November 4, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Motorola is finally about to update its peculiar Backflip device in the U.S. from Cupcake to Android 2.1 Éclair. The company has sent out emails asking for a team of 1000 Backflip users willing to test the update before making it officially available to everyone on November 9th. The 2.1 upgrade will evidently take up to 40 minutes to install, depending on the speed of your Internet connection, and it cannot be installed over-the-air. Powering up the phone after the upgrade may take up to 10 minutes, and the internal storage will be reduced by approximately 40MB. European Backflip owners will regrettably not get any Android 2.1 love, and according to Motorola they’ll remain on Cupcake for “the best combined hardware and software experience.” Here’s the official changelog:
Highlights of the Upgrade
- More Google™ apps – Google Speech-to-Text™, Google Turn-by-Turn Navigation™, Google Voice Search™ and others have been added to make your BACKFLIP device even more functional
- Android Market™ – Access to a larger range of apps, specifically designed for devices using Android 2.0 or later
- More home screen panels –7 customizable home screen panels so you have more room for your shortcuts and widgets
- New and enhanced widgets – Customizable filters, ability to resize widgets, plus new widgets like Contact Quick Tasks and Sticky Note
- Corporate email access – Corporate email can now be pushed immediately to your phone
- Improved Media Gallery - Media Gallery has been enhanced for better interaction with your media
Preserved Phone Settings
- Many data and settings will be preserved. These include: Text Messages. Contacts, Home Screen configuration, Recent Call log, Speed Dial, Bookmarks, Wi-Fi settings, Bluetooth pairings, and Corporate Sync setup (except for password).
- You will be automatically logged in to MOTOBLUR after the upgrade.
- Android Market applications that were downloaded before the software upgrade takes place will be restored. Some may need to be removed and re-installed in order to work properly (e.g., Google Voice™). Visit the Android Market to reinstall any applications. However, Motorola does not guarantee all 3rd party applications that were previously downloaded will be compatible with Android 2.1(Eclair).