Motorola expands Android Jelly Bean roadmap
Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Motorola Mobility unit has expanded its list of devices that it plans to upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, pledging to update nine additional smartphones and tablets offered by U.S. carriers in the months ahead.
Motorola--which rolled out Android Jelly Bean to the Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD earlier this month--said it will update the Atrix HD by the end of this year. During the first quarter of 2013, Motorola will deliver Android Jelly Bean to the Electrify M and Xoom WiFi + 3G/LTE tablet. The device maker also vowed to overhaul the Photon Q, Electrify 2, Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, Droid 4 and Droid Bionic to Jelly Bean, but it did not specify a timetable for release.
Motorola Mobility previously vowed to give a $100 credit to consumers who purchased an Android device that is not in line to upgrade to Android Jelly Bean. To qualify for the offer, consumers must own a Motorola-manufactured Android device that will not run Jelly Bean for technical reasons: The list includes 11 devices that will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (the Admiral, Atrix 4G, Cliq 2, Droid 3, Droid X2, Electrify, Milestone 3, Milestone X2, Photon 4G, Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium), one remaining on Android 2.2 Froyo (the Motorola Triumph) and one sticking with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (the Atrix 2).
The $100 Android Jelly Bean credit must be applied to one of three Droid-branded devices from Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ): The Droid Razr M, the Droid Razr HD or the Droid Razr Maxx HD. To begin the rebate process, click here.
Android Jelly Bean touts core features like Project Butter (a reworked UI engine), a revamped homescreen and Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic updates. Additional enhancements include more intuitive graphics, smoother transitions and more uniform touch responses. Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that 6.7 percent of devices now run Android Jelly Bean; Android Ice Cream Sandwich powers 27.5 percent of devices, and 50.8 percent of devices still run Android Gingerbread.
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