Over the weekend Motorola refreshed their Android Software Upgrades chart and shed new light on which models would receive upgrades and which would not. Some current Motorola customers might be frustrated by the news of delays and lack of software upgrades, but we have to give Motorola their props for being the only handset maker to provide such a detailed timeline.
A handful of first-generation Motorola phones will never see an official upgrade to Android 2.x. The Devour, Backflip (non-US versions), and Dext could technically run Android 2.1, but apparently they didn’t sell well enough for Motorola to invest the resources to upgrade these device.
The recently released Droid X will see Android 2.2 in late summer. This software is already in testing and has leaked several times, so we have no reason to believe that it will see a delay.
In Canada and Europe, the Milestone will see Android 2.2 sometime in Q4. Owners of the U.S.-counterpart Droid already received their Android 2.2 updates this month, but additional time is required to test the new software on other carriers.
T-Mobile’s CLIQ and CLIQ XT will see their upgrade to Android 2.1 in late Q3 or early Q4. This upgrade was originally planned for Q2, then moved to mid-August, before being bumped again. A post in the Motorola Owner’s Forum explains that hardware drivers essential for OpenGL are still being tested and are the likely source of the delay.
The quality of experience for consumers is a top priority in providing upgrades to our current product portfolio. In working through Android 2.1 upgrades for CLIQ, CLIQ XT, and Backflip, certain hardware configurations have been limiting upgrade capabilities. We are currently integrating and testing HW drivers essential for OpenGL functionality for these upgrades. We believe OpenGL, the industry’s most widely used, supported and best documented 2D/3D graphics API, is an integral part of our customer experience and we’re taking the time to ensure this experience is optimized on these products. Testing continues and we anticipate providing the upgrade on each of these devices in the late Q3/early Q4 timeframe.MarkMotorola Support Forums Manager
What grade would you give Motorola in scoring their Android software upgrades?