Motorola Pushes Android 2.1 upgrade For Milestone out

Motorola has released an upgrade for its flagship Android smartphone, the Milestone, which brings v2.1 of the operating system, to the popular handset.

Oddly, the announcement was made on Facebook and said that "We hope you enjoy enhancements such Speech to Text, live wallpapers, up to nine home screens, and added security for [Microsoft] Exchange server users".

Eclair, as it is known, is considered by Google as a minor update before Froyo comes out later this month. Milestone owners will need to download the firmware update from Motorola's support site, plug their mobile phone in and sync away.

Else they will have to wait for the over-the-air upgrade process to take place over the next 48 hours or so.

Other Android users, from HTC or Sony Ericsson, haven't been so lucky. The first one has delayed the release of v2.1 for its HTC Hero smartphone a number of times while Sony Ericsson has announced that it will be upgrading the X10 family from v1.6 to v2.1 towards the end of the year.

Android smartphones have increasingly become popular in the UK with research company GFK Retail and Technology saying that they now represent nearly one in every eight mobile phone contracts being sold in the UK.