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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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By vision33r on 4/30/2012 10:46:09 AM , Rating: 2
It is pathetic because many Android OEMs are locking bootloaders and preventing custom roms. Motorola is one of them.

Your fanboyism is why the likes of you think Android is winning. Giving away free Android devices is not exactly winning. If Android is winning and beating iOS, why is Apple raking in almost 3x the quarterly profit compared to Google?

Almost 70% of the profit Apple takes in are from iOS devices.

Android's "Zerg" strategy clearly in only winning low-cost solutions and means tiny profit margins.


By Rukkian on 4/30/2012 11:34:00 AM , Rating: 2
Then vote with your wallet - do not muy Motorola until they change their policies. I personally wanted options and did the research, which is why I went with the GNEX. While I like the looks and feel of some Moto products, I will not buy one until they allow us to unlock it.

Moto is really the only major manufacturer not offering at least some phones that are unlocked.


By elleehswon on 4/30/2012 12:43:29 PM , Rating: 2
so, what you're telling me, is that more profit per unit = better product, and better company?

Apple: A tech company that doesn't care about specs. Because we're making more money off of you than those other companies, worship us as your God, because you have made us richer than him.


By retrospooty on 4/30/2012 4:24:23 PM , Rating: 2
"many Android OEMs are locking bootloaders and preventing custom roms. Motorola is one of them"

Really? My Moto Droid 3 runs Cyanogenmod just fine. I have never had an issue nor heard of an un-rootable Android phone.

"Your fanboyism is why the likes of you think Android is winning. Giving away free Android devices is not exactly winning. If Android is winning and beating iOS, why is Apple raking in almost 3x the quarterly profit compared to Google? Almost 70% of the profit Apple takes in are from iOS devices."


Then by all means, YOU go buy yourself an iPhone. I don't care about Apple/Samsung/Google's profits. I want the best phone I can get at a good price. To me that is likely going to be a Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note. As far as winning, I mean number of phones sold and users in the field. If you want to talk profits, yes Apple is clearly raking it in. That doesnt make me want to buy an iPhone, and it doesnt change the aging IOS with outdated UI and small screen.


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