It would seem that since Google bought Motorola that promised software updates to Android 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich would be more than possible. However, Motorola is creating an uproar with customers and also contributing to global warming by denying owners an update that has been promised for months.
Many people who bought top-of-the-line Motorola smartphones a year or less ago are furious and vowing never to buy a Motorola smartphone again. Motorola has updated its Android update page and removed three products from ICS updates.
When the Motorola announced Android Ice Cream Sandwich updates included on the list were many dual-core and high-end smartphones such as the Motorola Atrix 4G , Motorola Photon and Motorola Electrify. The Motorola Photon may have been better named the "Moto Fauxton."
These Atrix and Photon were accessorized with expensive lapdocks or a multimedia dock kit with remote. The Atrix's nom de realty is now "Mo' Accessories Up Ur A-Tricks 4G".
If you go to the Motorola website and look under the Motorola Atrix 4G accessories, the Laptop Dock is gone. It appears that Google wants Motorola to remove any trace of the Laptop Dock that could replace a netbook.
The price of the Atrix Laptop Dock has plummeted to as low as $75.99 on Amazon.com for a device that previously had a list price of $499 by itself.
Back in May, we took a screenshot of the upgrades with included the Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Photon 4G and possibly the Motorola Electrify. There were also reports of a soak test in the Motorola forums.
One comment we found was, "Atrix 4g owner bought more accessories when they announced they were updating to ICS. Now hundreds of dollars later I get the shaft with 2 days to go until the update deadline. Never again."
Comments call Motorola at #motofail on Twtter call Motorols a liar and claim "Flagship device officially unsupported in less than a year LOL Hey
@Google why are you allowing this?" Many Tweets and protests have swear words implied or edited out.
Owners further complain that since Motorola locked the bootloaders, they can't upgrade to Android ICS, even at their own risk....
A commenter wrote, "Shortly before pushing back the promise of ICS from 3rd quarter to 4th quarter, Motorola pushed an "update" to these phones that locked the bootloader. Anyone who accepted that update (and you were reminded every 4 hours that you needed to download this important update) is now unable to load custom ROMs."
Motorola said in a statement, "Today, we need to let you know about some tough choices related to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades. Specifically, ATRIX 4G, Photon 4G and Electrify will not receive the ICS upgrade, but continue to be supported with maintenance releases to ensure optimum performance for the consumer."
Instead, they are offering a $100 rebate when you trade-in a Motorola smartphone and buy another Motorola smartphone. This is very bad for the environment smartphones contain toxic chemicals and rare earth minerals. Motorola is defacto telling customers to toss their old phone hardware because they can't get the software to work.
The Motorola Atrix HD has very similar software and they were able to develop an update to Android ICS for that smartphone. With updates problems consumer has no recourse, because they already own the phone.
In the past, owners of phones that were promised updated threatened class action lawsuits and petitions created at change.org. Petitions there ask, Freddie Mas stop selling former meth labs to buyers that are contaminated with chemicals and Google to make a map app for iPhone 5/iOS 6.
Who wants to take on the Motorola juggernaut? You comments are welcome, please omit swear words, if possible.