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Motorola kills off Android 2.1 update for Cliq XT

Nearly a year old, the T-Mobile handset will never see an Android update. Moto announced today that it will be unable to upgrade the XT from Cupcake to Eclair.

Motorola Cliq XT owners got the bad news today that their smartphones will be left to limp off into the sunset with Android 1.5 Cupcake.

According to the Motorola Support Forums, Moto recently scrapped the Android 2.1 Eclair plans after it determined that the Cliq XT would not deliver an "optimal customer experience."

Forums manager "Moto Matt" delivered the news in a post today, while acknowledging that the news will likely frustrate a number of users who anxiously awaited the update. "Our product team members worked for months to attempt to create a version of Android 2.1 that would perform well on the Cliq XT," he wrote. "They gave it everything they had. We even took the unprecedented step of investigating the benefits of code provided by the independent developer community to try to improve XT performance."

If you think you've heard this joke before, it's because you have. The Behold II from Samsung also ran into a wall of sorts when it came to updates. That T-Mobile handset only saw one update, Android 1.6 Donut, before Samsung quit supporting the device.

Forget Gingerbread, the Cliq XT will never even see Donut. Motorola