Last weekend Motorola refreshed its support forum for Android software upgrades. This latest round of news can be broken down into three categories: good, bad, and downright disappointing.
Let's start with the good news, shall we? As many of you are already aware, the
Now we have to report the bad news. Those of you who were disappointed to hear that Motorola had pushed back the 2.1 update for the Cliq and will not be pleased to learn that Eclair isn't scheduled to hit your handset until late in third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of this year. You might recall that these devices were expected to received Android 2.1 by the end of last June, only to have it on the final day of the month. Ironically, I found it somewhat laughable that AT&T's was pegged with a Q3 update, yet it's possible that it will beat T-Mobile's devices to the punch. I get the feeling that by the time any of these early phones see 2.1, many users will have moved on, searching for a replacement handset. And by that time, we'll be talking about .
In terms of downright disappointing news, we've learned that thewill not see any future updates. What's more, the European Backflip and Dext also are staying put with their current versions of the OS. Much like Samsung's , these phones will head off with Android 1.6 "Donut." At one point, however, they were listed as "upgrade under evaluation." Unfortunately, that doesn't bode well for the Asia-Pacific and Canadian versions of the phone, which carry that status today. I wouldn't hold my breath for a 2.1 update.