Motorola Defy owners could be in line for an upgrade to the latest, currently available version of Android as early as January, a Tweet from O2’s German division suggests.
Earlier this week, a Motorola roadmap revealed that the phone maker plans to push out the update to Android 2.2, AKA Froyo, across Europe from the second quarter of next year, meaning early March would be the earliest possible date for it to hit the handsets.
The long wait was thought to be due to the time it takes to ensure that the company’s MotoBlur custom user interface is compatible with the new version of Android.
However, hopes are now high that it could get here earlier, after Engadget picked up on a Tweet from O2 Germany disclosing that it expects to be able to update Defy customers’ phones from Android 2.1 to 2.2 from Q1 2011.
The Defy, which teams high-end Android smartphone functionality with the robustness of a tough phone, is expected to be one of the festive season’s top sellers, thanks in part to a heavy TV ad campaign that stresses its life-proof qualities.
Standout features of Moto’s latest effort include a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen fashioned for the same Gorilla Glass used for the iPhone 4’s display, a five-megapixel camera, pre-installed Google apps and a choice of thousands of games and practical applications on offer at the Android Market.