Motorola's answer to Jelly Bean upgrade woes: $100 off a new phone

The Google-owned company is offering cash incentive to people who own a recent Motorola handset that won't be getting the upgrade to Android 4.1, so they can more easily buy a new Motorola phone that will get it.

Motorola is offering a $100 rebate to people in the US who own a recent Motorola phone that will not be getting an upgrade to Android 'Jelly Bean' 4.1, and who want to buy a new device from the company that will get the upgrade.

The Google-owned manufacturer said in early September that most of the devices it has sold since 2011 will get the Jelly Bean upgrade, which brings new features such as Google Now to the smartphone and tablet OS. However, in the words of a Motorola blog post on Friday, "we have a lot of ground to cover though, so we won't be getting to all devices".

"For those of you who won’t be receiving Jelly Bean, we're offering a $100 rebate when you trade up to a select new Motorola smartphone," the post read.

This deal is only available to customers in the US, although Motorola said it intended to roll out the programme to other countries "over time".

Although Jelly Bean is a significant step forward for Android, its rollout has been slow. According to Google's own figures, less than two percent of Android devices run the new version of the OS, three months after its release.

Those taking advantage of the deal will need to be buying one of these new Motorola phones, all of which are set to get Jelly Bean in early 2013: Atrix HD, Droid RAZR M, Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR MAXX HD, Electrify 2 or Photon Q.

They will need to already own one of these devices: Droid 3, Droid X2, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2, Admiral, Cliq 2, Milestone 3, Milestone X2, Electrify, Photon 4G, XPRT, Titanium or Triumph.

A full list of the Motorola devices that will get the Jelly Bean upgrade can be found here.