Today, Motorola is keeping up with their promise to update their Android smartphones in a more timely manor. We heard this back when Dennis Woodside from Google took over, and lately updates have been rather quick. Their latest smartphone from the dying breed of QWERTY Sliders is getting improved to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean this afternoon.

All those using the terribly slow Now Network, will be happy to know that the Motorola Photon Q slider smartphone is getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and bringing a host of new features, improvements, and bug fixes to the phone. We know there’s still many of you that love a dedicated keyboard, so there’s probably more than a handful of PHOTON Q owners that are happy to see this news.

The upgrade is rolling out over the air to the PHOTON Q starting today, and Motorola was nice enough to give us a detailed changelog full of what to expect once completed. The last OTA for the PHOTON was back in January, so it’s nice to see another coming so quick full of new features. Here’s what to expect.

Google Now voice search, project butter for faster performance and better battery life, improved voice search, improved camera quality and a better panorama mode (Photosphere?), gesture typing and a better keyboard experience, the expandable notifications, and more. Then we have a better MOTOPRINT, improved signal service, and a few other things from the carrier. Start checking for updates and enjoy those Jelly Beans!

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  • Christopher Robert

    Is there a reason this update never came out for the Motorola Photon as well? It seems like these two device came out with similar hardware and time frame but one got developer support and the other did not.

    • Motorola doesn’t seem to be updating any device with Webtop functionality.

      • Christopher Robert

        Yeah seems like Google bought Motorola to keep webtop from steeling the Chrome is business. Why would you buy a Chrome book and a phone when your phone could do both.