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Moto Cliq and Droid Getting Android 2.1

Two of Motorola’s finest Android phones will be getting an upgrade to the fresh Android 2.1. The Cliq currently runs on one of the oldest Android versions in new phones, 1.5 (Cupcake) whereas Verizon’s Motorola Droid runs on Android 2.0 (Eclair). It was also announced that the Droid would be receiving extra goodies in the form of Flash 10.1 integration.

Android 2.1 debuted on the Google branded Nexus One earlier this January, another dubbed “iPhone killer”. Google considers the 2.1 platform a “minor upgrade” from 2.0, and the Android 2.1 is still a part of “Eclair” family with some significant features:

  • Voice dictation for any text field
  • Undo option for Gmail
  • Google Voice
  • Google Earth app
  • Phonebook that pulls info from multiple sources (already existing in the Cliq’s Motoblur interface)
  • Weather app that includes dynamic weather updates using GPS for minute-by-minute temperature, humidity and weather conditions in your current location
  • 5 homescreens (available already on the Cliq, only three currently on 2.0) and updated thumbnail navigation
  • Interactive wallpapers
  • 3D Photo Gallery (developed with Cooliris)

The upgrade will also bring Google Navigation and Google Goggles to the Cliq for the first time.

No time frame was given on the upgrades for the devices, but according to Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha they will be along “as shortly as possible”.

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