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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 (opens in new tab), 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.