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Motorola Announces Non-Upgrades

Today Motorola Mobility announced that four of their Android devices were stuck on the version of Android that they were running.  Actually last week it was announced in the Motorola forums that the Motorola Cliq Xt on T-Mobile would remain at Android 1.5.

Today it was announced that the Motorola i1 on Sprint-Nextel, the first IDEN equipped Android device would not be upgraded from Android 1.5.  It was also announced that the Motorola Flip Out and The Motorola Charm would stay on Android 2.1

While Motorola offered an explanation explaining that they tried to find the best way to upgrade it was announced that it simply could not be done. This explanation of course is still not good enough for the customers who bought these Android devices and hear talk of Gingerbread, Honeycomb and even Ice Cream Sandwich.

The upgrade has been a big intense debate across websites, forums and twitter. Many Samsung Galaxy S owners in the United States are waiting for their upgrade to Froyo, Android 2.2, while the rest of the world has already received the upgrade.  The Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile received a Froyo upgrade via a pc link called mini-kies last month, however that left Vibrant owners with less tech savvy and also Vibrant owners who owned Macs, out in the dark and stuck on 2.1

Motorola Mobility broke apart from Motorola on January 4th 2011. With Sanjay Jha as it’s CEO they have been a driving force behind the success of Android. They’ve developed two of the most highly anticipated Android devices ever in the Motorola Xoom tablet on Verizon and the Motorola Atrix4G on AT&T.  With all of this new hardware taking Motorola into a newly competitive landscape it’s tough to see their earlier customers get shut out of upgrades.

Source: Computer World

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