It was just a couple of days ago that Motorola started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Milestone.
However, the update was meant only for unlocked and unbranded Milestone handsets. Nevertheless, Today Motorola Canada has announced that the company will be releasing the Froyo update for the TELUS branded Milestone handsets sometime next week.
The Froyo update for the Milestone will bring with it performance improvements, bug fixes and some new features including Flash Player support. Other changes include JIT complier, new security features, text-to-speech and stability improvements.
The U.S. version of the Milestone, the Motorola Droid, got its Android 2.2 update just after a month of the official FroYo launch. However, it is only after nearly ten months that Motorola thinks it is time to update the Milestone to Android 2.2.
Officially, the Milestone got its Android 2.2 update this week. Unofficially, the phone got an Android 2.2 based Custom ROM last year in July itself!
This move clearly shows Motorola’s U.S. only strategies. The company has already highly restricted its activities outside the United States, and even closed a bunch of their service centers all over the world.
No wonder, most of the Motorola phones including the Droid X and the Atrix 4G have not been launched anywhere outside the United States, and in some cases Canada.
Motorola Milestone owners rejoice! Motorola Europe has finally started rolling out the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update for your handset.
The update comes out nearly 7 months after the original Motorola Droid got its Android 2.2 update. There is hardly any major difference between the Droid and the Milestone in terms of hardware, except for their mobile radios, and the latter featuring a locked down bootloader.
The Android 2.2 FroYo update will bring with it voice search, speech-to-text recognition, Flash player support, Wi-Fi tethering and performance and stability improvements. The update is being rolled out slowly in selected countries by Motorola. Users can check here, whether the Froyo update is being rolled out in their country or not.
Instructions on upgrading the Milestone to Android 2.2 can be found here. Milestone owners should NOT even hope that Motorola will release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the handset.
If they want to taste Gingerbread on their handset, they need to flash a Custom ROM on their handset like CyanogenMod 7. Not only custom ROMs provide users with a taste of the latest version of Android, they also have many nifty features and are more faster and stable.
One major complaint with the Android ecosystem is the delay in the release of Android OS updates by phone manufacturers. Google released the latest version of Android Gingerbread – to the public more than six weeks ago. Still, the only phone officially running Gingerbread is the Google branded Nexus S.
While the majority of the Android handset owners impatiently wait for their handset manufacturers to release the Android 2.3 update, some are still waiting for the Android 2.2 update.
One such handset is the Motorola Milestone. The Milestone is the European version of the highly popular and successful Motorola Droid but unlike the latter, the former never got its Android 2.2 update. The update was pushed back many times and last year, Motorola stated that they will release the Froyo update for the handset in early Q1 of 2011.
However, the company updated its Facebook page to inform Milestone owners that the update has again been delayed. The reason behind the delay has not been explained clearly by Motorola as well.
Nevertheless, the company does state that they will release the update before the end of current quarter. I wonder what is taking Motorola so long to release the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The original Droid was among the first few handsets to receive the Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 updates. There are not much hardware changes between the Droid and the Milestone as well.
The Motorola Droid is one of the most popular Android handset out there. The unlocked bootloader and the vanilla Android experience made it a favorite in the United States. Motorola did launch a European version of the Droid the Milestone. However, that phone was destined to meet doom right from the word go.
Unlike the Droid, the Milestone had a locked down bootloader. This meant that modding the phone was a very difficult job and it still is. While the original Droid got its Android 2.2 update right after a few weeks of Google announcing it, European Milestone owners are still waiting for their share of Froyo love.
Now, the European division of Motorola has posted on their Facebook wall that the company is still working closely’ with operators and carriers to deliver the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone. The company says that they expect to roll out the update by Q1 of 2011.
With Motorola set to launch some killer handsets and tablets based on Nvidia Tegra 2 at the upcoming CES 2011, I wonder if the company will actually find it useful’ to work on the Android 2.2 update for the Milestone.
Milestone owners can vent out their anger on Motorola Europe’s FB page.
Adobe has just updated the minimum requirement for Flash 10.1 on Android handsets and the change is going to affect a lot of Droid owners out there. Adobe and Motorola had initially stated that Flash 10.1 will be supported on the Droid. However, the updated requirements from Adobe state that all mobile phones must be running an ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 800 MHz or above. This means that the original Droid or the Milestone won’t support Flash 10.1 since the Cortex A8 processor inside the handset runs at 550 MHz.
Nevertheless, Motorola had under clocked the A8 processor inside this handset and if the company wants they can make the processor run at 800 MHz, which will make the handset Flash 10.1 compatible. Heck! Even the stock kernel on the Motorola Droid allows overclocking up to 800 MHz (Rooted Users only!). There are also many custom kernels available for the Droid which overclocks the processor of the device to 1.1 GHz.
I seriously hope Motorola and/or Adobe do something about it since the Droid/Milestone is one of the most popular Android handset out there. Removing the Droid from the Flash 10.1 compatibility list will seriously not go down well with the Droid owners.
The European sibling of the Motorola Droid the Milestone has got the Froyo love unofficially. The Motorola Droid is yet to receive the official Froyo update, but thanks to the modding community certain ROMs based on Froyo already exist. The Milestone getting an unofficial Froyo update is certainly big news since the phone has a locked down bootloader.
Dext3r from ModMyMobile forums has ported the Android 2.2 FRF91 build to the Milestone. The only problem with this unofficial Froyo update is that the camera won’t work. I guess this should give Motorola enough hints to start working on the official Froyo update for the Milestone. Motorola had earlier said that they still need to decide whether to bring Froyo to Milestone or not.
Since the Droid X, and the upcoming Droid 2 feature the same bootloader as the Milestone, we expect the modding community to achieve some kind of success in porting Android 2.2 to these devices.
Bad news for all those people who have pre-ordered the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X uses the same bootloader as the one in Motorola Milestone which basically means no Custom ROM and recovery images. Motorola locks the bootloader on the Milestone by using a proprietary encrypted private key. This literally makes it impossible to unlock the bootloader without access to the encryption technology from Motorola.
The only way possible to bypass this encryption method is to find an exploit in the encryption process. As of now, an exploit with the name kexechas the highest chances of meeting with success. Modders have been working hard over the last few months to unlock the bootloader, but have not met with any major success. Even though the bootloader is not unlocked, the Motorola Milestone can still be rooted.
This surely is bad news for future Droid X owners. The Motorola Droid success rate can also be attributed to the high level of modding possible with the phone. Hopefully, the Droid X bootloader will be unlocked within a short span of time.
The Motorola Droid has got its share of Froyo love, thanks to the folks at My Droid World! Until now, only the Google-branded-HTC-made Nexus One had got the official Android 2.2 update. The Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Droid is not an official one though. The folks over at My Droid World have released an unofficial Android 2.2 update for the phone.
This unofficial Android 2.2 update works like a charm on the phone, except that Wi-Fi functionality does not work. This is because the kernel of the phone has been replaced to protect the identity of the original source. The update is in nanandroid format, which means users must already have a Motorola Droid, which is rooted.
The unofficial Android update is already pre-rooted so users don’t need to worry about losing their super-privileges. The official update from Motorola is still a few weeksaway though.
Update : The folks over at My Droid World are on a roll! They have just released a new Froyo update for the Motorola Droid, which supports both Wi-Fi and Overclocking! The CPU speed has been hardcoded into the kernel, so the update is available in different clock speedversions. Here is a link to the thread.
Update 2-: Apparently, the Motorola Milestone cannot be flashed to use custom ROMs. So this “unofficial” Froyo update is only for Motorola Droid owners. Sorry folks!
Motorola Milestone users in UK rejoice! Motorola has finally released the long-awaited Android 2.1 update for the Milestone users in UK. Motorola made this announcement through their Facebook page. Sadly, users can’t upgrade using OTA (Over-The-Air). They must use their PC and should make a backup of their data before proceeding with the update. The update is available on the official Motorola website, and users should follow the instructions given there.
The new update brings with it Live Wallpapers, up to 9 new homescreens, speech-to-text, and performance and stability improvement. Motorola has been rolling out the Android OS v2.1 update from March 22 to various parts of the world.