Motorola recently released a new timeline for Android OS updates to their devices, and one of the devices listed is the Motorola Defy, which ships with Android 2.1. The new timeline now shows that in some markets, the Defy will receive an update to Android 2.2 in Q2 of 2011.
The markets to receive the Android 2.2 update in Q2 2011 for the Defy include Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Curiously, Latin America and Mexico will be getting the update a bit sooner, in Q1 2011. What is most surprising however, is that America is not listed to as getting an Android 2.2 update for the Defy.
I'm not sure what Motorola is planning on doing with T-Mobile USA customers that bought the phone. If a phone's update is not yet announced, they list the upgrade for the phone as "under evaluation." However, in this case, there is not even a mention of the device in the list of Motorola phones being sold in the US.
I'm a person that can be fairly clumsy with their phone, and I was honestly thinking about the feasibility of buying a Defy, but one of the big reasons kept me from becoming too interested was the lack of Android 2.2. For those of you outside of the US, this phone just got a lot more attractive. For those of you in the US, I'd wait a couple more weeks until the next Motorola update timeline, to get more assurance that the handset will see the Android 2.2 update.
Other bad news coming from the timeline update is that the XT720 in any market will not an update to Android 2.2. The Backflip, which was previously promised to receive an update to Android 2.1, is now destined to never receive an Android 2.1 update, and will stay on Android 1.5.
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