T-Mobile Android 2.0

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After watching the rooted G1 in action with Android 2.0 SDK you’re probably wondering where does that leave other T-Mobile Android handsets like the MyTouch 3G and Motorola Cliq? Well our friends over at AndroidandMe have got confirmation from T-Mobile PR as to which devices will be getting the Android 2.0 update. To summarize, T-Mobile has confirmed it is working with Google to release Android 2.0 software, and that T-Mobile has no announcement yet to update the Cliq to 2.0 and said it would be best to contact Motorola PR.

Here are the questions T-Mobile PR answered:

Will T-Mobile Android handsets get Android 2.0 update?

T-Mobile is coordinating with Google to deliver Android 2.0. We will let you know when we have more details to share.

Will the Cliq get Android 2.0 update?

The CLIQ ships with Android 1.5 software. We have no announcements at this time regarding new Android software updates. For more information about future updates to CLIQ and MOTOBLUR, it would be best to contact Motorola PR

As for the MyTouch3G (Google Experience phone) since it doesn’t have space limitations, MyTouch3G users should receive the update as soon as Google makes it available to T-Mobile. The G1 (Google Experience phone) has space limitations so not sure whether or not the G1 will get the 2.0 update, but not to worry there should be a solution for rooted users. In conclusion if Android 2.0 is delayed on handsets such as the G1 and MyTouch3G, Google is to be held accountable, NOT T-Mobile since those devices are Google Experience phones. Feel free to express your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Rafael

    I just hung up with Motorola and they informed me that they are not sending OTA for android 1.6 or 2.0 for the Moto Cliq and are not working on changing the android 1.5 OS to any other version at this time. He stated that the main reason for this is because the Motorola Cliq is running on Moto Blur with android 1.5 running on top. He said that the Moto Blur is the main software and that is why they see no point on worrying about upgrading the android os. He did mention that the Moto Droid will be exclusively to Verizon and not TMobile and will be the first android phone to sport the android 2.0 os and will not be running any part of the Moto Blur software. I am extremely dissappointed. I am going to call and return my Moto Cliq and get my self a MT 3G. I might even wait for the special edition MT 3G to come out.

  • Mike

    Sorry. Sounds like FUD to me. Blur runs on top of Android. Not the other way around. Many of the reps are speculating, themselves. there is no official word at this time about the release of 2.0 for the cliq.

    Having said that, I will never buy another motorola product if they are going to just dump an a phone on the market that is out of date before it is even released. I don’t think Motorola is that stupid.

    Give Verizon a 2.0 version and T-Mobile a 1.5 version with no upgrade path?
    I don’t think T-Mobile is that desperate or foolish.

  • bob

    What a slap in the face, though. Suddenly *Verizon* is the carrier that gets Android 2.0 first (so, it’s ready to ship) but T-Mobile has no idea when or how it will be delivered to users?

    Ugh. I hate games like that.

  • Tim

    Google hasn’t officially “shipped” Android 2.0, far as I know. The Verizon Droid is being built with it, so it exists – but just hasn’t been officially shipped/released. Look on the bright side: Once the Verizon phone comes out, 2.0 should ship. If you have an MT3G, you’ll probably have it soon after. If you have a G1, probably either right after that (or maybe before, depending how quick the various ROM developers can make a stable version).

    Regarding the Cliq, I suspect it’ll get upgraded eventually, but considering it’s made by Rotomola, there’s no telling.

  • http://www.cnn.com Ricardo

    Tmobile just sucks a$$!!! That is the end of it.

  • http://trancemist.com/ TranceMist

    Re: CLIQ upgradability

    This is what I suspected would happen with BLUR and Android.

    Rafael is right and Mike unfortunately misses the point. Because Motorola has integrated BLUR on top of Android, T-Mobile cannot release Android 2.0 on the CLIQ unless Motorola integrate and test BLUR into it. What we have here is Motorola (apparently) saying they have no plans to upgrade the underlying OS under BLUR.

    This is so typical. Closed minded manufacturer wants a proprietary angle and doesn’t get the benefits of the open development. (note: BLUR is proprietary to Motorola and is not open source)

  • Brian

    I agree that the question of Android 2.0 for the Cliq is not that hard for Motorola to understand and that the answer should be straightforward. The same question is listed on Motorola’s product FAQ for Android 1.6 and it is basically a non-committal answer. We will update to new software releases as needed…. It seems like they do not want to tell customers the truth at this point. Android is improving with added (and very desirable and useful) features in each new release at this stage. I see it this way – Motorola has Motoblur running on top of Android 1.5 and it will cost them development $ to update it for 1.6 and 2.0. So they have not decided to continue to support development for the already released product. Otherwise they would have a simple answer like – absolutely, we will be releasing an update for our new high end product. So the Droid is being released with Android 2.0 but not Motoblur. Verizon choice or Motorola’s? If Motorola cannot support Motoblur with Android OS updates in a timely manner (or at all) then Motoblur will ultimately fail in the marketplace. Maybe they have realized that Motoblur is already dead. That would be a shame because I like Motoblur and the Cliq. But, I also want new capabilities from OS improvements that other high end Android devices from other manufacturers will be able to support. Maybe Motorola should just turn Motoblur into several applications and put them on the Android market.

  • sausalito

    I’m seriously thinking of replacing my blackberry with the mytouch3g…but am holding SPECIFICALLY because I want to make sure android 2.0 will be available as a FREE UPDATE.

  • sausalito

    I’m seriously thinking of replacing my blackberry with the mytouch3g…but am holding SPECIFICALLY because I want to make sure android 2.0 will be available as a FREE UPDATE.

  • Paul

    I can understand why Motorola wouldn’t want to commit to an upgrade to 2.0. They already have MOTOBLUR working with the previous version of Android. Unless there’s something major that their MOTOBLUR software needs in the next version why would they want to put all that money/effort into testing it and changing it to work with 2.0?
    What would they gain from it? They can’t charge for upgrading to 2.0, and they are already struggling so why would they pour resources into software changes unless it is for a new phone or something that will provide concrete returns.
    If you don’t like the Cliq and wouldn’t buy it unless it had 2.0 then don’t buy it..its not the phone for you. If you like the Cliq, but want free new features only a month after it came out, then you’re living on fantasy island.

  • http://www.motoandroid.info Jason

    I will most likely be getting rid of my Cliq. Ill be picking up the MyTouch 3G and waiting for my 2.0 Update. Sucks cause I really like the hard keyboard. Too bad Motorola is falling back into the Abyss of BS as they always have.

  • Jeff M.

    I ended up taking my Cliq Back, and swapping it out for a MT3G. The *only* thing I don’t like about the MT3G is lack of a hardware keyboard. Compared to the *numerous* issues I had with my Cliq. The biggest one of course, being the 1.5 OS. I previously used (and still own) a G1. After having 1.6, going back to 1.5 was horrid. On top of that, BLUR just isn’t really all that great.

    If Moto had released this device running 1.6, I’d be okay with that. Even with the presumptive long wait to get 2.0. But the fact that they’re releasing hardware with outdated software shows just how lost moto seems to be these days.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed other moto products in the past.. But those days are far past.

    Also, if anyone cares, the slider on the Cliq is flimsy, at best. It rides on rails,that are parallel; the problem with this, is that it makes the screen ‘shaky’ when it’s open, and feels like it’s broke or breaking when it’s closed.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • Ko

    I really believe that the motorola cliq needs the android 2.0 update immediately motoblur is already nice but it could do so much more that firmware update.

  • Jose

    I will sell my cliq and go back to G1 or Mytouch and that’s the end of it… Motorola is WACK!!!!

  • JohnG

    I was told by a manager at Motorola’s repair center that there is a major disconnect between Schaumburg where the suits live and India where the developers for motoblur live. Very definitely a case of one hand not having any idea what the other is doing. The suits don’t answer questions because the developers don’t tell them very much and they’ve learned to distrust much of what they’re told.

  • MagentaMagic

    Ah, looking back… here we are in MAY 2010 and we still don’t have Android 2.0 on the Cliq or any other T-Mobile phone. (Well, the myTouch Slide coming out in a few weeks, but otherwise…)

    I’m very, very disappointed that we’ve had such a lead-on about updates for our phones. This fragmentation of the operating system is NOT what Google and the OHA wanted!

  • david

    i will not be buying another android phone in the future atleast from tmobile. i perfer my jailbroken and unlocked iphone. the updates performed on the andorid phones has seemed to make them even worse instead of better. for now my android phone sits in a drawer awaiting a possible update but i doubt that day will ever come from google or tmobile

  • Nicole

    I have to g1 and I love it, but it has flaws, like the version upgrade to 2.0 I can’t get a lot of things that most others can have because of this, also the phones memory space is horrible, and why is it only music and pictures that go to the micro card and nothing else even though those things still stay on my phone which takes a lot of my space as well. So I just want to know when these things will be fixed. I also am wondering if google is not upgrading these phones is it because they are trying to make us spend more to get what we really need out of it??