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Motorola Details the Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade Process for Their Phones, Are We Really 6 months Away From Seeing it?

Motorola made it clear back in October that they had plans to upgrade the majority of their devices to Ice Cream Sandwich including the DROID RAZR, Bionic and XOOM. Today in a blog post, they have laid out the time line of events that lead us up to that release. How does 4-6 months sound? If you were expecting to see it on your new RAZR in January or February this may seem like a long time, but if you look at this past year’s Gingerbread schedules, 4-6 months isn’t all that bad.  

According to Moto, there are 4 major steps that must take place in order for your phone to receive an update:

1. Merge and adapt the new release for different device hardware architecture(s) and carrier customizations

This means that we take the source code and incorporate it into upgrades for devices on which this can perform well, along with making sure the carrier requirements are met.  Silicon partners such as Qualcomm, TI, and nVidia adapt this to their chipsets in parallel and we incorporate these as they become available. This is also the time when we begin integrating all of the Motorola-specific software enhancements into the source code.  Features like MotoCast, Smart Actions, and our comprehensive enterprise solutions are integral parts of our device experiences, and we want to make sure we continue delivering differentiated experiences for our consumers with these software upgrades.

2. Stabilize and ‘bake’ the result to drive out bugs

This means that we will prepare the upgrade to meet the quality and stability requirements to enter the wireless carrier’s certification lab.

3. Submit the upgrade to the carriers for certification

This is the point in the process where the carrier’s lab qualifies and tests the upgrade. Each carrier has different requirements for phases 2 and 3. There may be a two-month preparation cycle to enter a carrier lab cycle of one to three months.

3.5 Perform a Customer pre-release

We may perform some customer testing before a final release is delivered publicly to our user base.

4. Release the upgrade

We are planning on upgrading as many of our phones as possible.  The ability to offer the upgrade depends on a number of factors including the hardware/device capabilities, the underlying chipset software support, the ICS support and then the ability to support the Motorola value add software.

So by our calculations, Moto will take 2-3 months to integrate their Blur and built-in apps into Ice Cream Sandwich. After that, they will send it off to Verizon, one of the slowest more thorough carriers on the planet when it comes to testing updates. After letting Big Red toss it around for 1-3 months, we could finally see it – assuming there weren’t too many bugs that needed to be addressed by Moto and then re-submitted to Big Red. We are looking at anywhere from 4-6 months (minimum), putting us right around June or July. Sounds about right if we look back at when the world finally got around to upgrading previously released phones to Gingerbread this year.

Via:  Motorola

Cheers JF!

  • Anonymous

    haha where are all the “it will get ICS in january moto fanboys?” Nothing is quick when it comes to updating skinned phones.

    • Anonymous

      that is the beauty of the nexus good sir

  • Dominick DeVito

    Dictionary Definition:

    Nexus: An Android phone program designed to have stock pure Android experience. Gets the latest updates directly from Google and is the first device to receive an upgrade.

    See also: Why skinned phones suck, MotoBlur, Why Moto fanboys are upset

    • Anonymous

      Moto’s UI isn’t bad at all.  I really don’t know why so many people have so much issue with it.

      • Dominick DeVito

        they should have a stock option manual download available.

    • Anonymous

      If you feel the new moto UI sucks, you have mental problems. The stock GB was mad boring, that is why they changed ICS completely. I love ICS the most right now, but Moto’s UI is the second best hands down. I know you will not admit it because you are still holding a grudge towards Moto aka the best of the best.

      • Guest

        guess what faggo……YOU WERE WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

      • Guest

        hey faggo.  go suck some more dick. loser!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LGRIVZYCTSCK66OUTFEEJ5HBQE shawn
  • Anonymous

    Who would have expected a shorter time frame? Stop kissing VZW ass…if they are so good at testing updates then why have they had so many problems with updates for many different devices?

  • babadush

    If they upgraded their software as fast as their phones they’d have more people like them.

  • Zebra

    I think a lot of people here need to realize the difference between what can be released by a company versus just a developer. Developers have no dependencies after they release a ROM…they can choose to support and update it, but there’s nothing holding them to do so. Company’s on the other hand have to support millions of paying customers. Whatever loss in sales they incur from running slightly outdated software is probably easily offset by the support costs saved from not releasing something that may be unstable and have bugs.

  • Jer85008

    Not surprised by this at all, and I think 4-6 months is pretty optimisic. Not that I think my Rezound will get an upgrade any quicker though. But honestly, there isn’t much ICS will bring to the table that I can’t wait for.

  • Anonymous

    /not even surprised

  • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

    I love a good horse race.

  • http://twitter.com/shehippie shehippie

    *sigh*

  • FortitudineVincimus

    wow, I must admit, that is a bit of a shock. I honestly assumed many of these guys were waiting and ready but just had to wait for the golden child phone to hit first. 4-6 months is steep. real steep.

    But that being said, I bet all “new” phones – the ones of real value – will have it right off the bat in 2012.

    • babadush

      Like how the Charge, and Thunderbolt had gingerbread right off the bat?

    • Dominick DeVito

      I wouldn’t say that just yet – I’m sure OEMs are testing ICS but that doesn’t guarantee the first phones in 2012 will have it

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net Chase Johnson

    any word on a list of phones getting the update yet?

  • Jacob W

    And now, I’m officially not waiting for the D4

    • Anonymous

      D4 probably won’t get ICS until until summer lol

  • Anonymous

    i love how they reference the “Motorola Android Software Upgrade News” page, which they already haven’t updated for the Bionic or RAZR etc.  keep checking that for the next 8 months and you’ll be set.

  • Anonymous

    This is hilarious considering we know dev’s will smoke Verizon’s timeline.  Just further proves that big business doesn’t = efficiency 

    • Zebra

      Except devs don’t have to support millions of paying customers. 

    • a software guy

      How many of you bitching about this have ever shipped software? I’m not talking about script kiddies and/or hacking PHP or even CyanogenMod. I’m talking about something that PAYING customers will use and depend on.

      It takes time to get it right.

      Would you like to have it in 8 weeks if that means 6 months worth of incremental bug fixes until it’s finally stable? Techy hacker types don’t mind, but the other 99% of Verizon’s customers don’t want stuff that is going to break their phones and make life miserable.

      Get over yourselves. Everything in life doesn’t happen immediately and sometimes things cost more that $0.99!!

      • Anonymous

        You’ve got to be kidding. Verizon releases terribly coded software constantly. The biggest problem is they’re even slower at fixing said software.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t mind the kiddies.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll tell you how this is going to go..  XOOM1 will be updated to build of 3.X.X and then will get the OG treatment.  By June 2012 Moto will EOL it, not ICS it.  We will have to look to developers to keep it up to date.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    By the time they release it Google will already be announcing Jellybean.

    • Anonymous

      most definitely.  i have a feeling ICS is going to take a little longer than their usual, brisk 6-8 month delay.

    • Anonymous

      but then the nexus will be outdated. GS3 will come out pretty soon.

      • Guest

        WRONG!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

         and guess what your precious RAZR will also be outdated.

        • Anonymous

          every device is outdated it. You need to be smart and make sure that you will love the device that you are buying for 1 or 2 years. I can always replace my bionic for another motorola beast or maybe GS3 if samsung get their act together. They seem to be playing kids game.

          • Guest

            eat shit and bark at the moon loser!!!

      • Guest

        …… major fuckking loser!!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001789436812 Ethan Shrago

        The Nexus is already outdated. lol

  • David Oliver

    They should not have set everyone’s expectations at 6 weeks after ICS release!

    • Anonymous

      They never said ICS will be out in six weeks after source. They said they will announce when and what devices 6 weeks after source was released.

  • Anonymous

    Does the Xoom get updates from Google because it is a pure Android device, or do they still have to come through Moto?  Even if so, that should be a pretty basic process.  If ICS is already running for Asus on the Transformer, it couldn’t that hard to implement on a 10″ tablet.  Besides, they have to update the stupidly-named XYBoards to ICS, too, and they should be able to use the same stuff.

    Now, if they try to put some kind of skin on ICS for the Xoom, I’ll be pissed (assuming it can’t be disabled/hidden).

  • FugginBojangles

    Here’s an idea Moto… quit releasing so many different devices!
    I think I am officially sold on the idea of never buying a Motorola phone ever again.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah… buy an HTC phone instead, where you will wait 4-6 months for them to say, “No it won’t be upgraded” and then bow to pressure and say, “Nevermind, it will be upgraded”, then another 3 months for it to be upgraded.

    • Anonymous

      exactly how i feel sir

  • Austinrgoebel

    That want that exchange policy through the 15th of January is for

  • Anonymous

    Dear Motorola, stop messing with customizations (and bloatwares). You can’t do a better job than Google. Just release the damn updates.

    • Anonymous

      Can’t speak for ICS but I think Moto’s homescreen/app drawer/switcher is way better than stock

      • Anonymous

        you can just get a 3rd party launcher

        • Anonymous

          True!  I actually like the moto launcher better than any of the 3rd party ones I’ve tried, tho.

          That’s why I’m really enjoying the Liberty 3 ROM… has all the goodness of stock (messaging, browser, camera, gallery) with the option to use Moto elements a la carte.

          • Anonymous

            My prediction:

            Any device with a manufacturer skin (Sense, Blur etc) will be delayed in getting ICS
            Any device with LTE will be delayed in getting ICS (remember the problems with Tegra 2 + LTE earlier this year?)
            Any device with a microSD slot will be delayed in getting ICS (again, remember the endless problems with the Xoom and its expansion slot?)

            Moral of this story:  Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S will be the only official ICS game in town for quite a while!  But to be perfectly honest, I never expected anything to the contrary.  Just one more reason Google should never have even bothered with Honeycomb and should have just jumped straight to ICS as soon as possible. 

          • Anonymous

            I believe the external storage issues have been addressed in ICS, so hopefully the microSD part of your prediction won’t pan out :)

          • Anonymous

            They keep improving and improving unlike samsung, they still have all their devices with weak radios, bad gps and plastic build quality.

          • Guest

            …………

        • Anonymous

          The skin on the Razr is so fast and easy to use that i got rid of go launcher.

          • Guest

            ……

      • Anonymous

        i was surprised at how much i really did like moto’s launcher and homescreen customizations.. i used them for almost 3 months on my bionic and only recently installed a 3rd party launcher.  i wish they wouldn’t have done the blue blur for gingerbread (although still cool, i like stock black & green), and i wish the dock was much more customizable.  then i probably wouldn’t have minded using it whatsoever.

      • Anonymous

        this is what i have been saying. The geeks that want to put moto skin down are retards.

        • Guest

          ……

      • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

         and ICS’s is better then that. Motos app drawer sucks. Its like its a seperate app and doesn’t come up instantly like all other phones. Stock ICS will always be the best.

        • Anonymous

          Except for that god awful search bar taking up space that you can’t remove in ICS and sidescrolling app drawer like Moto’s.

  • http://twitter.com/icecolddemon Phil Oakley

    It’s Motogoog…will it have Blur? Hmm. Hope not.

    • Jeff Calander

      Its not Motogoog until the goobermint gets out of the way.

      And it will most certainly have Blur.

    • Anonymous

      it always has blur. goddamn blur never stops.

  • Jeff

    Oh well… at the current rate of development I’ll have a fully functional (and stock) ICS rom running on my BIONIC before the Nexus even releases… With ZumoCast even!

  • Anonymous

    4-6 months. Hmmm. So I guess the Razr will get ICS before the G-Nex is released…

    • Anonymous

      Nexus will be release 2013 lol

      • Guest

        HA! HA! angelFAGITT77… 6 month LOL!.  guess what!!! you were WRONG AGAIN!!!! LOSER!!!

        • Anonymous

          Get updated with your insults please. You really can’t use terms like that anymore. Not being PC, it just doesn’t work, and makes you sound dumb.

          • Guest

            i guess you’ve mistake me for someone that gives a shitt!

          • Fattie McDoogles

            you mad bro?

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

          • Fattie McDoogles

            nah. more of an a-hole bro. its ok. dont be mad you were wrong bro.

          • Guest

            sorry dude i’m never wrong. :)

          • Anonymous

            Remember, it isn’t a lie if you believe it bro.

      • Guest

        flag it again assholess!! 

      • Guest

        ….. go slurp some cum up loser. 

    • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

       No more like a week.

    • Noyfb

      when an update comes out, it takes a minimum of 4-6 months for motorola to screw it up enough for their products, this coming from experience with my moto droids i have, and will never buy again.

      • none

        Motorola Mobility is owned by Google. In a couple of years they will be the Nexus Line even if they have to share the spotlight with a manufacturer that earned it. But Google will make sure the phones are ready for their OS updates

        • Foseph

          The purchase isn’t even close to final.  Motorola Mobility shareholders just approved the sale in late November.  It’s going to take months before regulators approve the sale – and that is regulators in every country where Google and Motorola do business.

          • Bholley757

            And the EU is having a field day with that. Stating that they need to see certain “classified” documents before they can approve the deal. So basically until the EU decides to say yay or nay on the deal then thats when we shall no. Smart move by google though.

  • Anonymous

    If I didnt have a massive reason to buy the GNex before, here’s the perfect example.

    • Anonymous

      lol Moto has the best build quality and hardware, which is more important than software.

      • Anonymous

        Build quality is only good if the phone software actually works. And blur is a nightmare.

        • Robbie Gerling

          the nexus release is a nightmare, given that its only in our minds with nothing official :D
          motoblur is a ALL-DAY-AND-NIGHT-MARE imo

        • Bholley757

          Blur was a nightmare. Motorola Applications Platform is much much better.

      • Guest

        ……

      • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

        No I would say software is more important. If you have crappy software then whats the use in having good hardware.

        • Anonymous

          yea, i know but moto does not have crappy software anymore. motoblur used to lag on 1 g mhz and 516 of ram. They hit it off with the 1 g dual core 1 ddr2 ram :)Tell me which skin is better right now than moto’s? Its not sense 3.5 nor ugly touch wiz.

          • Evileclipse

            Although you don’t agree, most people would take sense 3.5 over blur any day.

          • Guest

            SURE WOULD!!! but you will never get it thru this dumbass cum slurping moto nut hugging faggitt’s brain.  he’s a major fuckking loser!!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001789436812 Ethan Shrago

            i would

          • Guest

            ………

          • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

            Stock.

          • Anonymous

            old stock android was so boring. Lets see what ICS has to offer.

        • Anonymous

          yea, i know but moto does not have crappy software anymore. motoblur used to lag on 1 g mhz and 516 of ram. They hit it off with the 1 g dual core 1 ddr2 ram :)Tell me which skin is better right now than moto’s? Its not sense 3.5 nor ugly touch wiz.

          • Guest

            ……you have no clue what you are talking about cum slurper!!!

      • http://twitter.com/TheBigNoob Ryan Fraser

        Did you know Samsung had better screen and SoC tech to run the software? AMAZING. Trolorota 

      • Jake Lipson

        no true at all. whats hardware with bad software

        • Anonymous

          who told you moto’s hardware is bad? You need to play with the razr so you can see how amazing it is.

  • jojo4747

    Well all I know is that hashcode will have a more than stable build for my d3 by then, screw motorola lol

    • Anonymous

      Exactly – pretty soon from the looks of it.  I just installed his preview release on my D3 this morning and it’s really promising!

  • Anonymous

    Another huge reason I’ll never buy another Motorola device, unless of course the Google acquisition improves things in the future. I love Motorola hardware but their turtles pace is completely unacceptable in these days of fast moving technology.

    • Anonymous

      they’re too busy releasing 15,349 phones a week to work on upgrading existing ones…

      • Anonymous

        They release a lot of devices in Verizon, but HTC release a device weekly in all of the other carriers.

        • Guest

          …..

        • Guest

          ………..

    • Kierra

      What other OEM does it better?

      • Anonymous

        apple?  *bites tongue*

        • Anonymous

          although no one likes to admit it, it’s true. Granted apple has a few phones compared to the number of android phones out there, but apple commits to executing well, while Android OEMs continue to focus on selling volume rather than supporting existing customers. Contracts screw the customer because we have to take it for at least two years.

          • Anonymous

            wordup

        • http://www.facebook.com/ErikB.Thomas Erik Thomas

          Its a little different. They develop their os specifically for the phone. Google develops android, and oems have to make it work for their hardware. it would work a little easier if hardware was integrated with simple to install drivers like on pcs.

          • Anonymous

            yeah i know.  but like hiimdh pointed out, if android OEMs focused on quality over quantity, it might be a better looking situation.  unfortunately, right now motorola and others seem to be focusing on pumping out as many garbage phones as possible with no regard for follow-up support (or even having them work correctly at launch, you might argue)

    • Anonymous

      Why do you feel the nexus has not been released yet lol?

      • Guest

        don’t cry like a little bitch because you were WRONG!!!! AS USUAL!!! LOSER!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

         Moto and Google have nothing to do with each other.

        • Anonymous

          all i am saying google needs to step up their game already and stop playing kids game.

          • Guest

            …………

    • SamIam

      In reality, aside from the Nexus line, which are updated directly from Google, Motorola is the fastest with getting updates to users. 

  • Anonymous

    Inserting obligatory ‘probably quicker than the Nexus release” jokes here…

    • Fatty Bunter

      Inserting obligatory obligatory comment here

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

      Giving the obligatory like for Nexus joke.

    • Anonymous

      Inserting obligatory “you mad bro?” comment here…

      • Robbie Gerling

        reluctantly inserting obligatory “you a dick bro?” comment here

        (to give everyone a well-rounded chuckle after reading this and hearing the gnex was delayed, again…)

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/UBBGHECM7XI5UA272WY6YSCGPQ Sandeep Shetty

          …………….

  • Jamie

    So they go over the internal parts of preparing ICS for their devices, but don’t explain the actual upgrade process for the end user.  “By the way, your phone is going to look, feel, operate, and sound different when we’re done.  And you may or may not lose all your apps.”  I’d just like to see how they will pull this one off, unless the use of a computer is required. 

  • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 iPhoneDoesnt

    Ya this sucks, I got my whole fam on Droid X’s last xmas, I doubt they will ever see ICS… if they don’t some of them might turn to iOS. My brother in law has a X and a iPone for work and he kinda likes iOS better, just easier for him…. ICS could sway him but not if he never gets it on his X before his new upgrade late next year…

  • http://wwjronline.com Wayne W.

    This

  • Anonymous

    4-6 months for motorola means 1 month for android devs to get it on the droids

    • Nate Baily

      your comment is good, but the like is for your name

    • Anonymous

      It is not the official update anyways. I do not want anything to do with rooting, that is overrated by now.

      • Guest

        …..

      • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

         Ok have fun waiting 4-6 months for ICS when you could get it in 1 month or just get a nexus and have all updates first.

        • Anonymous

          if it was made by moto anytime.

          • Guest

            ……

          • Guest

            …….

          • Christopher Riner

            Angelface.  Moto’s toughguy.

            That like came from me buddy.

          • Anonymous

            thanks man ! do you have the razr as well?

      • Guest

        major loser.

  • EyeLovesGingerGirls

    Angelface will be sad.
    Oh yeah… HA HAAAA

    • Anonymous

      LOL I was just about to post that!

    • Anonymous

      Why will i be sad? I am rocking the second best UI right now. You are still waiting for your nexus lol.

      • Anonymous

        I can’t really say 2nd best… Let’s see

        1.Stock ICS
        2.Stock Honeycomb
        3.Stock Gingerbread
        4. Asus Tweaked Honeycomb
        5. Sense GB
        6. MotoBlur GB

        Take out the Honeycomb and it’s still #4

        • Anonymous

          You think Sense is better?  LOL.

      • Guest

        WRONG AGAIN!!!

      • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

        Yea when it comes out in a week we have the 1st best and you will have to wait for 4-6 months to get it.

        • Anonymous

          if we have to wait 4 months, what about the gs2 lol? i am good with moto skin :)ICS has a lot of bugs anyways.

          • Guest

            …… WRONG AGAIN!!!

          • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

             Like?

          • Anonymous

            You know it lol. Why do you think the nexus has been delayed?

          • Ben

            Answer the question…

            I can’t say it isn’t buggy, I’ve never used it. You can’t say it is buggy, you’ve clearly never used it either. None of us have used ICS, but from the countless demos I’ve seen, it seems pretty bug-free.

          • Anonymous

            it looks nice, but moto’s ics will be just as nice. The GB 2.3.5 on the razr is amazing. We have the best music player beating everybody:) It is faster than sense 3.5 and touchwiz too.

          • Anonymous

            A music player and it’s faster then other skinned players… That’s all you got?

          • Anonymous

            If you know about tech. You can search it yourself all the specs and features that the razr has.

          • Anonymous

            I have, and none of it points to the Razr being any more amazing than other phones being released (besides the fact it does look fantastic)

          • Anonymous

            look at the whole package. I am enjoying my beast whereas many nexus geeks are waiting for the nexus lol :)

          • Anonymous

            The I already have it doesn’t really workon Nexus fans… 

          • Anonymous

            Razr, droid 4 and rezound is the way to go period. The nexus is over hyped.

      • Guest

        WRONG!!! AGAIN!!! cum sucker!!!

      • Guest

        ……..

  • http://profiles.google.com/mediogringo Dan Carter

    Sorry, but people buying Razrs and Rezounds thinking they would get an upgrade in Jan are misinformed. Now that ICS is out, it’s Nexus from now on.

  • JMac726

    Reason #1 why I want a Nexus…Not just for ICS but all future Google releases

    • eddieonofre

      I am not so sure look at how long is taking verizon to release teh phone, don’t you think verizon is “testing” the nexus as well as it would test any motorola update for the droids, teh fact that verizon is adding its stuff to the GNexus means that the GNexus is no longer stock android so any update will have to pass trough verizon as well

      • Anonymous

        You’re wrong, updates will come straight from Google. VZW adding two apps is not gonna effect updates…

      • Anonymous

        And that’s why you download it directly from Google. Don’t wait for the OTA

        • eddieonofre

          True but somehow seems that Verizon is putting its hands on it, but not sure.

  • Brady McEwen

    and that’s why I’m getting a nexus

    • http://www.facebook.com/Rafita.Sandoval Rafa Sandoval

      …….in 4-6 months lol

      • Anonymous

        I lol’d

    • Whalo

      I’m using a RAZR until the nexus comes out but I had been thinking about keeping it because the VZW man said “they just announced ICS would be on the RAZR by middle January”. I expressed my doubts but he was pretty convinced. Looks like I’ll probably return this phone after all.

      • Anonymous

        VZW don’t know any more than the blogs do. Remember Moto will have Blur on ICS, it will take time to move it to the new system, and when it finally makes it to the RAZR it will run much better on the Nexus as it has had so much time for tweaks.

        • Anonymous

          Though I did hear Moto might decrypt the bootloader signature when they release ICS. That’s all I ask for.

  • Anonymous

    4-6 months is ridiculous.

    3rd party devs will have this ported to multiple devices in 1-2 months, yet moto takes more than twice as long, and in the end, you still get buggy software. 

  • C-Law

    This makes me laugh, sucks for people not roming. Of course I’m also laughing at how painful this whole experience has been waiting for the Nexus so I can give up my OG Droid

  • http://twitter.com/eatmode4life Ray Mendoza

    In other news, part time Android Developers will have the update ready about a month after the PUBLIC release of ICS.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the Galaxy Nexus still has a chance at being the first ICS device in the US after all!

  • Anonymous

    This is why it still makes sense to wait for Nexus, amiright?

    • http://www.facebook.com/kittygetwet James Sorensen

      waiting about the same amount of time!

      • Anonymous

        ok. you’ve replied this same statement to like 20 other people already. we get it. but what you don’t get it is that when there are new versions or iterations of Android, the Nexus devices will get them way before other OEMs port it.

        Galaxy Nexus S will have ICS months before other phones get updated to it.

  • Anonymous

    Not to sure if I’m excited about this or not…

  • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

    Haha. What a slow process. The Nexus S will have ICS less than 2 months after release. 2 months vs. 6+ clearly shows the advantage of owning a Nexus device.

    I know the Galaxy Nexus LTE delays suck as they come one after another, but even if this phone is 1-2 months delayed, it’ll still get the next version of Android 2-4+ months sooner than ANY Motorola phone. It’s a sad reality, but it just goes to show: wait for your Nexus now so you don’t have to wait for your software upgrade later.

    • Chad

      Yeah, but I’ll be 1 1/2 – 2 months closer to an upgrade then Galaxy Nexus owners. And if you say no big deal look at all the children in the comment sections crying bloody hell when a phone is delayed another week. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    My droid X????? :[

    • Dan

      XDA is your friend, Moto will not get to the X.

  • Anonymous

    It’s amazing that it takes that long for verizon to test. When apple updates the iphone, does it need to also go through a 2-3 month testing phase?  I dont know how people can wait for oem/carrier updates. Rooting or a Nexus is the only way to go.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joel.gautraud Joel Gautraud

      You know what has me worried? Will the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon receive updates the same time all the other Galaxy Nexuses?

      Or will Verizon make all Nexus updates go through them and their certification process?

      • Calvin Williams

        Google updates the phone directly.

        • Anonymous

          no they don’t. google only updates nexus phones directly. wait, no. i already know what your about to say, i know it. “oh google owns moto mobility now hurdurdur”, yes yes this is true, but moto still develops the software for there phones, not elgoog. unfortunately that is not the case. otherwise all motorola phones would be shipping with stock.

          • Anonymous

            umm.. i think they’re only talking about the samsung nexus.

    • Peter Kelly

      Apple spends at least 6 weeks of every upgrade cycle trying to find a phone left in a bar.

      • Anonymous

        And the first 10 1/2 months checking out Android and the iOS jailbreak community for “innovations.”

    • Jim Ortmeier

      Before this year, Apple had one OS upgrade per year for one phone on one carrier. This year they bumped the carrier count to three. Google has one OS upgrade per year for around 20 different phones by 4 different manufacturers on 4 different carriers. Which sounds easier to you?

      • Henrik

        Jim, you are a bit provincial in your thinking.

        Globally, Apple is present in around 100 countries addressing a multitude of operators. Why Apple have it soft is because they basically do one single product since 2007 (albeit with some manageable HW variations).

        But you are right in the Google setup being much more complex, since they have to channel everything (yes, even the “Google” branded devices) through the OEMs. And BTW, there are 10+ OEMs doing hundreds of Android devices for 30+ operators. The U.S. operators are not even on the global top ten list in terms of subscriber count.

  • Anonymous

    And other OEMs don’t do any better at it. At least Moto is explaining the process. Google needs to take steps to make the process more streamlined.

    • Tommy Thompson

      It isn’t Googles problem that Moto, Sammy, and HTC all decided to build custom interfaces on top of Android.

      • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

        Exactly! If the manufacturers stopped “differentiating” and started just putting stock Android (which as of Gingerbread/ICS is a pretty solid offering that isn’t really missing anything important), they could skip an entire 2-3 months of the process for upgrading devices, which would essentially make the upgrade process go nearly as quickly as it would for any Nexus device.

        • bigrob60

          But then they couldn’t force people to buy a new phone for the new OS version. 

        • Anonymous

          It’s funny that a vanilla ROM would be a differentiator in these times. LG did it with the G2X and it became a major selling feature. I, for one, would love it if all manufacturers came out with a “vanilla option” for their handsets; wouldn’t be hard to do since the kernel is built for a stock ROM and then they throw their tweaks on top of it.

          If not for us geeks, do it for the children, Motorola.

  • Anonymous

    One more reason to get a G-Nex :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/kittygetwet James Sorensen

      at about the same time the others are updated?

      • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

         Nope in about a week.

  • neverknow

    Oh Moto… this is news. Just not good news.

    • Anonymous

      This isn’t news, it should have been obvious.  Seriously, it took what, like 9 months for the Droid2 (which launched Froyo) to get Gingerbread?

      Anyone who seriously thought any current Motorola device would get ICS in 1st quarter was lying to themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Its posts like this that make me realize I’ll be biting the bullet and rooting my XOOM sooner rather than later

    • Tommy Thompson

      the tablets will be a quicker, easier update because there isn’t a custom UI. XOOM was also the reference tablet for Honeycomb so it shouldn’t have any customizations on it to cause it any update problems.

      • Anonymous

        isn’t a custom UI [yet].  that fugly onslaught is only beginning…..

    • Anonymous

      root it dude.. i didn’t think i had a need for it but then finally did it in October for the overclocking.. you can get that puppy up to 1.7 ghz, and like 1.4 is pretty damn stable too.  super smooth.  and the guides are pretty straightforward.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not worried about the process, I rooted my Incredible before the one click was available, I just never felt the need to with the Tablet as much as I did with the phone. 

        • Anonymous

          yeah, exactly my dilemma.. got the wifi-only in april and didn’t really see a need for it.  kind of sucked having to start from scratch after unlocking the bootloader, but i feel more free in a way.  and like i said, even the little extra overclocking makes it smoother.  it’s nice.