A very disconcerting trend could be developing in the aftermath of three Motorola devices having been announced as not eligible for an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. These three Android 2.3 Gingerbread devices, the Motorola Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G, were supposed to receive Ice Cream Sandwich at some point in the future.
Unfortunately that wasn’t the case after all, as last week, Motorola announced that the devices won’t be receiving any upgrade to ICS whatsoever.
At this point, there are still a few Gingerbread phones that haven’t gotten Ice Cream Sandwich despite promises of a third quarter 2012 rollout. Most notable among them are the HTC Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt and the Motorola Droid Bionic.
Sadly, the only incredible thing has been how long Droid Incredible 2 users (and Thunderbolt/Droid Bionic users) have had to wait for these updates – incredibly long. All three phones were slated for an ICS update sometime in the third quarter of 2012, with the Droid Bionic due to receive its update in the early part of the quarter. So far, HTC hasn’t provided any news regarding the updates for the Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt.
Motorola had promised a few weeks back that ICS will roll out instead in Q4 2012 for Droid Bionic owners.
So does that mean that the aforementioned phones will join the Atrix 4G, Electrify and Photon 4G as Gingerbread phones for life?
It’s too early to tell. With all the canned replies to customer queries, especially on HTC’s Facebook page, we won’t be surprised if the updates arrive towards the end of 2012, if they ever come at all.