Motorola Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Fast-Tracked for Q3
Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI), which recently received approval from U.S. and European regulatorsto to be acquired by Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), has updated its timetable for bringing Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, to its legion of Android smartphones and tablets.
Unfortunately for ICS fans, it won't be particularly soon. While the ICS bump began rolling out for the company's Xoom WiFi slate last month in the United States, the upgrade won't be arriving on many of the OEM's most popular Android gadgets until 3Q.
That includes the Motorola Atrix 4G and Atrix 2 handsets for AT&T (NYSE:T), the Photon 4G smartphone on Sprint (NYSE:S), and the Droid Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2 tablets on Verizon Wireless, all in the U.S. The ICS timeline gets murkier for many of Motorola's newest smartphones.
Motorola has affixed the "further details to follow" description about an ICS upgrade to the just-launched Droid 4 and Droid Razr Maxx, the Droid Razr, Droid Bionic and the Xoom WiFi+3G devices. The Droid 3 and Droid X2 are also on this short list.
That schedule won't satisfy many users attracted to some of the OEM's best high-end handsets, but such is the price consumers pay at a time when Android upgrades continue to be a messy affair.