Motorola, earlier today at is Droid RAZR HD press event, announced a new Android update program that will allow owners of older devices not getting an upgrade to Jelly Bean to trade their phone in for $100. However, Motorola has now revealed exactly which devices might get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it includes all of its devices that were released in 2011 or later, a list that includes the Droid RAZR, Droid RAZR MAXX and Droid Bionic.
The company launched a new Jelly Bean site for customers that offers not only information about the program but a place for customers to sign up to be notified about Jelly Bean updates.
Motorola says that all phones released in 2011 or later are slated to get Jelly Bean at this point but it also leaves open the possibility that some may not get it. Device owners that don’t get it will instead receive $100.
So, that means that if Motorola pulls an HTC Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich update move on Droid Bionic owners, Droid Bionic owners will be entitled to $100.
This also means phones like the Droid RAZR MAXX and Droid RAZR could get the upgrade to Jelly Bean at some point. And it also means that owners could be given $100 instead.
As for the sign-up, Motorola says this:
Leave us your email address and product information, and we’ll let you know when a Jelly Bean upgrade is available for your phone. If we don’t upgrade you, we’ll send you instructions on how to trade in your phone for a select new Motorola smartphone and get $100 back on your purchase.
Of course, Motorola won’t provide the most up-to-date information, owners of Motorola devices will have leaks to thank for that, but it will be providing official details in regards to the updates.
Hopefully, those updates are informative and frequent and not vague and sporadic. Only time will tell.
All three new Droid RAZR devices will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Motorola has not confirmed any specific release dates for Jelly Bean updates as of yet.