You Can Test Drive New Motorola Software Ahead of Official Releases Soon

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You know how it takes OMG like foreverz to get the newest version of Android on your phone? Motorola has a new plan that'll get you its latest and greatest software long before you normally would. It's called Test Drive.

See normally, it takes a while for manufacturers to apply the newest Android update to their existing handsets. Once that's done it has to be sent to the wireless carrier for testing, which can take months, depending on the where the phone lands in the carrier's queue. So Moto is going to be launching a beta testing program, basically. Users who sign up will be able to test the newest versions of Android (with Motorola's UI on top) before the official rollout. It's going to debut with Android 4.2 and sign-ups will be announced soon.

More good news on the software side: The Motorola Droid RAZR M's Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update begins rolling out today. And for people who have Motorola phones that won't be eligible for the 4.1 upgrade, Moto will be offering a $100 rebate on a trade-in. Not too shabby. You can find out more about that program and whether your device is eligible at the Motorola Trade Up page. And we'll let you know as soon as you can sign up for Test Drive [Motorola]


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I hope that the lack of the Razr Maxx being on the trade-up list that it means it will eventually get the update to 4.1 and/or 4.2. I'm not holding my breath, mind you, I just think it is crap that you can buy a phone one year and have updates for that phone suspended in the same year.