Motorola has laid its cards on the table over Ice Cream Sandwich, admitting that some of its phones actually get worse if updated. And if yours is one of the phones Motorola judges not to be improved by the update -- no Ice Cream Sandwich for you.
"We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update," Motorola says. "And obviously we want the new release to improve our devices. If we determine that can't be done -- well then, we're not able to upgrade that particular device."
Put like that, it almost makes sense. Moto had previously said. But what Motorola doesn't say is how it measures this "improvement".
And hey, who is Motorola to come between us and our updates? If we want to ruin the phone we've bought and paid for, that's our right, right? Back off, phone fascists!
If you're determined to get Ice Cream Sandwich on a phone not marked for an update, you can always. If you're not convinced, here's .
And if it does slow your phone to a crawl or break all your apps, here's.
At least Motorola has explicitly stated which devices will or won't get the update. It's the lack of communication from many Android phone manufacturers that has made the Ice Cream Sandwich update such a hot-button issue for many phone fans. Engineers may think it's reasonable to , but we certainly don't.
Ice Cream Sandwich is growing, but still. At this rate -- the next update -- will be here before many phones get Ice Cream Sandwich.
Motorola has finally beenfor a cool £7.9bn, the purchase coming with the condition that Android will remain completely free to users for the next five years.
Is Motorola right to withhold Ice Cream Sandwich from phones that won't see an improvement? Should we be free to tinker with our phones no matter the potential problems? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.