Friday afternoon, Motorola and Verizon shocked the crap out of most of us when they started pushing out the Android 4.1 update to the Droid Razr M. A few hours later, Motorola’s new Vice President of Product Management, Punit Soni outlined their new software testing program that would overtake their Soak Test. There’s not a ton of information on it yet, but here’s what we know so far:
We know it’s important for many of you to get the latest Android software upgrades onto your phones as quickly as possible. With that in mind, we’re also introducing Test Drive, a new program that will allow consumers to take our major software upgrades for a trial run and provide valuable feedback before we launch the upgrade publicly. Starting with Android 4.2, the next iteration of Jelly Bean, we will release a preview of our software to a few hundred consumers that sign up for Test Drive. More details on how to sign-up and participate will be announced on the blog soon.
So starting with Android 4.2, you’ll be able to sign up and take a test drive on the new update before it gets pushed. It also sounds like there will be a lot less people able to take part in this. In the soak tests, I believe they would allow a few thousand to take part. Motorola will be releasing more details soon, and as soon as we hear about them we’ll be sure to let you know about them.
It’s important to remind you of the past with Motorola, because we don’t know if this new Test Drive thing and faster updates will really be happening. But in the past Motorola has taken way to long to push out updates. One prime example is the Droid Bionic. Now yes it does have to go through Verizon first, and yes they take way to long approving updates, but still 12 months is more than enough time to approve an ICS update right? Let’s hope this side of Motorola is in the grave and the new Motorola with faster updates is coming.