Motorola releases timeline for Android 2.1 update

Motorola releases timeline for Android 2.1 update
After it appeared that Motorola was pulling an upgrade to Android 2.1 for the DROID this week, the company didn't want to have any more confusion over whom said what, when and to whom. So, the Schaumburg based company decided to cook up a little schedule that gives us a better idea when to expect each eligible Motorola Android model, to get the OTA upgrade, to  2.1. According to the schedule, the first device up for an upgrade to Android 2.1 is...The Motorola DROID. No surprise there. According to droid Life, the update will be coming out "soon". That is closer than "whenever" but longer than "done". Over in Europe, the DROID's sister device, the MILESTONE, already supports pinch-to-zoom in the browser. Unlike the DROID's version of 2.1, the MILESTONE will not have the news and weather widgets that we've already seen on the Nexus One. The upgrade will come in the first quarter of 2010. Two other versions of the Motorola MILESTONE, the models for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific, are undergoing evaluation and no upgrade time has been announced.

In the second quarter of 2010, those owners of the Motorola CLIQ should see an upgrade to Android 2.1. The overseas name of the handset is the Motorola DEXT and the Latin American model will get Android 2.1 in this year's 3Q as will Asia-Pacific DEXT owners. European users should know that there is no set upgrade date for their DEXT as the move to Android 2.1 there is under consideration.

The link to the timeline came from a Motorola Forum manager...no, not the same one that started off this mess last week when he posted and then was forced to remove a list of what changes Android 2.1 will bring to the DROID. For what it's worth, we think that it will end up being that the list was right on the money.

source: droidLife



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16 Comments

1. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

D R O I D ownage. love it.

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

DROOOOOOOID

2. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

That is the worst "timeline" ever. They released it to clear up all the confusion but couldn't have made it any more vague using words like "soon" and "up for evaluation".

11. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

The same "soon" was provided on the intranet for VZW Friday afternoon...

3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I don't care when it gets here, I just want to know if it will kill the free tethering. Because "pinch-to-zoom" just isn't worth it if that's the case.

6. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

yes, it can, because you need to root it. We will have to wait for the root of 2.1 to get it back.

7. macron2000

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 07, 2009

Then they can keep 2.1 if that's the case. Tethering is way more usful than a pinch and zoom (saves me 30 bucks a month from having to do it with my BB). Pass.

4. charrion

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 14, 2010

Hmm, no mention of the Milestone Telus will be releasing in Canada. Oversight, or will it be releasing WITH 2.1? Or is its update not even on the map?

8. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

Milestone is suppose to have 2.1 I believe already pre loaded out the box

9. uknow85

Posts: 38; Member since: May 28, 2009

so if u guys are droid owners is this a good phone mines is coming it like 3 days

10. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Yes! It is an amazing phone. I have several friends who have iPhones and I have a iPod Touch (which is basically the same thing only mine isn't a phone) and I have to say the Droid is alot better! And true geek would like the Droid over the iPhone. No it doesn't have an Apple logo on it but that's what makes it better. It's open development, better hardware, software, and best of all it doesn't have iTunes or run on a crappy network. You can download an MP3 and then use it on other devices. There are more free apps on Android that are better than iPhone ones. Most iPhone apps that are free really suck, but most of the free apps on Android are actually useful. I'm not saying the iPhone isn't cool at all, yes its a nice device. But Android was better even on the first day it released. It took iPhone a few releases to become what it is now.

12. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Just got the droid and LOVE IT. If we're gonna turn this into an iphone comparison here are some features that blow the iphone out of the water 1) FREE google turn by turn directions. Free is a term that apple is very unfamiliar with. 2) Multitasking. I can listen to pandora while playing a game or browsing the web. The iphone can open only 1 application at a time which to me seems unacceptable. 3) Notifications panel- Iphone is constantly interupted anytime you get a text or an email. Droid has the notifications panel so you'll be informed when you have a text, but not interupted. 4) Camera- 5 mp With flash and dvd quality recording 5) Verizon Wireless network- no dropped calls, 3G connection is great. I play pandora through my car stereo and never get any slow down in the music.

13. macron2000

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 07, 2009

I would reconsider item number 4 on your list. I agree with all else listed, but the Iphone camera and video recording/playback is perhaps the best out there (save Nokia N-Series devices). The fact that the Droid has a flash is not that much of an advantage considering the flash is not all that great.

14. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

fair enough

15. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Never used an iphone camera, but the video quality on the droid is the best I've ever seen. If you have one of these, you don't need a flip video.

16. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

also on 2 you cant run multiple apps but you can run itunes or be on a call playing on an app but both phones are great in their own ways imo.

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