Motorola Cliq Android 2.1 upgrade now available

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

Motorola Cliq Android 2.1 Upgrade

Hey, Motorola Cliq owners: Hell has officially frozen over.

It must seem that way, at least; after being on Motorola's waiting list for months (and being the victim of at least one false alarm), your phone is finally ready for its long overdue upgrade into Android 2.x territory.

Moto has just made the Cliq's Android upgrade available on its Web site. The update will take your phone to Android 2.1, aka Eclair. It isn't the oft-discussed Froyo/Android 2.2 upgrade -- who knows why -- but jumping from Android 1.5 to Android 2.1 is certainly no small leap. You should see a tremendous improvement in system speed and performance, not to mention a host of new features and capabilities.

Motorola Cliq Android 2.1 Upgrade: What to Expect

Some of the key highlights of the Motorola Cliq's Android 2.1 upgrade, as described by Motorola:

  • The phone now supports up to 7 home screens. 
  • Happenings and Messaging widget content can be filtered with new customizable filters (e.g. contact group).
  • Widgets can be resized on the home screen by touching and holding a widget until a vibration is felt, then dragging the corners to expand or shrink.
  • Calendar widget distinguishes personal and work appointments with color-coding.
  • Contact Quick Tasks allows you to easily access your favorite contacts by using a widget you customize for your home screen.
  • Date and Time displays the time (in digital or analog) and date on your home screen.
  • Device Toggle makes it easy to turn on/off frequently used functions on your phone (Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, etc.).
  • Sticky Note allows you to save a quick little note on the home screen.
  • Email multi-select is available in every email account.
  • The phone now supports having more than one Gmail account.
  • Corporate email can be pushed immediately to you.
  • Global Address List to find co-workers' email addresses.
  • New versions of the following are included: Gmail, Google BrowserTM, Google CalculatorTM, Google Calendar and Sync, Enhanced Google SearchTM from Google Search Bar TM, and YouTubeTM.
  • New features include: PlacesTM, Google TalkTM, Google TalkbackTM, and Speech to Text.
  • Google Maps now supports turn-by-turn navigation.
  • Auto-complete feature uses your personal search history on Google Maps to make it easy to map recently searched locations.
  • Synchronization allows starred items to be shared between Google Maps and maps.google.com.
  • The Connected Music Player application includes the following: Synchronized lyrics in 45 languages, Music Videos, SongID, Automatic Album Art, Internet Radio Stations, Facebook & Twitter & SMS Status Updates, and ability to buy and download songs from Amazon MP3.
  • Motorola Media Gallery consolidates photos and videos into one gallery and includes new editing features.
  • New feature provides information about programs running on your phone, eliminating the need for 3rd party task manager apps.
  • This software upgrade also includes the following: improved Android Market layout, Performance/Task Manager, Contact Manager, Battery Manager, new Unlock Screen, Bluetooth printing, enhanced Alarm Clock with Timer, and improved RSS Feeds for Android Browser.

Suffice it to say, it's no small list. Plus, you'll now be able to get your hands on the countless Android apps that are available only for 2.x devices -- programs that let you customize your Android lock screen, for example, or control your phone by voice.

So what are you waiting for? 

Motorola Cliq Android 2.1 Upgrade: How to Get Started

Head over to Motorola's Cliq upgrade site to get the process started. Note that because of the size of the upgrade, it won't be sent to you over-the-air; you'll have to manually download the software and then install it to your phone via your PC.

Motorola has a full list of instructions here. Make sure you also take a glance through Moto's release notes [PDF] to see some important warnings about what data will and won't be preserved so you'll be properly prepared.

Welcome to Eclair, Cliq crew. Glad to finally have you in our 2.x world.

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Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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