Today Motorola has updated their blog and ICS page with new devices that will be receiving updates to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). On top of the already known devices like the XOOM and XYBoards Motorola will also be updated the Droid Bionic, the RAZR (entire line up) the Droid 4, the Photon 4G, the Atrix 4G, the Atrix 2 and the Electrify. All of this is great news especially if you recently purchased a RAZR or one of the just released Droid 4’s.
The bad news is their update schedule is very vague and very distant. We’re talking Q3 2012 for phones like the Atrix and the Photon. Some of the reason behind the really long timelines is carrier specific, especially when it comes to Verizon. Motorola and Google haven’t been able to updated the XOOM 3G/4G which is a GED (Google experience device) because of Verizons testing and restrictions. The Droid family from the Bionic on is all more than capable of running ICS, Google and Motorola know this and are pushing the devices as such, but with Verizon in the loop testing and reviewing all the software updates users have to wait to get an official build.
Things like this force users to root their devices just to get the latest software on their devices, which just makes for angry users and angry carriers. Hopefully Motorola & Verizon can work something out to expedite these timelines, for all our sakes.