It appears Motorola have updated their Android Update Schedule, and as usual with Motorola, bad news. The Moto DEXT, Quench & Backflip will never (read it: never) be updated past Android 1.5 as Motorola says:

Will remain on Android 1.5 for the best combined hardware and software experience

So if you’re an early adopter of these devices that helped bring Motorola back into the mobile market, they’ve returned the favor by stabbing you repeatedly in the back. Well done, Motorola.

Thanks to our reader, Dave, for pointing this out.

Source: Motorola Software Updates.
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just wait for the atrix to come out, should sort it all

Bah Humbug

Got the wife a Quench. It has problems and the Optus guy said “New Android on Nov 1”.
He lied obviously.
This is the second and last Motorola I will buy. The first one was a Windoze not so smart phone. Neither a good PDA or a good phone.


By the way, if anyone has any kind of hack to upgrade Android to something newer than 1.5 on the backflip, submit a link here 😉

Will try anything since it’s already as useful as a doorstop now anyway.


Well… my wife got a backflip a few months back with the promise of a 2.1 upgrade – She was a loooong time motorola fan.

Absolutely HATE motorola now – worst phone ever, nothing but glitches all day, every day… and now with no fix in sight, it’s as good as bricked already.

Will never buy another motorola product ever again! Specially anything with motoblah on it.


and there goes Motorola from Optus online shop… none to be seen


and this is why Android is not so open. Just a little bit pissy about this.

Anyone know if there is a ROM available?


There is, but you’ll most likely lose 3G connectivity by rooting.

I had a DEXT (well I still have it) but early upgraded to the Galaxy S a few months back because the touchscreen on the DEXT was busted and Motorola wouldn’t admit that it was a flaw (happened on 3 different replacements DEXTs).

Seriously, fuck Motorola. Android is open, Motorola are just bastardising the platform. They should be kicked out of the Open handset Alliance.



I sold my Milestone after Motorola started deleting threads from their forums asking why we had a locked boot loader. Good luck Moto. You’re not getting my money again.


why do you say most likely lose 3G? do you know of or have read of someone losing 3G from rooting? If so, can you point to the article that refers to this please? Just trying to cover all bases….


Well at least the U.S. version of the Backflip is testing 2.1… Sorry to the rest of you. But now maybe someone will develope some custom ROM to rock Moto and AT&T for their corporate greed.


As I said on phandroid, one of the reasons I got the DEXT when I had to get a phone, was the promise.of a upgrade.

What puzzles me that the Clix is getting an upgrade in the states by the same chart?

Any rumors of people producing a rom for the DEXT, let us know Ausdroid.


Motorola doesn’t care about any other markets. They nerfed the Milestone while the Americans could mess around with the Droid.


Bye Bye Moto


Motorola does it again.


This sucks 🙁


Love the tags you used on this one… Fail, Suck, Terrible. So far only Motorola is listed as having any articles under those tags 🙂

Now I’m off to Google rooting Quench…


Can you let us know how you go with that?

I’ve found this article ( for rooting it but it seems like it will still be on 1.5 until someone compiles a ROM for it.


@cg0191 – Oh yes, cause when I paid $35 to upgrade my iPod Touch to the 2.x software that was completely awesome of them.


Maybe we should publish on the net a hall of shane of cell phone companies that are most supportive of their existing customers down to least supportive. Motorola would have to be bottom of the list with Apple & HTC arguably at the top.
Im on the fence about Samsung, they dont have a great track record but promisec to update their Galaxy S this month to 2.2
Lets see…


Motorola Scum! Guess i’ll have to hack my DEXT after all.


Oooh, that’s pretty average. I was close to getting a Quench on Optus’s $29 plan, as I figured ‘surely they’ll bring it up to at least 2.1’. Man, glad I didn’t… glad I didn’t.