Motorola has confirmed that the Atrix 4G won't be receiving an upgrade to Android 4.0 after all. The manufacturer broke the news with a recent update to its Android upgrade schedule, noting that the Atrix 4G, Electrify, and Photon 4G will all remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, rather than making the jump to Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Atrix 4G was among the handful of handsets pegged for a Q3 2012 upgrade earlier this year, when Motorola released its device roadmap. Of the three devices relegated to Gingerbread, the Atrix 4G is the oldest, having been released in early 2011. The Photon 4G hit the market in July 2011, followed by its US Cellular variant, the Electrify, a few months later. This would suggest, then, that owners of these devices would be eligible to receive the $100 credit that Motorola promised earlier this month.
Relegated to Gingerbread
The news comes as a disappointment in light of Google-owned Motorola's recent promises to offer more support for software updates. Earlier this year, CEO Dennis Woodside took the stage to tout a so-called "new" Motorola that would devote more efforts toward issues like software fragmentation. Just a few days ago, Motorola VP of product Punit Soni reassured users that his company will be more transparent about its upgrade schedule going forward, and that it remains committed to their "happiness." Clearly, this isn't a very good first step.