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Bionic, Thunderbolt, Revolution, Galaxy Tab 10.1 unlikely to get ICS, but will get mild upgrade

Top Android-centric blog Droid Life has picked up an interesting tidbit from "Redditor" "DroidTosser", who posted screenshots purportedly from Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD).

America's top carrier appears to be preparing Ice Cream Sandwich updates to three phones -- the Motorola RAZR, RAZR MAXX, and Rezound by HTC Corp. (TPE:2498)-- as well as a tablet, the Motorola Xoom 3G/4G.

One might suspect that Google Inc. (GOOG) who has almost acquired Motorola, might be playing a bit of favorites, upgrading its soon-to-be-subsidiary to Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" first.  That may be the case, but at least one major Motorola handset -- the Bionic -- appears not to be getting the ICS bump.

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Some VZW devices -- mostly from Motorola will get a May ICS bump. [Source: DroidTosser]

VZW reportedly has milder Gingerbread updates in testing for the Bionic and for other handsets.  Those handsets also include the Revolution from LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570) (aka, the LG Esteem), HTC Thunderbolt, and Xperia Play from Sony Corp. (TYO:6758).

In a move that's sure to raise some eyebrows, VZW is not giving the Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- which was long reported as the best-selling Android tablet -- an Ice Cream Sandwich update yet, despite giving one to Xoom -- a notorious sales flop.

Are Google and Verizon Wireless giving Motorola "favored nation" status?  You decide.

But for the lucky recipients, the testing should be complete by 5/17, with the Rezound's testing being finished early (5/7).  Thus users can expect within three weeks or so to be sporting the hot new ICS OS, which features a slew of improvements in terms of user interface and core apps over Android 2.3 "Gingerbread", the prior phone release.

Source: Reddit via Droid Life



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Verizon and Google giving a pass?
By seamonkey79 on 4/27/2012 5:52:25 PM , Rating: 3
Or Samsung not creating an update... my Tab Plus has no update, and nothing else of that generation does... Samsung isn't updating and has nothing to do with Verizon or Google...




RE: Verizon and Google giving a pass?
By Jeffk464 on 4/27/2012 7:59:13 PM , Rating: 3
Just go to http://forum.xda-developers.com/index.php, you should be able to find a custom rom thats more up to date. Manufacturers don't want to support their phones, they just want to sell no product.


By seamonkey79 on 4/28/2012 11:07:35 AM , Rating: 2
I spend lots of time there, and I've got a Sense-less ICS ROM running on my Rezound already. The point I was making, though, is that HTC and Motorola already have some ICS stuff going on with their generational products, whereas Samsung instead came out with a new tablet and new phones, while not having and upgrade plans for the older ones.


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