Motorola Lists Smartphones Eligible for $100 Jelly Bean Promo
Sometimes, it pays not to upgrade.
However, Motorola’s actually offering up a bit of a cash incentive for those looking to upgrade their devices, but can’t. We’re speaking, of course, about the number of Motorola Android smartphones that aren’t going to be bumped up to the latest iteration of the OS, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
That’s all a result of Motorola widening its smartphone family with September launch of its Razr HD. Razr M. and Razr Maxx devices. At the very same keynote address where these new handsets were unveiled, Motorola announced its plans to release “developer editions” of its Razr smartphones essentially, giving users the ability to root the devices and that the company soon intended to push out Jelly Bean to a number of its existing smartphones.
However, not all of Motorola’s portfolio of phones are making the journey to Jelly Bean. To alleviate the concerns of users whose phones would be stuck in antiquated Android land, Motorola’s offered up a $100 trade-in program for anyone looking to bump up to one of Motorola’s newer, Jelly Bean-friendly devices.
Motorola just released the final list of devices its supporting in the program, as well as the smartphones you’d have to upgrade to in order to receive the credit, in a blog post yesterday. Thirteen “antiquated” Motorola smartphones will remain stuck sans Jelly Bean, including the Atrix 4G, Atrix 2, Cliq 2, and Droid X2. The $100 credit will apply when owners trade in one of these devices for one of six of Motorola’s newer smartphones, including all three versions of the Droid Razr, the Atrix HD, Electrify 2, and Photon Q.
According to Motorola, the offer is currently only available to those in the United States.
If you’re curious as to when some of these upgraded-to smartphones might get the official head-nod for Android 4.1, Droid Life has gotten its hands on a new Jelly Bean upgrade schedule. In general, Motorola’s looking to have Jelly Bean updates completed by the end of 2012 for its non-developer line of Razr smartphones. Other devices, like the aforementioned Atrix HD, Photon Q, and Electrify 2 will be upgraded at some point, but it’s unclear as to when. The Droid Bionic will start receiving its Jelly Bean bump in the fourth quarter of this year.
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