Motorola Test Drive: trial early Android updates in exchange for feedback

Motorola Test Drive: trial early Android updates in exchange for feedbackA spanking new blog post from Motorola declares good news in the form of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) for the Droid Razr M. Er, not that we have it over here.

Nah, what we’re more interested in is something called Test Drive, a new scheme from Motorola that’ll provide early builds of Android updates in exchange for feedback ahead of the public launch.

Despite the Google takeover, Motorola isn’t exactly wowing users with its Android update schedule. Indeed, back in September, Motorola announced a trio of Razr smartphones running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

We’re told that things will improve, and in the meantime Motorola Test Drive should appease eager Android beavers.

Over on Inside Motorola, the US manufacturer explains: “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.”

There’s also a “trade up program”, offering a $100 rebate if you own a Motorola smartphone that’s not being updated to Jelly Bean. Motorola has published a list of qualifying smartphones eligible for trading in, including the likes of the Motorola Milestone 3. The scheme is only available in the states, at present.

Motorola concludes: “Clearly, there’s a lot going on at Motorola, and we have no intention of slowing down any time soon. We’re a new company with a new approach, and a big part of how we’ll do business going forward is to keep our customers in the loop.”

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