As far as the OHA goes, I hope +Motorola Mobility
's recent update fiasco regarding their "flagship devices" isn't what we should be expecting unless you really want a mass exodus from Android. Which update fiasco is that? The one where users had been waiting for ICS for nearly a year. It took 4 months for Motorola just to decide they were going to update these devices to ICS.
Then about 6 months later +Punit Soni
comes into the picture and talks about how things are going to get better and how things are going to be more transparent. A couple weeks later, Motorola goes into an information blackout regarding the updates, followed by a cancellation announcement on an obscure post on their forums late one Friday night.
So far the only explanation given has been through minimal feedback from Motorola through third parties, and what there has been, claims that this is hardware limitation, which has been proven to be false, mostly by third party ICS/JB builds limping along with GB kernels (stuck with Froyo drivers) due to lack of kernel source and drivers for ICS. Also, it has been recently revealed that Motorola did in fact have a nearly finished development build if ICS for the Atrix 4G, something that could have been finished and released with a delay rather than just flat out cancelling the update.
To add insult to injury, Punit Soni brings up a $100 trade in program where Motorola devices from 2011 that did not get updated to Jellybean would be eligible for trade in towards a new Motorola device. Sounds like a great deal right? The problem is that most people who bought a device in 2011 are stuck in a contract until 2013.
But keep in mind that these devices were still being sold as new as late as April of this year, and some countries have 3 year contracts, meaning that these people will be stuck on these devices until 2015, with 5 year old version of Android. Furthermore, many of those people bought astronomically expensive devices that are not compatible with newer devices, such as the Lapdock, and did so thinking that Motorola was going to update these devices. To make matters worse, Motorola has not even ironed out the details of the $100 trade in program, even a month after its announcement. On top of all that, the current offerings to replace these devices are underwhelming at best, such as the Atrix HD, which has a slightly better camera and faster processor, but less storage space and the same amount of RAM as the original Atrix 4G, while competitors using the same SoC are doing so with twice the RAM.
I may sound like just another disgruntled end user whining about not getting an update, but the thing is, while the Atrix 4G was a year old when the commitment to the updates was announced, the Photon 4G and Electrify were under that 18 months of updates agreement, and the Electrify was barely a year old when the updates were cancelled.
Furthermore, while Motorola did issue a "maintenance" update making it nearly impossible to use third party ROMS on the Atrix 4G, these ICS updates weren't even cancelled until after Google took over, so people aren't just looking at this as a #motofail
, but as a failure of Google Android as well, and as such, have fled to iFruits and other competing platforms. I have 6 months before I can upgrade to a new device. I know for a fact that I will not be choosing Motorola again. The question is whether or not I will take another chance on Android, especially when Google's motto is to "do no evil", yet that's the first thing it does in taking over Motorola. So much for fixing the fragmentation.