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CLIQ XT owners may experience slight excitement reading this, but only slight - the OTA update version 1.32.20 rolling out now to CLIQ XTs around the country does not contain Android 2.1 - it's merely an incremental update over its existing ancient OS (what is it, 1.5 nowadays?). This update showed up a couple of days ago as a limited beta test, and, thankfully, it didn't take Motorola long to open the flood gates to all CLIQ XT owners.

If you remember, Motorola has been promising 2.1 for a while but recently updated the projections to late Q3 (fail)/early Q4 (Q4 started 4 days ago). That's not to say this update is not welcome - it seems to bring quite a bit of improvements, but Motorola, seriously, it's been a while since 2.1 hit the market.

Here are the cited improvements:

Overall Phone Performance

Users will notice a significantly improved overall performance and responsiveness to input requests, including: opening applications, answering calls, opening the Happenings widget, and downloading attachments and pictures within email

Additional Stability

Improved stability, resulting in fewer occurrences of unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly

Bluetooth® Performance

Improved performance and connectivity with other Bluetooth devices

Messaging

Prevents erroneous notifications that a message has not been sent. Also resolves MMS sending / receiving functionality issues in certain scenarios

Touchscreen

Improved touch screen sensitivity and touch response

SWYPE® Keyboard

Includes updates to the latest version of the SWYPE software, resulting in improved overall performance of the application

To update, wait for the phone to pop up a notification or trigger it manually be going to Settings > System updates.

Now, about that 2.1...

Source: Motorola

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  • Jeff

    About that 2.1 update?!? Gimme a break. Motorola promised Cliq users 2.1 in the spring. Then the summer, now the fall. I seriously doubt we'll ever see the update. I gave up on the Cliq and Motorola a long time ago. I'm happy with my Vibrant and even though Samsung missed their September 2.2 deadline, I'm confident it won't take eight months before we see it. The whole experience with the Cliq update has soured me to Motorola, T-Mobile, and made me respect the whole Android ecosystem a little bit less. It did however open my eyes to the wonderful world of root, so I guess some good came out of Motorola's utter incompetence. I'll never buy another Motorola product though, you can count on that.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Samsung Behold II users were saying exactly the same thing about Samsung and vowed never to buy it. Motorola's record is similar, though they at least keep promising 2.1 while Behold II is in the 1.6 hell forever.

      With low-budget, older phones, it's going to be hit or miss - you will only find relatively strong commitment to flagship phones, and even then updates will take a long time.

      • ken

        How is the cliq a Low budget older phone? It was released only last november at the same time the droid was for 500 bucks! That not what I would think of as a low budget older phone. Incidently the droids now sporting 2.2 and the cliqs STILL stuck on 1.5. Your right though motorola has promised 2.1. They just dont keep theyre promises I cant decide witch is worse. Getting screwed buying an expensive phone with old software or being lied to about it.

  • Jeff

    The Cliq is in fact a low budget older phone. It came out with similar specs to the G1 which was released over a year prior. The Droid was Verizon's flagship phone. It came preloaded with Android 2.0 and has a faster and remarkably versatile processor. I never really expected much from the Cliq as I had previously owned the G1, and I feel for all those Behold II users, but it's just bad business to string your customers along for nine months promising an update is just around the corner. I just played with the G2. It's nothing groundbreaking but the best thing it has going for it is the fact that it runs vanilla Android. Anyone looking to get updated really quickly should look into it. I hope the MyTouch 4G runs stock Android but the fact that it is branded with MyTouch pretty much destroys any hopes of that.

  • Belgoff

    I haven't the actualization on my Motorola Quench. I'm from Argentina, is it only for USA?.

    I want the Android 2.1 actualization !! . I'm starting to think that Motorola sucks :S