Despite Motorola internal documents which pointed to Android 2.1 updates for CLIQ and CLIQ XT this summer, Motorola has indicated that there will be considerable delays beyond that date.
Motorola representatives have confirmed that the update will be released “as soon as possible”, but indicated that the update would not be released this summer.
The news comes as Motorola focuses Android update attention on their most high-end devices. After being upgraded to Android 2.1, the company has already committed to upgrading the Motorola Droid and Milestone to Android 2.2. The company’s strategy appears to be focus upgrade efforts on highest-end devices, and build reputations with customers that most closely pay attention to software updates.
By updating the Motorola Droid consistently, Motorola is able to distance itself from competitors such as HTC. HTC has indicated that the HTC Hero and Droid Eris, the latter being released the same day as the Droid, will not be upgraded to Android 2.2.
This news comes within a month of Apple discontinuing major firmware updates for the original iPhone. No other smartphone manufacturer has matched Apple’s four year record for issuing consistent software updates to a device. This, despite licensing from Microsoft and other smartphone vendors that have permitted such upgrades in terms of both technical requirements and legal aspects.
While the prolonged delay for Android updates makes future updates questionable, Motorola’s low-end phones are setting a pace higher than the industry standard. After committing to Android 2.1 for the T-Mobile G1 by Google, and Samsung promising Android 2.0 for the Behold II… neither has seen upgrades to those versions in an official capacity.