Android 2.0 is quickly turning into a story of the “haves” and “have-nots”. The “haves” are customers of Verizon who purchase a Motorola Droid and the “have-nots” are every other user with an Android phone.
We have been trying for weeks to get an official answer from the carriers and handset makers when existing Android phones will receive Android 2.0, but the responses have left us puzzled.
I really hope I’m wrong on this, but it would appear Verizon and Motorola have some kind of exclusive deal with Google for Android 2.0.
The following is a collection of all the official responses we have received concerning Android 2.0. Read them for yourself and let us know what conclusion you come to.
T-Mobile has an excellent PR team which always provides prompt responses. We recently asked them about their plans to upgrade existing phones and offer Android 2.0.
T-Mobile is coordinating with Google to deliver Android 2.0. We will let you know when we have more details to share.T-MobilePR team
They responded they are working with Google, but made no specific reference to any phones.
The CLIQ ships with Android 1.5 software. We have no announcements at this time regarding new Android software updates. For more information about future updates to CLIQ and MOTOBLUR, it would be best to contact Motorola PRT-MobilePR team
When we asked about the Cliq, they said we should hit up Motorola.
Next we went to see what Motorola had to say about Android 2.0 coming to the Cliq.
In regards to CLIQ with MOTOBLUR, it can be upgraded over-the-air and will evolve to support how people’s needs change. However, we haven’t announced any updates at this time.MotorolaPR team
Again, we see a vague response. The Cliq can be upgraded, but there is no mention of Android 2.0 or any time frame for a release.
When users asked Motorola on Twitter about the Cliq getting upgraded, they were given the following response.
Motorola is the one company we are sure had early access to Android 2.0. We know this because Motorola told us they were working closely with Google for months to bring Android 2.0 to the Verizon Droid.
We also spotted the following response from Motorola over on the T-Mobile forums.
“The Droid that was released with Verizon is 2.0. But at this moment we cannot confirm when an upgrade will be available for the Cliq. However the phone is ready to receive software upgrades to both the Google Android OS, and the Moto Blur interface, therefore upgrades are being planned, but we don’t have a release schedule, or confirmation up to which Android version it’s going to upgrade.”
The phrase “up to which Android version” is disturbing.
Sprint just released two Android phones (Hero and Moment) which are both based on the outdated Android 1.5. We asked about their upgrade schedule and got the following response.
Thanks for your inquiry. We are currently working through the options with the manufacturing partners.
Again we see no release schedule or confirmation on which Android version might come to these phones.
David Owens, VP of Consumer Marketing, gave the following response during an online chat.
Part of the beauty of Android is the ability to upgrade the OS and we will work to do that quickly, but it was important to be out early with both Hero and Moment.
HTC is one of the few companies who actually went on record via Twitter and said they would deliver Android 2.0 to an existing phone.
The rumors are true! Hero will be getting an Eclair update. We ask for your patience as we update Sense for the fancy new Android OS.
Samsung / Sony Ericsson
I have no official responses from Samsung or Sony Ericsson.
Samsung recently launched the Moment on Sprint (Android 1.5) and plans to launch the Behold II later this month on T-Mobile (Android 1.5). When we asked a Samsung employee at CTIA about Android 2.0, he said not to expect it till Q2 2010.
Sony Ericsson is launching the Xperia X10 in Q1 2010 and it will be based on Android 1.6.
Confused yet? If you already own an Android phone or plan to purchase one this holiday season (excluding Droid) there is no way to tell when you might receive Android 2.0.
Based on all the information we have gathered, it looks like most customers will have to wait till 2010.
What about the hackers? Google has yet to release the source code for Android 2.0 and popular roms like CyanogenMod will not be updated until they do so.
I think Motorola put it best, “For an Android 2.0 experience, check out Droid.”