Slightly over a week ago, Google’s newly-acquired company, Motorola Mobility, updated a post on its website showing a list of Motorola smartphones to get updated either to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (JB). While many devices are on the list, more devices “will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)” than receive updates and three of the unfortunate ones are Motorola Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G.
Basically, the devices that will remain on Gingerbread are those that do not qualify for ICS update. For models subsidized by carriers, the decision will basically be based on mutual understanding of the manufacturer and the provider. In the case of Motorola Atrix 4G, it could be the latter affecting the decision for the update considering the device does NOT fall short of specs needed to run ICS.
Atrix 4G sports Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H chipset with dual-core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1GHz and 1GB RAM. We’ve seen devices with single-core processors and 512MB RAM run ICS without having any problems. So, Atrix 4G’s capacity is definitely out of question here. The same goes for Motorola Photon 4G, which almost has the same specs as with Atrix 4G, and Motorola Electrify that packs a Tegra 2-equivalent TI OMAP 4430 chipset with dual-core processor.
Some manufacturers have recently jumped into the “dual-core CPU bandwagon” and release devices running Android ICS as the native OS. Needless to say, smartphones with these specs have the power to run the latest Android version, even Jelly Bean. The Motorola Mobility Software Team didn’t provide explanation why these devices will be left out.
Here are other Motorola devices in the US that will remain on Gingerbread:
- CLIQ 2 (MB611)
- ADMIRAL (XT603)
- DROID 2 (A955)
- DROID 2 Global (A956)
- DROID 3 (XT862)
- DROID PRO (XT610)
- DROID X2 (MB870)
- MILESTONE 3 (XT883 / XT860 / ME863)
- MILESTONE X2 (MB867)
- MOTOROLA PRO+ (MB632)