Since the original DROID, Motorola has, for the most part, remained Verizon’s flagship Android manufacturer. Phones like the original DROID, DROID X, even the DROID 2 have brought Android to the top spot in the market share, mostly due to Verizon being the largest carrier in the US, and up until the past year, one who didn’t carry the iPhone.
Now they could be in a big predicament, as they have just updated their timeline for Android updates. Normally this would be good news, but the fact that some of their biggest flagships in the US, including the DROID RAZR, RAZR MAXX, DROID 4 and even the DROID Bionic were still in the evaluation stage, it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of many owners.
To make matters worse, they’re owned by Google. If I’m correct, I believe that Google makes Android. Google may have stated that it will be keeping the Android team and Motorola completely separate, it’s still disappointing that there’s no information on when an update may be coming to a device that’s technically made by Google. Now, one could make the debate that phones on Verizon may require more development due to the fact that they need to code the update for LTE and CDMA radios. I’m sure this is no easy feat, but considering that the RAZR and RAZR MAXX are two of Verizon’s flagships, progress could be faster. On top of that, Motorola should at least be able to give us a time frame for when the updates will be coming.
The whole evaluation and planning stage is getting old fast, as these can last for months at a time. There could also be another factor in play: Verizon. Carriers in the US have been notorious for holding up the update progress on Android phones, usually for reasons that in no way benefit the customer. Much of it is to market, so maybe customers will buy a different phone in hopes of the latest version of a Android. Bloatware can also play part, but I doubt that’s the case here.
Motorola’s international model of the RAZR will be receiving its update to Ice Cream Sandwich in Q2, which begins at the end of the month. Even with the different radios, it can’t be too hard to port the software to Verizon’s version, right? It also appears that Sprint and AT&T aren’t holding up the Android 4.0 update, as the Photon 4G, Atrix 4G and Atrix 2 are set to receive the Android 4.0 update in Q3.
It’s obvious that Motorola and Verizon are holding something back from us, but loyal customers still deserve an explanation. And considering how much the RAZR MAXX goes for from Verizon, we’re sure that Motorola can afford to speed up the project for its millions of customers. To me, a company that can’t keep up with the changing times doesn’t deserve my business. Who owns one of Verizon’s latest DROIDs? Are you disappointed with Motorola’s lack of effort? Let us know in the comments!