On the heels of the DROID RAZR M Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release comes an additional announcement from Motorola on their “soak tests.” Motorola’s current program, the “soak test” is a random selection of individuals that post on Motorola’s Support forums and are chosen based on their device. This new program, called “Test Drive,” will “allow consumers to take our major software upgrades for a trial run and provide valuable feedback before we launch the upgrade publicly.”
The program will start with Android 4.2, the “next iteration of Jelly Bean” and Motorola will release a preview of the software to a few hundred customers that sign up for test drive. The full statement courtesy of Motorola’s blog page is below:
Looking ahead: software upgrades will be available for preview
We know it’s important for many of you to get the latest Android software upgrades onto your phones as quickly as possible. With that in mind, we’re also introducing Test Drive, a new program that will allow consumers to take our major software upgrades for a trial run and provide valuable feedback before we launch the upgrade publicly. Starting with Android 4.2, the next iteration of Jelly Bean, we will release a preview of our software to a few hundred consumers that sign up for Test Drive. More details on how to sign-up and participate will be announced on the blog soon.
Going forward, we are going to focus our efforts so that we can deliver consistently high quality experiences to our users. Unfortunately that means not all phones will be getting upgrades. If you own a device that’s not getting upgraded, we’ve created the Motorola trade up program. The trade up program gives you $100 back on a new Motorola smartphone when you trade-in your old one–so you don’t have to miss out on Jelly Bean. For qualifying devices and more details, check out Motorola.com/tradeup.
Clearly, there’s a lot going on at Motorola, and we have no intention of slowing down any time soon. DROID RAZR M is only the first of many devices to get Jelly Bean (the full schedule is here). We’re a new company with a new approach, and a big part of how we’ll do business going forward is to keep our customers in the loop. You can always reach out to us on Google+ as well as our other social media channels with questions or feedback.