickly directly from google, like the nexus phones have been in the past.

      oh, and do you think will be bug free? keep dreaming!  every device has issues.

      • Anonymous

        Fast updates but the last 2 nexus have been samsung no thanks :) i like the best and moto has proven that with the 2 best devices in history. The droid and original razor. The droid razor will top them both :) moto will win this battle. Im sorry nexus followers.

        • Sputnick

          If Moto is so great then why is it losing market share?  From march 2010 – march 2011 Moto’s market share went from 21% to 14%.   Samsung and HTC have bolstered market share.  I agree the Moto Droid was one of the greats….but they haven’t really done sh*t since.  The Droid marketing is tired and it’s just well….bad.  Google wants Moto for patents..not because it’s a profitable company.  And Google wants to make hardware all of a sudden?  Please.

          • Anonymous

            You can compare moto with htc and samsung, we all know that moto is the king. That’s why google bought them.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Ummm, no. They bought Motorola Mobility for their patents. Google doesn’t want hardware.

          • Anonymous

            Google wants a good manufacturer to represent them.

          • Sputnick

            This proves you have no idea what you’re talking about.

          • Anonymous

            I do have a good idea. The only reason that you are mad with moto is because after the droid all their devices have been locked. Stop holding grudges and grow up.

          • Sputnick

            The reason i’m done with Moto is because they throw darts in hopes something will stick and none have….not since the Droid (no Moto Blur).  It’s just phone after phone after phone which none of them made me want to upgrade early.  Their loss in marketshare shows I’m not alone.   The Droid X did ok but nothing else really ended up mattering.  Moto is dying and yes it’s a shame but it’s reality…a reality you don’t want to acknowledge.  As far as the bootloader, that’s Verizon stepping in and fouling that up….not Moto.  And no..you have no idea if you really think Google wants to buy Moto to make hardware.  The Galaxy line is hugely successful.  Galaxy nexus FTW.  If Moto makes the next Nexus…I would probably get it….there..make ya feel better?

          • Anonymous

            So what if the market share has gone down. Moto still selling good. The razor will make the market share higher again.

          • Sputnick

            HAHAHAHA…if they were selling good they wouldn’t be losing market share….C’MON MAN!!  I hope the RAZR does awesome, it looks like a great device…I don’t want Moto to die, I just want them to be great instead of swimming in a pool of mediocrity.  Releasing the Bionic eight months after reveal only to release a, what looks like a much better, phone two months later is just plain stupid.  Yeah, lets kill off our most hyped phone of the year with a better one because we want to head off the Nexus hype.  Bad, bad, bad.  The bionic should have been laid to rest.  But to claim the RAZR will sell well and regain it’s market share is simply just hoping for the best.  Moto needs to slow down, find something that is innovative, refreshing, and wow people….RAZR has a chance of doing just that.  They haven’t done it and they’re killing themselves because people like me just wait for their next release hoping it’s something great…only then to lose me to competition.  They’re doing too much too fast and it shows.

          • Anonymous

            I do agree with you, the bionic should not be release, but moto had obligation to release. They are on schedule to release their devices on time and even though the nexus will have ics at launch, the razor will sell better.

          • Sputnick

            Let’s hope for the best. Peace.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Okay, so releasing an Android phone without a removable battery with an old OS is cutting edge? I don’t think so. Not to mention Motorola will take FOREVER to update the Razr and Bionic. They just told you it’s going to take 6 weeks to TELL YOU WHEN you MIGHT get the update – if (IF) it doesn’t get delayed.

          Not to mention Moto will undoubtedly put MotoBlurp around ICS and uglify it.

          No thanks. I’ll skip all the nonsense and get the G-Nex.

          • Anonymous

            They got gb pretty soon to the droidx :). Moto updates their devices faster than any other manufacturers.

  • Anonymous

    Droid x destroyed the Evo.

  • Anonymous

    Sheeps will hate on moto regardless.

    • LiterofCola

      By the way, “sheep” is the plural form.  The word “sheeps” is nonsense

      • Anonymous

        Are you mad?

  • CaptainHowdy13

    My D2 would love ICS… Ever since GB update I’ve been getting random reboots and lockups like mad…

  • Anonymous

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    surprise if they update all their devices within 4 months after ics is
    released.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Yup – then Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be put and our G-Nexuses will be getting the update by Easter while you wait for Ice Cream Sandwich.

      • Anonymous

        We will get it eventually. You will have weak radios, plastic and pentile lol.

  • jason6g

    would be nice to get a vanilla ics (lol, nice pun) version asap, then at a later date one that offers all the blur goodies. i guess that would be the root community though

    • Dominick DeVito

      you said blur “goodies”.

      Nothing about MotoBlurp is good.

  • Anonymous

    Six weeks seems a little long to see if they are going to release ICS for a phone but not horrible. What will be horrible is how long it will take. 

    I’m taking bets now, if Motorola has a phone that did not come with ICS updated to ICS by May I’ll be surprised.

  • J Dub

    If they don’t get it on, at the very LEAST, all their dual core devices by the end of Q1 2012 then they are horrible. I really feel bad for all these folks locked into the D3, DX2, and Bionic. Galaxy Nexus for me. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

    The sooner the better. The Xoom should get this first i hope, it is suposed to be a “Google experience device”.

  • Anonymous

    Until something like this actually happens I will get the nexus and stick with that. To many times manufacturers have said they would release an update in a time frame and didn’t meet it cough*xoom* cough* thunderbolt*

  • Roger Wescott

    Seems like this move is a product of Moto’s decision to go to that Omap platform. They’ve obviously got a plan in motion and will probably just need some fine tuning once the final code is dropped.  Seems like even though it’s not a Nexus device the the Razr and Bionic are both very good investments.

  • Sundar Ganapathy

    Motorola “timelines” are meaningless.  They rushed updates to the OG Droid but does anyone remember how it took them nearly a year to deliver a single OS update to the Motorola CLIQ – right before its planned EOL.

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    I know this is primarily a Verizon blog, but anyone heard anything about the Moto Photon getting ICS?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      It will def get it….don’t worry

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QDVSK6FKH5Z2YFREI3QBJTXLRI Walter

    Is it me or does the headline make absolutely no sense?

  • akhi216

    I don’t think that either of the two tweet were off. What I get from them is that Motorola will release ICS devices 6 weeks after ICS becomes available and that Motorola will push ICS updates 6 weeks after ICS becomes available. I’m just looking for some Droid 3 love. The Bionic is getting it and it has the same internals as the D3 aside from the extra 512 MB of RAM. The lack of the extra RAM on the D3 should be a non-issue regarding whether or not it gets ICS because was added to the Bionic strictly for Webtop/Lapdock functions. Remember the orginal Etna Bionic only had 512 MB of RAM. The lack of an LTE radio in the D3 should be a non-issue regarding whether or not it gets ICS as well. If Sony Ericsson can put ICS on their entire 2011 lineup of Xperia phones, which all lack a GB of RAM, and dual-core processors, there’s no reason whatsoever that the D3 can’t or shouldn’t get ICS.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      The 1gb isn’t for web dock….that was a rumor proven false a long time ago….when the web dock is not in use the bionic utilizes the full 1gb

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    I think they have a great dev team and really their applications are just modded copies of AOSP this is evident from their actual open source releases of phones like the bionic.  The one thing they do have going for them though is honestly blur.  Hate it if you will but they have put a lot of time into it and I know a lot of people that enjoy having facebook integration that works and works well for pulling down photos and things like that.  Blur is actually pretty social.  They have a lot of the work already done so all they need is a stable kernel to put it on the rest is a ground up build of the OS.  I wonder how much this will change though with ICS.  Will blur still have all of the features that make ICS what it is or will some of them be left out.  Motorola has actually has a lot of people that are ahead of the curve.  Samsung has been making phones for a while but look at the feature phone days like the RAZR ad KRZR they ran on top of Java then and I am sure they have some good people on staff that are no different from any of us and really enjoy tearing into android.  Now if only we could do something about that bootloader.  Blur is 90% widgets and little integration apps after all.  The hard part is how they all tie together.  Ever try taking the blur launcher out and running the stock 2.3.7 launcher on it?  There is a lot of stuff that does not play well but I have been working on my X2 to remove anything with blur in the name and add a lot of the original Nexus S 4G packages to it.  Without a decent recovery though I have to tread very lightly.  I would love to try it on a Moto phone that CWM runs well on but I don’t have one.  I have even taken some of my favorite things from BLUR and added them to my OG.  Things like the individual toggles for wifi.  A lot of these things are in the market and I am sure Moto has people that browse github for projects and tweak them to add to blur.  I also have some blur apps on my Nexus S 4G.  Thanks for taking the time to read all of that.