US PHONE MAKER Motorola will start updating its UK users' Milestone smartphones to Android 2.2 from next week.
The firm took to its Facebook page to announce that some European customers would receive the update next week, prompting a mix of 'yeah' and 'meh' responses.
Although Android 2.2 'Froyo' has been around for months now, this is a taster for Motorola, which said that a select group of users would be required to partake in its early trials. After this assessment it will gaze at its navel for a while before rolling out the update proper at the end of this year.
"Hello. From next week we start user trials of the European Milestone upgrade to Froyo. Once these are complete, we will know what further work is required to optimise, before going into final testing and approval stage," it said. "As previously we plan to start rolling the update at the end of this year, but wanted to keep you updated. Thanks", which is polite, informative and to the point.
One keen Facebooker responded positively, if somewhat ungrammatically, and said, "Whom does the user trial to froyo is been passed on to ? I would love to be a beta tester for UK Motorola Milestone . I will be reporting on the issues found when a person uses the phone in a REAL TIME . ( Daily basis)" Now that's an offer that the firm would be mad to ignore.
Others were less enthusiastic, with one describing the announcement as "Bollocks". Another added, "Are we meant to be excited for something we was meant to get months ago!?"
Froyo has appeared only on a handful of handsets, including the HTC Desire and the Google Nexus One, so perhaps this last person was being a bit unfair.
Motorola has not had an easy path to Froyo and in August of this year it sent out cease and desist letters to websites offering the download for its handsets. µ
Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ