Motorola: 13 phones targeted for Android Jelly Bean rebate program

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Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Motorola Mobility unit has identified 13 different smartphones that will not upgrade to Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. Consumers who purchased one of those devices will receive a $100 rebate when they trade up to a select new Motorola model.

Motorola's Droid 3, Droid X2, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2, Admiral, Cliq 2, Milestone 3, Milestone X2, Electrify, Photon 4G, Xprt, Titanium and Triumph will not receive the Android Jelly Bean update. The manufacturer will award a $100 Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) Gift Card, Motorola Visa Prepaid Card or carrier credit to subscribers who trade in one of those devices for any of the following phones: The Atrix HD, Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr Maxx, Electrify 2 or Photon Q. To begin the rebate process, click here. (The rebate program is currently limited to the U.S. market, but is slated to expand to other countries in the future.)

Motorola first announced the rebate offer last month. "We know that keeping current on the latest Android operating system is important to all of our users," Motorola Mobility Dennis Woodside said at that time. "We will upgrade most of our devices that were launched since 2011 to Jelly Bean very soon, but there are a small number of devices that can't be upgraded without degrading the phone performance."

Motorola said it will upgrade the Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD to Android Jelly Bean before the end of 2012. The Atrix HD, Photon Q, Electrify 2, Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, Droid 4 and Droid Bionic will follow at a later date.

Android Jelly Bean, unveiled in late June during Google's annual I/O developer conference, promises a smoother and more responsive UI across the system, highlighted by triple buffering in the graphics pipeline for more consistent rendering as well as synchronized touch to reduce latency. Jelly Bean also brings a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content along with Google Now, which includes personalized information like local weather and traffic updates. According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean currently powers just 1.8 percent of all devices worldwide.

For more:
- read this Inside Motorola blog entry

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