Android 2.1 is finally being offered for the Motorola Cliq. The version of the popular operating system that is just now finally being offered for the phone first was released on January 5th of this year. At the time, Motorola said that the upgrade would be offered for the phone at some point, but did not give a timeline for when they were going to roll it out. At the time, it seemed as if many users were expecting the upgrade in a fairly timely fashion. A number of other unlocked cell phones quickly offered the upgrade including the Google Nexus One, a comparable phone that did not receive the upgrade until the 11th of January.
Nearly an entire year later, the Motorola Cliq will finally be receiving the upgrade that users have been expecting. It is strange that it took them so long to roll out the upgrade for the Cliq. The logical explanation is that Motorola’s focus has shifted so far away from the dated phone that they were just never willing to dedicate the man power to ensuring that the upgrade was offered in a timely fashion.
It is not clear what exactly prompted them to offer the upgrade at this time. Perhaps it is the fact that they promised the upgrade to their users nearly a year ago? Would allowing users to pay for updates force the company to get these key operating system updates out to their customers is a feasible amount of time? At this time there really seems to be no clear answers, but the time it took for Motorola to offer the upgrade to 2.1 for the Cliq is a prime example of the neglect that older smart phones receive when technology has passed them by. Hopefully the company will be more prompt with their updates and upgrades in future phones, even when outdated.
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