Motorola explains why some devices won't be updated to Android 4.0

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: May 20, 2012

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A couple of days ago, Motorola updated its Android 4.0 upgrade timeline. The refresh narrowed the Ice Cream Sandwich release window for several devices, but it also revealed that some will not be receiving an ICS bump and will instead stay on Android 2.3. Shortly after updating its schedule, Motorola posted a brief explanation on why devices like the DROID 3 and DROID X2 won't be updated to Android 4.0. The company explains that it wants an update to improve the device it's being pushed to, and if it decides that a particular update wouldn't accomplish that, it decides that it's unable to upgrade that product. Moto's full statement:

"You may be wondering why all devices aren’t being upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here’s the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update. And, 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."

While it's nice of Motorola to provide a statement on why some devices won't be updated to Android 4.0, I'm guessing that it won't placate many owners of devices like the DROID X2 and DROID 3. Both devices will likely see another non-ICS update or two, but it's still kind of a bummer for their users that these phones that are a year old or less won't be bumped up to Android 4.0. How many of you own a DROID 3 or DROID X2? What do you make of Motorola's statement on updates?

Via Android Central, Motorola