Nov 24 AT 11:24 AM Nick Gray 16 Comments

Mark your calendar: European Motorola defy to get Android 2.2 in Q2 of 2011

European Motorola Defy owners are destined for disappointment with today’s announcement that the Motorola Defy will be updated to Android 2.2 (Froyo) sometime during Q2 of 2011. We were a bit disappointed that Motorola chose to launch the Defy with Android 2.1 nearly four months after the release of Android 2.2.  However, waiting until Q2 of 2011 to release the Android 2.2 update is certainly a slap in the face to Motorola’s customers.

To put things into perspective, Google is expected to unveil Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) within the next few weeks and may even unveil Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) early next year.  To add insult to injury, Google will most likely be unveiling the next big update to the smartphone platform at Google I/O, right around the time that Motorola plans on updating the Defy to an OS that’ll be nearly a year old.

T-Mobile USA customers who picked up the Motorola Defy may be in the same boat, but there’s no guarantee.  Hopefully T-Mobile may be able to twist Motorola’s arm a bit and convince them to release the update a little sooner, but it’s doubtful considering that the Motorola Cliq XT is still waiting for its Android 2.1 update nearly 11 months after it was made available to manufacturers.

Source: Motorola

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website Frank

    Update “promises” aren’t really a strong suite when it comes to Motorola. Trust me I would know…I have a Cliq.

    • http://Website Ben Johnson, GA

      Thats why i have an iPhone 4!

      • http://Website Phoebetech

        I don’t know what you’re talking about. The things that an Iphone does is soooo 2 years ago. Yes, the Iphone does it well but it’s still behind 2.2 OR 2.1 for that matter!

      • http://Website Ryan Kim

        What are you talking about? The iCrap 4 is yet to be updated to android 1.5, and probably never will.

  • http://Website watbetch

    The EU gets stuff later than we do. The DEXT (CLIQ) over there won’t even get 2.1 last I checked on their schedule. The Milestone (EU DROID OG) is still on 2.1 as well.

    2.1 just isn’t much of a detraction for this phone, it’s not oriented towards being the latest and greatest on the market.

    • http://Website Sammy D

      2.2 may not have that many new features (Flash is the main one), but the performance boot is definitely something that makes all 2.2 Android phones stand out. The 80MHz processor in the Defy would go quite a lot further with Android 2.2 and it would make users a lot more satisfied with their phone.

      • http://Website watbetch

        Flash Lite is already shipped with the DEFY (and I must say full flash runs very poorly on the original DROID, can’t be much different here). It’s not very sluggish as is. 2.1 does nearly all of what 2.2 can do. The only thing I hope for is the update within the next few months.

        Sales do drive which phones get updated the quickest, or if they get an update at all.

  • http://Website dextroz

    Two comments:

    1. Drop your Defy while it still holds value and get yourself a REAL android (like the Nexus 1/s
    2. Enjoy the Froyo while we’ll we sitting for HoneyComb and anticipating leaks for ice-cream.

  • http://Website PhineasJW

    Motorola couldn’t fail any harder if they tried.

    They might as well just advertise the Nexus S on their website, because that’s exactly what they’re doing.

  • http://Website @neidlinger

    How is this an insult? There have been multiple rumors floating around that from 2.3 (Gingerbread) and on will require a 1G processor to keep up with the data traffic of the new OSs..

    If those rumors are true, and i understand we simply don’t know yet, 2.2 is the BEST this phone will get….

    it’s really not an insult.

    • http://Website B

      So updating a phone nearly a year after the software first rolled out is justified? Its all good?

      • http://Website @neidlinger

        I was trying to say “be glad you are getting 2.2″ without sounding like a douche-bag…and if you want to buy a Motorola Phone. Knowing they are horrible with updates and not many coders support anything but the “droid” line…. well Forest Gump said it best “stupid is as stupid does”….

  • http://Website yelomeniz

    Ahahahaahh! Wow. Moto is really a joke now. I have the original Cliq and while I do like the actual hardware , Moto is so behind in updating their phones or even releasing the current version of Android on their NEW phones, (unless its the almighty Droid line) that I will NEVEREVEREVER buy another Motorola phone again……To Moto, there is their baby (the Droids) and then there is everyone else. So unless you buy a Droid. F-in forget about Moto giving a shite about you. This has been proven time and time again.

  • http://Website 2C

    This is the most epic fail I’ve seen or heard in a while. 2Q is a joke considering that 3.0 will be out in some form or fashion by then. Exactly the reason I have zero interest in any Motorola phone. Currently a Nexus 1 user.

  • taras

    This is the story that all European Motorola customers experience – great hardware followed by atrocious support and updates. It’s beyond a joke, and they’ve already lost many, many early adopters as a result.

  • Koma

    If the Motorola Defy didn’t appear jerky when scrolling image galleries, and it’s apps library I wouldn’t be so worried about when it’s getting an Android update. I’m trying to decide where to spend my money, Motorola Defy or HTC Aria. The Aria seems quite zippy with stock Android 2.1 (to be fair it is a lower resolution screen) and it seems HTC have a better reputation than Motorola for releasing Android updates. It also seems like HTC phones have a larger modding community which should give a benefit of better custom ROM’s. Dunno what Samsung are like with Android, I don’t know much about them.