Motorola ICS update to skip older handsets

Summary:Motorola has provided Ice Cream Sandwich update details for devices such as the Razr, Xoom and Xoom 2, but has said it will not be bringing ICS to older devices. The Motorola Xoom 2 is set to get an update to ICS in Q3 2012The company reaffirmed on Friday that it would begin delivering the ICS update for the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi-only version and Motorola Razr smartphone in the Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region during the second quarter of the year.

Motorola has provided Ice Cream Sandwich update details for devices such as the Razr, Xoom and Xoom 2, but has said it will not be bringing ICS to older devices.

The Motorola Xoom 2 is set to get an update to ICS in Q3 2012

The company reaffirmed on Friday that it would begin delivering the ICS update for the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi-only version and Motorola Razr smartphone in the Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region during the second quarter of the year.

Updates for the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition are still scheduled to arrive in the third quarter of the year.

However, the company also confirmed that it would not be delivering the ICS update for a number of its older handsets, including the more business-focused Motoluxe and Pro+, which will remain on Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread.

In a separate blog post, the company explained the decision to not bring software updates to its older handsets.

"You may be wondering why all devices aren't being upgraded to Android 4.0. Here's the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update," Motorola said in the post. "Obviously we want the new release to improve our devices. If we determine that can't be done—well then, we're not able to upgrade that particular device."

Other handsets remaining on Android 2.3 include, the Defy +, Defy Mini and the Milestone 2. The original Defy will remain on Android 2.2, Motorola confirmed, along with the Motorola Pro.

Photo credit: Motorola

Topics: Mobility

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