Motorola Cliq 2 Updated To Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Yes, We’re Serious

I honestly considered not even covering this because I honestly can’t remember anyone talking to me about the Motorola Cliq 2 in some time. Well, here goes the news anyway as Motorola’s last smartphone to grace T-Mobile is now the proud recipient of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. If you want to perform the upgrade and still have the “honor” of being stuck in a two-year contract with one: grab that micro-USB cable. The update requires the installation of Motorola’s Software Update application onto a Windows PC to perform the update. Motorola says no OTA update is expected and that Mac OS X is not supported.

Anyone out there still rocking a Cliq 2? Bueller, Bueller?



  • Improved Cursor Control: Now you can just touch where you want the cursor to be and then move the blue cursor arrow icon to find the exact spot you want.
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality: Words can now be selected via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
  • Number and Symbol Shortcuts: When entering text on the virtual keyboard, certain numbers and symbols shortcuts are available by pressing and holding letter keys.
  • Sleep Mode: New power off option puts your phone in a low power, wireless-off mode that allows for instant bootup when returning to powered-on mode.
  • Dock Icon Functionality: The icons at the bottom of each homescreen have been updated. The new customizable Dock includes the app launcher icon on the far right of the four icons, while the other three provide shortcuts to common phone features. These three icons can customized via pressing and holding an individual icon or by dragging an icon on top of them.
  • App Groups: New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups:
  • All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
  • Rich Location App: New app from Motorola compiles thousands of the Internet’s most powerful websites, streaming only the most relevant suggestions, activities, promotions, based on your unique preference and location. You can use Yelp reviews and Facebook check-ins to find out what others are recommending.
  • App and Power Management Details: Manage Applications now provides improved information about what apps and services are running, how much memory and CPU time each are using, and the ability to close individual apps and services.
  • Download Manager App: New App will manage all of your downloads from web browsing and other apps.
  • New User Interface Icons: New icon style has been introduced to refresh user interface design.
  • Tasks App Enhancements: The app has been enhanced to include a Task dashboard interface that lets users filter tasks in new ways and share tasks with others.
  • Browser Search Engine: Browser address bar search options now include Google, Yahoo or Bing.
  • Emergent Groups and Smart Contacts: Based on usage, participant and addressee suggestions are made in Calendar entries, emails and text messages. You can create groups instantly based on the context of what you’re doing. For example, quickly create a group based on a suggestion from a Calendar invitee list or the group of people with whom you’re texting.
  • Updated Calendar Options: 
    • Calendar and event times can be displayed in your home time zone when traveling.
    • Individual reminders can be dismissed, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
    • Easy conference dialing allows you to dial the conference number and the meeting code will be automatically entered directly from your Calendar.
  • Device Control Capabilities: Through 3LM, new device control options are available including application blacklisting/whitelisting, microphone control, and enabling/disabling enterprise applications.


  • UI performance Improvements: Various fixes were made to improve stability and performance, including faster phonebook, widget, and wallpaper load times.
  • Battery Fixes: Improved battery performance due to several bug fixes.
  • Wi-Fi Calling: Implemented fixes to improve reliability.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Signal: Improved WiFi hotspot signal strength.
  • Visual Voicemail Greeting: Greeting can be updated from visual voicemail application

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  • redman12

    That’s a lot of bullet points.

    • A lot of those bullet points are standard feature upgrades from Froyo to Gingerbread.

  • I must say the update is a nice improvement, even if it is a little late.

    • None

      Never too late if this is still your current phone. I am sure some people will be very happy with an update to anotherwise shelved phone. I wish this hapenned more often. It would give me reason to trust again.

  • isn’t it a little late for an April Fools joke, David?

    • Didn’t I say you were banned for another 11 minutes?

  • JBrowne1012

    Wow didn’t expect this from a company that looks to be going under with its mobile division its really a nice gesture even if a year late. ICS would be a stretch for this device i don’t even know who owns this device now.

  • bob

    My wife has one of these! I will have to update it!

  • Mike in FL

    What a joke. This POS gets Gingerbread while all of us that were duped by T-Mobile’s “flagship” phone at the time (Samsung Vibrant) are still stuck on 2.2? Unreal.

    • This phone really isn’t a POS. Its a Good phone for people who just wanted a smart phone to start with. And don’t get your Panties all up in a bunch b/c your precious Vibrant is stuck in the Past.

    • Spanky

      Thankfully, I got rid of the Vibrant while it was still worth something. What a piece of crap that phone was.

    • theking_13

      I agree with you, I sold my BROKEN Vibrant a while back though for $120 like 5 months ago, good thing I didn’t invest in fixing the screen.

  • Deadeye37

    Another red headed step child moment brought to you by Motorola.

    Motorola – where we make kick ass phones and quick updates – for Verizon.

  • Nathan S.

    i sure wish moto had shown a little more love for the old moto charm. It would have been a decent little phone had it ever been graced with gingerbread. Instead, stuck on froyo with ability to only install about 3 to 5 decent apps before it was out of space and screaming about it. It was small, had a touch screen, full qwerty portrait keyboard and a optical touch pad on back of phone. It could have been a decent little starter phone. But Nooooooooo, no love what so ever from Moto. flame away, lol :)

  • Ilyas

    I just hope the GS2 is going to get ICS soon, that leaked roadmap looks promising but no one knows whether the info on it is true or not.

    • JBrowne1012

      Of course the gs2 is gonna get ICS just depends how t-mo is feeling if they want to give it to us but i think it might be available through samsung.

  • lol, so glad i never got one of those. The G2 came out just in time so I got that.

  • I need to find this phone somewhere in my house to update. Think I only used it for a week before just moving on to another phone.

  • Queso

    Had a cliq 2 sittin in the house. I just updated it. Its nice real nice. Looks good. I might have to rock it for a few days lol

  • Ultimate Darkness X

    I have had this phone since January 2011 and have enjoyed the use of it. I got the GB update from the beta test release of the software.

    To all those that say this is a POS phone, you are entitled to your own opinion but how many of you have actually used it or just despise it because of MotoBLUR? I love this phone and I don’t mind MotoBLUR at all.

    The update seems to have made the phone software more stable and I have not had any issues with it since the update. Overall I will keep using this phone for a while as none of T-Mobile’s phone appeal to me and also I have been out of contract since July of 2010 (thank you TMO for making a mistake when upgrading me in 2011 and not renewing my contract).

  • None

    David, why would you consider “not covering” a news item–ANY news item? Not all posts need 200+ comments and people can move along if the topic is not of interest to them. I am sure news is always of interest to someone.
    PS- love the Disqus test run. My phone is not feelin it, but it looks nice on the PC. I have junk so I am sure it is just my phone.

    • None

      Moto Charm in case you want to know. Still stuck in this Merlot colored reminder of a bad choice..

  • nerdlust

    that was my first android and i have been hooked on android ever since. my sensation rocks but i miss that great keyboard. motorola please release a highend phone on tmobile.

  • So, does this give us poor saps who bought a SK4G have a chance of seeing some GB, even after it’s been a year? Say it ain’t so!

  • exibitsman

    people still walk around with

  • exibitsman

    my brand new lg doubles playa is better then the qlic

    • Your brand new phone is better than a year old device that was EOL’ed 8 months ago? Good for you…… I guess…

  • Hey. 2.3 is more than the Sidekick 4G ever received.

  • Matt

    Cliq 2? I use Gingerbread (as Cyanogenmod) on my Cliq 1. Totally adequate for basic functions: email, chat, facebook, twitter, gps, navigation, and oh yes, phone.

  • Motorola still made the best keyboards for their phones. And I am still using my Cliq 1. BTW where do you people get your hundreds of dollars to throw away on phones you dont even use?

    • I loved the keyboard on my Cliq, however Motorola really butchered software and I never bothered.

  • OldPhoneGuy

    I really don’t get all the hate for this phone. I’ve been using it a little over a year and have no complaints, it runs everything I throw at it without issue. I’m not sure if I’d upgrade even if given another phone right now, as nothing newer I’ve seen seems to have as solid of a keyboard on it as this phone does.

    Anyway, the 2.3 update is solid. There is definitely a noticeable increase in battery life, as well as improved interface options.

  • Steebie

    I, for one, want to thank you for covering stuff like this. It’s important to the minority of users out there with old phones to have stuff like this covered!

  • Mark

    Hopefully the Gingerbread update goes better than the original Eclair update on the Cliq I. As for me, I finally upgraded my Cliq to the HTC One S last week… I’m liking the much newer hardware and ICS, somewhat miss the hardware keyboard, and REALLY miss the all-in-one MOTOBLUR Combined Inbox (Email, FB, Twitter, AND Text Messages all in one place… haven’t seen any other apps that bring in the text messages). Oh, and I would love HTC’s weather app IF it had my city in the list (100 miles to the nearest one listed).

  • Yes, one of my colleague bought this phone two months ago and seriously it is an eye-catching device with its look and it’s powerful performance. This time we can see some better improvements like Wi-Fi hotspot signal has been built with the device which can make your Wi-Fi connection more worthy and productive.

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