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Motorola gives up on moving Cliq XT to Android 2.1

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.



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  1. global.philosopher

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2010

    +4

    Two companies...different values....

    Memo from Motorola CEO - "We must cut costs!! Focus on selling new handsets at all costs! Waste no more time on updating old handsets that will return no profits. Customers will buy new handsets if they want latest OS features!"

    Memo from Apple CEO - "Brand loyalty is important. Existing customers are important. When possible OS updates MUST support older handsets. If limiting OS features on older handsets only choice then do that. Keep existing customers happy and they will upgrade tonew handset sometime down the track when they are ready."

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