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Motorola lays out Android 4 upgrades plans: Q2 at earliest, if at all

Motorola has laid bare the Android 4 upgrade plans for all of its recent phones, and many devices won’t get the upgrade until the third quarter of this year. Some, like the Motorola Xoom and the international version of the Motorola Droid Razr, will get the upgrades in the second quarter, and some phones under two years old may languish with Android 2.3 Gingerbread or 2.2 Froyo.

An unusual selection of devices have concrete Android 4 upgrade trajectories: the Atrix 2, Photon 4G, and Xoom 2 are all scheduled for third-quarter updates, while the higher-profile Droid Bionic, Droid Razr, and Droid Razr Maxx are still in the “evaluation and planning” stages. Given how recently these phones were released, they will definitely make the Android 4 cut; it’s just a matter of when. The year-old Atrix 4G, on the other hand, may be on the bubble, as it is now over a year old and also listed as being the “planning” stages.

Some of the company’s phones from summer 2010 seem like they will not make the cut. The Droid 2, Defy, and Droid X don’t appear to have made it to evaluation and planning considerations, but instead are listed alongside the most recent upgrade currently available (2.2 or 2.3). Of course, by the time the rest of Motorola’s devices finally receive Android 4, those phones will have release dates over two years in the past, which means it will be hardware upgrade time for most conventional owners. 

Motorola did not respond immediately to requests for comment.


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