It's Just Sad Google's Motorola Can't Keep Android Phones Updated

Dennis Woodside Google MotorolaMotorola CEO Dennis Woodside.

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Happy Q4 Android fans.Remember when Motorola said it’d update many popular Android phones to a newer version called Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of Q3? Well, now that Q3 is over, Motorola has changed its software update roadmap (which we found from Ars Technica), forever dooming some big-name devices to a nearly two-year-old version of Android called Gingerbread.

Phones like the Droid 3, Atrix 4G, and Photon 4G, all top-of-the-line phones when they were released last year, will never get the update to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Even worse, other premium Motorola phones won’t get Ice Cream Sandwich until later this year, a full year after Google released Ice Cream Sandwich. (But we’re not holding our breath that this will every actually happen based on Motorola’s track record for software updates.)

And even worse than that, Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t even the latest version of Android. Google released a new version called Jelly Bean in July.

That’s just embarrassing for Google, which bought Motorola to beef up its hardware business.┬áIf Google can’t keep its own hardware up to date, how can it expect others to do it?

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