The German subsidiary of O2 has leaked via Twitter that the rugged Motorola Defy will be updated to Android 2.2 in Q1 of 2011. As Google is (presumably) getting ready to finally release Android 2.3 Gingerbread into the wild, news comes about Motorola’s plans for the Motorola Defy.
This interesting, rugged smartphone has been running Android 2.1 ever since its launch, and the good news is that it will eventually get updated to Android 2.2 Froyo. The Motorola Defy has a 3.7 inch touch-screen, 5 mega-pixel camera with flash, 2GB of onboard memory and Adobe Flash Lite support. Other noticeable features include an FM radio and built-in GPS.
Unfortunately, Motorola’s own roadmap page for Android updates is listing Q2 2011 for Froyo coming to the European version, while T-Mobile’s one is not on the list at all. With the pace that the industry is moving, in the April-June 2011 period there might already be another rugged handset, or even Motorola Defy 2 that will run an even newer version of Android, so we can’t really justify what’s taking Motorola so long (we hope it’s not MOTOBLUR). We know there are more important handsets that are still waiting for their serving of Froyo.
Although this is good news for Defy owners there is some bad news for Motorola Milestone XT720 owners because it won’t be getting any further Android updates. XT720 owners will have to be content with Android 2.1 presumably because the device only has 256MB of RAM, which might not be enough for the newer versions of Android.