Android Ice Cream Sandwich on Motorola handsets early 2012

News 11:53, 25 Oct 2011

Motorola's Android smartphones could be getting Ice Cream Sandwich by the beginning of next year, according to the company's Twitter account

Motorola has tweeted the company's plans to update several of its handsets to the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0 build within six weeks of Google’s ‘public ICS push.’

Initially, Motorola’s official twitter said: ‘We'll be releasing devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it.’

Which, to be fair, is pretty wide open to speculation. One interpretation is that the company will release an official list of which devices it intends to update six weeks after the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the flagship ICS device, goes on sale.

Or, alternatively, Motorola could be gearing up to release a number of devices running ICS – perhaps the Xoom 2 tablet?

A follow-up tweet made things slightly clearer, with Motorola confirming three devices which would be receiving the update and that the six week period previously mentioned would see more eligible devices being specified.

‘DROID #RAZR, #BIONIC & #XOOM will get ICS. Within 6 weeks of Google’s public push, we’ll confirm other devices to get ICS,’ said an official Motorola Tweet.

Assuming, for now, the ‘push’ Motorola is referring to is when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus goes on sale, this would mean six weeks from around the end of November.

So, realistically we’re looking at the beginning of next year at the very earliest for even an announcement from Motorola on the status of Ice Cream Sandwich within its device line-up.

This correlates with reports of an early 2012 update for the Droid Razr to receive ICS.

Google has previously stated any phone which runs Gingerbread 2.3 should be capable of using 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but whether this will mean a more extensive list of Motorola devices receiving the update remains to be seen.

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