Motorola’s ruggedized Defy shipped with Android 2.1, and even with Gingerbread nearly ready to come out of the oven, Motorola announced that it could be another six months before the Defy even gets 2.2.
Oddly enough, Motorola’s posted firmware upgrade timeline doesn’t identify the Defy as among its Android models available in the US, despite that T-Mobile has begun selling the handset. The Defy does show up in the charts for plenty of foreign markets, and the bad news is that for most of them, the best promises Motorola can make when it comes to getting the Defy 2.2 are sometime in Q2 2011.
Taking a more positive mindset, the Latin American and Mexican markets should see their Defy handsets getting the Froyo treatment in Q1, so a US release could conceivably mirror the schedule of its closest neighbors.
Even a six-month wait would be preferable to getting left behind, which looks like it will be the fate for the Motorola XT720. Upgrade schedules indicate that Android 2.1 is a far as Motorola will officially release new firmwares. That’s a bit disappointing, since even recently Motorola was showing some XT720 love when it updated the phone to unlock the full power of its CPU.