No Android 4.0 ICS Updates for Motorola Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G

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)

Source: Motorola via GSM Arena

6 Replies to “No Android 4.0 ICS Updates for Motorola Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G”

  1. I’m done with Motorola as well. I bought my Photon 4G with the promise that the ICS update would roll out in Q4, 2012. 3 days befor roll out is to begin, they pull the ICS update. This is my first & last Motorola phone.


    Moto yanked a promised update, and they say “we can’t change the past”… Well, Moto, this phone is my ‘today’, even if it is your ‘past’. This is unforgivable as it was a committed update. I am done with Moto and their games with their customers.

    Former Motorola customer.

  3. I’m pretty sure it’s not Google’s fault we don’t get updates, its the fault of the manufactures and carriers. Nexus phones are the only ones updated directly by Google, and the Galaxy Nexus was the first phone to get Jelly Bean.

  4. Very disappointing that Motorola ditched ATRIX 4G users. They promised that ICS update will rollout in Q3 2012 and now they ve backed off. Never buying a motorola phone again

  5. Maybe the real problem is with Google and Android. Google doesn’t really care which phones get updated. They only care about how many phones have Android installed on it. At the last Google I/O conference they said 1 million Android devices are activated everyday. Do you think they are all ICS or Jelly(has)been. NO. Probably the majority are 2.3 Gingerbread. The numbers are inflated just to make them look like Android is superior to iOS in popularity. Well fellow Android suckers, Google gives out open source Android to cheap Chinese manufacturers for free and these manufacturers flood the market with crap devices. We are all being brought into the Android whirlpool and where soon all our money and time will get sucked into it. Just stop and consider how risky it is to buy an Android phone with the hope that you will get some kind of update next year. It is just ridiculous, and you think Google really cares whether your phone gets updated? You have to admit Apple makes Google look like a huge stinking dung pile when it comes to updating and support their products. I know it’s painful to swallow, but at least you know that the money you have invested into a new Apple product results in getting a few updates that improve/fix the product. Google is just causing a disposable phone industry to develop and they don’t really care. They are all about the numbers and the money that is flowing out of our accounts into Google’s. I’m beginning to think Google has made me a sucker!!! No more Android for me.

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