Motorola has offered a timeline for when owners of its Android-running smartphones around the world can expect an operating system update. In the United States, a 2.2 rollout to the Droid is underway.
Just desserts? Motorola has posted a timeline for when users of its
Android-running smartphones can expect an OS upgrade. While all eyes
are on "Froyo," or Android version 2.2, some users will have to be
happy with 2.0 and 2.1 - also known as "??Â½clair."
"We know you value having the latest and greatest technology on your
devices. We are working very closely with Google and our carrier
partners to bring you the most optimized experience on each of our
smartphones powered by Android," Motorola shared on a support forum
page. "This means appropriately releasing both operating system
upgrades and software maintenance updates, which enhance device
In the United States, Backflip owners can expect a planned upgrade
during the third quarter. For Cliq and Cliq XT owners, testing is said
to be underway, and a planned update to 2.1 is expected late in the
third quarter or early in the fourth.
A rollout of Android 2.2 is already currently underway to some Droid
owners, and Droid X owners should get a taste of the same by "late
summer" - which, presumably, means any day now. To Devour owners,
however, go apologies. Per Motorola, it "will not have a software
upgrade to Android 2.1."
In Canada, upgrades to Android 2.1 are "under evaluation" for the
Backflip, Dext, Milestone and Quench handsets, and in Europe, the
Backflip and Dext won't get an upgrade to 2.1, but Milestone owners
should expect a boost to 2.2 during the fourth quarter.
In the Asia-Pacific region, the upgrade to Android 2.1 evaluation is
underway for the Backflip, Dext, Milestone and Quench handsets, though
in Korea, Milestone, Motoroi and Titanium handsets can expect 2.2
during the fourth quarter.
Finally, in Latin America and Mexico, there's hopeful news for
Milestone owners - an upgrade to 2.2 is under evaluation - though
Backflip and Dext handsets won't be receiving Android 2.1.
"We will continue to update the information ... regarding the timing
and availability of software upgrades," Motorola wrote on the forum.
"We appreciate your understanding and continued support."
In May, Motorola rival HTC said that most of its Android-running phones launched during 2010 would receive an upgrade to 2.2 during the second half of the year.
HTC told Android Central
that the upgrade to Froyo was most likely to include "popular models
like the Desire and Droid Incredible as well as hotly anticipated
phones like the Evo 4G, MyTouch slide and upcoming models. We will
announce a full list of phones and dates once we are closer to
launching the upgrades."
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.