Ice Cream Sandwich makes some phones worse, Motorola warns
Motorola has promised it will only update its Android phones to Ice Cream Sandwich if it thinks it will be an improvement.
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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."
Motorola has finally been
snapped up this week by Google for a cool £7.9bn, the purchase coming with the condition that Android will remain completely free to users for the next five years.
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