Motorola Isn’t Planning on Updating Many Smart Phones to Android 2.2

Motorola is one of the biggest winners from the success of Google’s Android operating system for smart phones but it doesn’t look like it wants to pass on all the goodness to its customers. What am I talking about? A newly released upgrade chart showing its OS update plans for the future on a variety of models it sells. Check it out below.

As you can see, the list does not include most of Motorola’s higher end smart phones. Don’t flip out over a lack of mention of a Droid X update to Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3. Instead, keep in mind that it is very likely that the new version will come out sometime in the future. This isn’t Motorola’s definitive list.

The disclaimer on the bottom of the support page the chart came from says, “The information contained herein is provided for information purposes only and is intended only to outline Motorola’s presently anticipated general technology direction.” In layman’s terms, Android Gingerbread is still in Motorola’s labs being worked on for its phones. It hasn’t decided which phones will get it yet but it is pretty safe to say that if a phone didn’t get Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2, it won’t get Gingerbread.

Personally, I’m a bit disappointed in Motorola deciding to keep the CLIQ XT from Wal-Mart stuck on Android 1.5. When you figure that it’s practically the same phone T-Mobile is selling and that’s getting Android 2.1, it’s just ridiculous. How about the Motorola Devour? That’s staying on Android 1.6. Thanks for helping us out Motorola. I guess if a phone just didn’t have enough customers or make you enough money, you don’t care enough to keep updating it.

That’s exactly the reason why developers are having a hard time building apps right now for Android (though, a far far easier time than BlackBerry developers have). With manufacturers simply unwilling to spend the time, money and resources to update their phones to newer versions of Android, software incompatibilities crop up and the number of potential customers for apps using newer features drops. Love or hate Apple, you have to admit that its software update process is clean and precise. Even the old iPhone 3G received iOS 4.

Let me know what you think of the list. You have a phone not on it that you desperately want Android Gingerbread to come out for?

Tags: , ,