Of all the major smartphone manufacturers, Motorola has been running near the front of the pack when it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich. Last month, we saw the company release an Android 4.0 upgrade for its Xoom tablet, soundly putting it ahead of the curve. Now we’re just waiting for similar updates to start arriving for the rest of the company’s smartphone and tablet lineup. While other manufacturers have revealed bits and pieces of their strategies for releasing Ice Cream Sandwich updates, Motorola just outdid itself by updating a hugely comprehensive breakdown of the upgrade status for its whole line of Androids with ICS news.
Just having access to this information is fantastic news, and assuming Motorola keeps on top of keeping it up-to-date, it should remain a great resource for the coming months as more and more of these ICS updates arrive.
Unfortunately, Motorola isn’t too optimistic about its ability to get these updates released in a timely fashion, and it’s reflected on the timeline. Many devices are slated to not start getting their updates until sometime in Q3, starting to come up on a year since Google first announced Android 4.0. There are also many models where Motorola has yet to come to a decision about how, or if, Ice Cream Sandwich will arrive, and there’s always the possibility that some of those could arrive even later in 2012, if not early 2013. Many of the handsets that have their fates up in the air at the moment are those with only 512MB of RAM.
Let’s hope this sets a precedent, and other manufacturers release similarly detailed summaries of their ICS update goals.