Jul 04 AT 1:16 PM Clark Wimberly 18 Comments

Regional carrier declares independence from slow manufacturer updates

Alright, so we might be a few days late on this story, but considering today is the 4th of July, we’ll go ahead and call it perfect timing. Cincinnati Bell has released instructions on updating its Motorola Milestone XT720 to stock Froyo. Apparently tired of waiting for Motorola, the regional carrier has posted a guide for rooting your device and installing stock Android 2.2. The update isn’t officially sanctioned by Motorola, and doing so will void your manufacturer warranty. It sounds like C-Bell’s got your back, though, offering to exchange phones themselves:

This upgrade is certified by Cincinnati Bell and is not a Motorola OEM certified upgrade. All warranty exchanges will need to be completed through Cincinnati Bell and not through the manufacturer, Motorola. The device received in a warranty exchange will not have Android 2.2 upgrade and will require you to complete another software update. If you are not comfortable with this, please do not attempt.Cincinnati BellMilestone Froyo update guide

Along with Froyo’s performance boost, the Milestone is now also capable of enabling apps to SD and portable hotspots. The biggest draw, however, might be the complete removal of MOTOBLOAT. Shutting down a phone running a custom manufacturer add-on and booting up to a stock build is always a moment of pure joy.

While we know a huge portion of our audience roots and flashes phones daily, it’s still really cool to see such encouragement coming from a carrier. All of us probably know a user or two who bought a phone on contract and is now stuck with an old build of Android (and most of them seem to comment here, haha), but we’re curious to know what you think about this plan of action.

If a carrier gets left hanging with an outdated device should they encourage the average user to root/flash their phone? Do you hope other carriers take Cincinnati Bell’s lead here? Sound off in the comments!

Via: PocketNow

Source: Cincinnati Bell

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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