Unless you’ve got some highly nostalgic tendencies, we all want the latest and greatest updates to our mobile platforms of choice, and we want them as soon as possible. The ongoing struggle to convince OEMs and carriers to be timely with the release of these updates is a source of strife for many of us, so we’re always eager to hear of changes that could mean the chance for us to get our hands on these updates just a little faster. To that end, Motorola just announced its new Test Drive program, supposed to give interested users a chance at some early access to future updates, but is this really anything different from what the company’s already doing?
Details are slim for the moment, but Motorola describes Test Drive as a program that will give a few hundred users of particular handsets early access to major Android updates, in the hopes of getting feedback from them before mass distribution begins.
That sounds cool, but anyone who’s been following Motorola for a while now is well familiar with the soak tests the company regularly conducts prior to an update’s release, where it would also invite a small number of interested users to try the code out early.
Maybe Test Drive is just a re-branding of that old strategy, or an attempt to make it more publicly visible, but for the moment we’re left scratching our head as to what might have actually changed.