Motorola is not known for its timely updates, not since it got into Android at least. But since Google announced its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, we were hoping for things to change. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen drastic changes in that department yet. Companies like Samsung and HTC are still first to roll out updates to their respective lineup of smartphones. That’s not to say that Motorola has completely shied away from rolling out updates. The company did roll out Android 4.0 for selected handsets. And now the company has announced the Android 4.1 roll out schedule for eligible smartphones. As you would expect, the U.S market will be the first to receive the said update. Devices like the Droid Razr M, Atrix HD, Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr Maxx HD will receive the update. It must be noted that the Droid Razr M has already received the said update last month, and the remaining devices mentioned above will receive the update notification this month. For a change, Verizon’s devices are getting the update first, which is something we didn’t see with the Samsung Galaxy S III as the carrier still doesn’t have the update for that smartphone. Motorola has specified that the Electrify M on U.S Cellular will get the update in the first quarter of 2013.
The Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, Photon Q, Electrify 2, Droid Bionic and Droid 4 will also get the update, but the exact date hasn’t been mentioned. It’s really commendable how Motorola is offering the Jelly Bean update to relatively older devices too. Canadian Razr HD and Atrix HD smartphones will receive the said update in Q1, 2013. So that deals with the American roll out schedule of the update.
In regions like Europe, Africa and Middle East, the Razr and Razr Maxx will get the update somewhere in the future. The Razr HD in these regions will get the update this month while the Intel based Razr i will receive the update in Q1 2013. In Asia however, devices like the Razr M, Razr and Razr HD will get the update on an unspecified date and depending on countries and carriers. However, for unlocked devices, the roll out process should go pretty breezily and on schedule. Similarly in Mexico and Latin American countries, the Razr HD, the Razr i, the Razr and the Razr Maxx will receive the update depending on when the carriers decide to roll it out. Location will be key in Asian and Latin American countries as the update could be country specific. It is expected that the company will provide more clarity when the time approaches, which should be anytime during or after Q1. So finally Motorola users have something to smile about, as most of its devices in the past were known for poor software support. Let’s hope the trend continues and as Motorola increasingly works with Google on Android development, timely updates shouldn’t be an issue at all.