Sprint Motorola Photon Q now receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


The Motorola Photon Q was a device I was always eyeballing on Sprint. I guess somewhere, deep down I’ve never really gotten over a full 5-row QWERTY. In any case, Photon Q users have something to get excited about. It’s been almost a full year since Jelly Bean and after watching almost every other high-end device receive the J-Bean, it’s now the Q’s turn.

Starting today, Motorola Photon Q users on Sprint can look forward to and update to software version 9.8.2Q-122_XT897_FFW-5, bring their device’s firmware up to Android 4.1. Yes, it’s not 4.2, but at least it’s something. Users can still look forward to all the enhancement Jelly Bean 4.1 brings like Project Butter, Google Now, notification enhancements, enhanced security using face unlock and more.

These things rollout in stages, so if you haven’t been prompted to install the update, be patient. It’ll get to you.

Thanks, Dan!

[via Sprint Community]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Pitiful…

    1. I mean, it sucks it took so long but it’s not like it was running on Gingerbread. ICS was, and still is, pretty awesome. Plus, full QWERTY keyboard made this a pretty slick phone.

  2. Sliders are for losers.

    ~Sent from my Palm Pre

    1. Epic win with the sig lol.

      Still – lots to love about a good slider.

      1. I’m actually glad to see updates for phones that aren’t mainstream. There are a lot of people who love sliders… They deserve updates too.

    2. Haha this comment flew right over the heads of 5 people

  3. Glad to see the PHOTON Q community receive at least one substantial update,an improvement from recent history.

    Hopefully MOTOROLA will continue on this path from here on out.

    1. Hopefully Motorola will give this phone a sequel with some stock Key Lime Pie thrown in for good measure ;D

  4. I am not a big fan of sliders either but I wouldn’t say they are for losers…I would say Palm Pre is for losers

  5. This would have been a kick ass phone if it was released on more carriers and with an unlocked bootloader.

    1. I would love to see an Motorola X Phone slider like this *day dreaming*

      1. I would have to agree. my brother has this phone and as much as I love my gs3 I miss having a physical keypad when it comes to typing emails or work. a Motorola x phone with a physical keypad would sway me away from the gs5 when it comes out next year.

    2. It has an unlocked bootloader.

  6. I’ll never go back to having a contract with a cell phone provider. I went from $255 per month on Sprint with five devices down to $116 per month with Ting. Here’s my story: http://Doug.LA/ting I’m a happy Ting customer.

  7. What about the HTC Rezound??! No love from Jelly Bean?? Rezound is way better (and more popular) HTC phone then the One S. Any word on when Rezound will get Jelly Bean?

    1. HTC doesn’t update their phones because they’re a bunch of dumbasses. It took eight months for them to finally push out an update to the One X on AT&T but by that time I had already installed CM10.1 months before it was released.

  8. I haven’t gotten this update, and I’m now on my third Photon Q replacement, because the ones Sprint keeps giving me have the Screen-jittering-like-crazy-if-I-use-it-outside-or-in-a-dry-environment bug. Not impressed with Motorola’s tech at this point…

  9. I don’t know but its been 4 days and still no update these updates usually don’t take this long how accurate is this

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