Motorla’s Droid X Shenanigans

Several months ago the Droid X from Motorola and Verizon launched with much fanfare. The device shipped with Android 2.1 but all the pre-launch events and advertisement played up the fact that there was an impending upgrade to 2.2 that would make the Droid X one of the first phones with Flash 10.1 support. The launch was July 15, 2010 and the upgrade date was said to be by “late summer” at the latest.

Today is September 20th. Autumn officially begins on early in the morning on Thursday the 23rd. So far there is no announcement that the upgrade will happen in the next three days.

The forum manager at the official Motorla site has been hinting for days that there isn’t any reason to change the “late summer” prediction. He “asks every day if there is any reason to change that”. He won’t however update any official threads or actually say “the update is coming out this week.” In fact he says things like “when there is news I will post it”

I think that if Moto is going to meet the deadline in the next two days that would be news, if they aren’t that would be news too. If Matt (the forum manager) doesn’t know which it is yet it is even bigger news.

Either way what game is Moto playing? Why is it so hard to say either “we are confident we’ll be able to roll out the update this week” or “we are hopeful…” or “there is an outside chance” or “bugs that cropped up in our latest build indicate that the update will likely be delayed for a little while longer.” Any of those answers is better than smug comments that imply something without actually saying anything.

Jerry Sutton

I am, at heart, a software developer though I am currently managing a small Information Technology department for a mid sized company located in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. When I am not playing with the latest smart-phone or trying to become inspired to write code I read almost anything I can get my hands on from Pulp Era adventures to biographies of world leaders and everything in between.