updated 02:10 pm EST, Thu February 3, 2011
Motorola Cliq XT Android 2.1 stopped permanently
Motorola in an update Thursday morning said it had given up on trying an Android 2.1 update for the Cliq XT. The T-Mobile phone will now stay on the nearly two years old Android 1.5 as the newer OS couldn't be brought up to the right level of performance. It had gone so far as to experiment with homebrew code to improve the performance on the early 2010 hardware.
"They gave it everything they had," company forum lead Matt said. "We even took the unprecedented step of investigating the benefits of code provided by the independent developer community to try to improve XT performance."
Neither Motorola nor T-Mobile has said if there will be any form of compensation for owners who had clung to the phone with the expectation of getting new devices.
The cancellation highlighted the mounting problem of long-term support for Android devices. While the jumps in performance demands have been getting smaller, the decision effectively locks Cliq XT owners out of many Android features and third-party apps despite its being less than a year old. Voice Actions, current versions of Google Maps, the official Twitter app and many others won't run on the Cliq XT at all without the software.
Competing platforms such as iOS typically have active support for two or more years and so far have had access to many of the same features as new devices when not dictated by missing hardware.