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Summary: Will your Motorola device be front-of-line for some Android Ice Cream Sandwich?
Got a Motorola Droid Razr, Razr, Droid Bionic or a Xoom tablet? You’re at the front of the line for some Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) whenever it is released next year, according to Motorola’s website.
The device maker is promising to announce a timeline for your ICS upgrade (for the above four devices only) within six weeks of the operating system’s final release. In other words, the earliest these Motorola gadgets will be getting the new OS will be at least six weeks after ICS is already in the wild. That seems quick at least compared to other manufacturers who have yet to announce any timelines for the upgrade.
That said, Motorola’s reps have been very careful not to drill down to which quarter ICS will become available on tech sites. For example, the Razr won’t be getting its taste of Android 4.0 until the first half of 2012, rather than the first quarter as TechCrunch reported initially.
Of course, Motorola has many more other devices in its lineup than just the Xoom, Razr, Droid Razr and Droid Bionic but I wonder how many will be getting an official OS upgrade. Your may have better luck looking to the developer community to come up with a ROM for your device first.
We will keep you posted on ICS upgrades as they become available.
[Source: Motorola's Official Blog, TechCrunch]
Gloria Sin is a freelance journalist based in New York City.