Motorola confirms Android 2.2 update for the DEFY – due "Q2 2011"

There’s some good news and bad news for owners of the new, sturdy and rather affordable Motorola DEFY – Motorola has confirmed it’ll release Android 2.2 for the phone in the EMEA* region next year. The slightly disappointing news is how long it’s going to take, with Motorola saying its Android 2.2 DEFY update won’t arrive until the “second quarter” of next year.

Also, the XT720 will now be staying on Android 2.1. Here’s the emotional rollercoaster of an announcement:

Today we can confirm that in EMEA we plan to upgrade Motorola DEFY to Android 2.2 (FroYo) in the second quarter of next year and that Milestone XT720 will remain on Android 2.1. Anyone looking for information about this and updates for other
regions should go to our forum.

Motorola needs to hire a few more programmers and testers, basically.

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Nice looking phone, though. Anyone used one?

*Our favourite international marketing region abbreviation – Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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  1. ben m

     /  November 23, 2010

    You sure that isn’t “europe, midde east and africa”?

  2. Sebastian

     /  November 23, 2010

    The one i tried in the t-mobile store in leeds last tuesday (16/11/10) had 2.2 installed, even when the packaging said 2.1.

    Go figure.

    (wish i could have bought that one…)

  3. Tom Robson

     /  November 23, 2010

    The certainly do need to hire some more testers! I am an original MILESTONE customer who bought the device in Dec 2009. Great phone, but hampered by Motorola’s slow updates. Their glacial pace wouldn’t be such a problem if it weren’t for the locked bootloader. It’s a double Moto FAIL!

    This has put me off buying a DEFY and a MILESTONE 2, preferring to wait for something that will be more current / easier to install custom ROMs on if need be.

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