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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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Not missing much it looks like....
By 1ceTr0n on 4/27/2012 9:50:46 PM , Rating: 1
Verizon basically refused to get a version of the Galaxy Note, and I wanted it really badly to replace my aged Droid X. So I switched to AT&T last week and got a sexy white Note at Costco with accessories and waived activation fee from Costco for $250. Freaking love this huge thing!




RE: Not missing much it looks like....
By Chadder007 on 4/28/2012 12:21:19 PM , Rating: 2
This is exactly my situation. I have an X but want the Note also.


By Cheesew1z69 on 4/28/2012 10:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
Same


RE: Not missing much it looks like....
By retrospooty on 4/29/2012 1:25:47 PM , Rating: 2
"Verizon basically refused to get a version of the Galaxy Note"

I had heard its coming soon to Verizon... Either the note or a similar product under a different name. Hopefully we will get a newer more efficient CPU on it as well.


By Lanister on 4/30/2012 12:07:18 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Droid X and am up for an upgrade in 4 months so I asked 3 different verizon stores and was told the same thing in all 3, Verizon decided not to get the phone. It seems like they all got a script as they all basically said the same thing "Verizon doesn't believe there is high enough demand for a phone like that", so don't get your hopes up.


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