After a handful of missteps and false starts, another over-the-air update for the Motorola Cliq has started rolling out. It's not the Android 2.1 update that many are hoping for, but it is a minor maintenance release with generally undetectable changes.
Designed to improve features like battery life, widget response, GPS, Bluetooth, and touch-screen sensitivity, version 1.4.8 should hit all Cliq handsets this weekend. You should also see fewer "force close" error messages and you'll get support for a couple of new elements, notably .WMA and WAV audio files and Microsoft Office 2007 documents. Customers can choose to wait for the update notification to arrive or manually check for it through the phone settings.
The rumored launch date for the handset is May 17, and I haven't seen anything over the last few months to dispel that time frame. So far, the leaked specs put the MyTouch Slide as having a 320x480 resolution touch screen, a camera with an LED flash, a QWERTY keyboard, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD memory card slot, and a 1300mAh battery. Based on the images obtained back in January, the phone appears to have an optical trackpad similar to the Samsung Moment.