Motorola has been on a hot streak lately with software updates for many of their impressive Android smartphones. One that is getting updated today – although not the update we want – is the QWERTY keyboard packing PHOTON Q slider. As the title implies, this isn’t Jelly Bean but you’ll want to accept the update anyways as usual.

Motorola recently updated many of their top end devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That includes the RAZR HD, and briefly the original RAZR and RAZR MAXX got the same on Christmas, although that update was since pulled and is missing in action. The last PHOTON Q update was back in November, but today another will grace your handsets.

The good news: Motorola and the Now Network are rolling out a quick OTA software update to version ASA-14 for the PHOTON Q that should improve overall usage, speed, performance, and reliability of the smartphone. The bad news is that they didn’t give us any other details. the changelog literally says, “Various fixes to improve overall device stability.”

Either way an update is an update, and there’s bound to be someone somewhere that has been having issues with stability that should see improvements after this update. Motorola recently confirmed Jelly Bean was coming to multiple new smartphones in early 2013 – the PHOTON Q included – so it’s only a matter of time before this gets the latest and greatest. Stay tuned and drop us a comment if you notice any big changes after the update.

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[via Android Police]

  • Photon Q

    I have called Motorola 3 times now (Jan 17th) & they cannot update me to 4.1 (ASA-14) on my Motorola Photon Q LTE. Do you know what date this OTA update is scheduled to roll out to Sprint users?

    • anthony

      This update doesn’t take you to 4.1. It’s still ICS.

      • Photon Q

        Ok, the ICS update (ASA-14) rolled out to my phone! The phone application desperately needs an overhaul, but this update does seem to help stability and battery life overall. The Jellybean update rollout chart does not specify when the Photon Q will receive the Jellybean update. Does anyone know specifically when we should expect the Jellybean update?

  • I’ve noticed LTE is more reliable, better battery life, music app updated, slightly different boot animation, and quicker screen rotation.

  • Johnathan

    The update unroots your phone and now makes it difficult to root again. When you try to root it will go through all the processes but will say “exploit failed”. It’s been 2 days and still cant root. sucks!!!

  • john

    Glad I didn’t get this phone. Nexus onlfy since my original photon got the boot.

  • Cyrus

    This update took some of the functionality away from the phone. Used to be you had menus from the hotbar for Email and recent calls, and now those quickmenus don’t exist anymore. I’ve noticed a slight performance increase, but why would you kill functionality in an update? Now I have to fully open the email app or phone, or even the text app, when before I just slid the pane up and picked what I want right from the homescreen.

    Really upsetting. Tiny, but really enjoyable and economical GUI bit that they deemed unnecessary. Which is a crazy move I think. I don’t see the justification of removing it.

    Swhy I use Android though. I can just pop back an update, or re-program it back in myself.