Better late than never. T-Mobile is finally releasing the much-awaited Android OS 2.1 update for the Motorola Cliq Android phone. This slider QWERTY phone has been stuck in Android 1.5 for too long! Starting November 10, Cliq owners may now manually download this important OS update from Motorola’s website, http://www.motorola.com/Support/US-EN/Android_Products/Software_Update_Landing_Page/CLIQ_Software_Update_Page.
Yes, this free update can only be done with a manual download and installation. T-Mobile said the Over-The-Air (OTA) update method will be available later this year. Motorola’s website offers comprehensive step-by-step instructions on how to upgrade your Motorola Cliq MB200 to Android OS 2.1 Eclair.
If you are confident enough that you can do this rather complicated manual upgrading of your Motorola Cliq, then give it a try. If not, just wait for the OTA update from T-Mobile. But if you’ll ask us, you better update now. This Motorola Cliq Android OS 2.1 is a free download and you should get it while it’s available on the link given above.
This new update gives improvements to Google Maps. There’s now speech-to-text, turn-by-turn navigation, and voice search. With Eclair 2.1 OS on your Motorola Cliq, you now get to download a lot more compatible apps from the Android Market.
The free Android OS 2.1 update will add 6 new screens for the Motorola Cliq. The widgets can now be resized and rearranged to your own customization. The Messaging and Happenings widgets can be customized too to show priority updates and messages.
Motorola also said this update for the Cliq includes a native Task Manager so there’s no need to install third-party app to manage your phone’s daily apps. If you are also a music lover, this Cliq update now has an option for you to directly download and buy MP3 songs from Amazon.
Furthermore, Motorola has added new battery-life widgets to toggle the Cliq’s Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi quickly.
Again, this Android OS 2.1 Eclair update for the Motorola Cliq MB200 (aka Motorola DEXT MB200) is now available for manual download and installation only. No OTA Update for now.