Motorola Defy: Android 2.2 Froyo – Release Date Update for US / UK

By Alan Ng - Nov 24, 2010

We have some good and bad news for those of you with a Motorola Defy handset now, as although Motorola has just confirmed that the handset will be receiving a taste of Android 2.2 Froyo, users will have to wait a good while to get it.

What do we mean by good while? – Q2 2011 according to Motorola. As Phandroid reports, the update will first be landing for Defy owners in Europe, Asia, Middle East, meaning that those of you in the US will have to wait even further.

While any software update is good, you have to remember that in Q2 2011, Gingerbread and Honeycomb are likely to be the default options for many android smartphones and tablets, and to think that Motorola is only pushing out Froyo to Defy owners at that period – well it’s pretty disappointing isn’t it.

As a Defy owner, what are your thoughts on this? Happy you are getting it still, or mad that it will still be outdated with the likes of Gingerbread and Honeycomb in town? Give us your thoughts on this.

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  • I bought my Defy in Asia, and now I’m in the US. How come it won’t upgrade to Froyo? Everytime I check for system updates, it’s just telling me that it’s not available. What do I do?

  • KirkJ

    I have the Defy also. As far as speed I can flip thru home screens as fast as I can swipe my finger across the screen, REALLY fast. Just how fast does it need to be? And i have two home screens packed full of quick dial numbers with pictures not to mention the widgets. Plenty fast for me. After my one year warranty runs out I may put Honeycomb or gingerbread on it.

  • Can we get the exact date that Motorola will officially release Android 2.2 for the Defy in Australia / UK / US etc?

  • I have a Defy. Speed is important to me, and with a newer version of android smartphones get better performance. It is clear that scrolling the interface on the Defy is often not as smooth as it should be. Motorola have said that the Android 2.2 experience on the Defy is smoother. It is important that Motorola rolls out Android 2.2 and 2.3 to customers that aren’t technically savvy enough to hack their phones, or don’t wish to void their warranties.
    It is great that the Defy can survive a dunking in water, and that it has such a bright, high resolution screen, in a compact phone that easily fits your pocket, I hope that Android manufacturers build more like this.

    • wyccad

      Try Launcher Pro. Even under 2.1, fixes scrolling and is a great launcher.

      I'm currently running beta version of Froyo from Motorola.

  • chris

    I have a Defy,. I don’t really care if it has 2.1 or 2.2, there is not much difference. I’m and engineer and my defy gets covered in allsorts all the time and works like a dream. I don’t think you could say that for any other phone on the market.

    • malmon


      @Chris – I totally agree. I love this phone – froyo or no froyo!

  • Erica

    Ah, I still like my Defy, it's doing a "maintanence update" right now, which concerns me, because I use to have a motorola backflip, and learned the hard way when the "maintanence update" bricked my phone, so I'm a little nervous. After doing a little research between Android 2.1 and 2.2, I'm not seeing a HUGE difference, like there was between 1.5 and 2.1 with live wallpapers, etc, that is really going to make me impatient. However, I do have to agree that having a brand new device that runs an old OS sucks, and even thought I come from an iPhone, and I truly believe that Android has the potiental to blow the iOS right out of the water, and make Apple users envious of us, Android keeps screwing themselves, and until they figure out what it really is that they want to do with their OS, Apple will still be the more powerful OS.

  • Tom

    Why the wait? Need 2.2 now. If I had known I was sentenced to such a long wait, I wouldn't have bought three Defy's.

  • jose

    we are tired of waiting come on motoroa ! i've got Motorola defy and i feel like that it's outdating…

  • umer kayani

    2 much delay

  • Charles

    It seems version for defy(ME525) is with default Foyo

  • This is why I am starting to enjoy the Blackberry experience. More and more-they don’t stuff you about.O.S 6.0 is out everyone get’s it across the board and it works.

    • Jeff F

      Blackberry did the same thing, they told storm 2 owners they would get 6 but they dont, The 9700 only has a leaked version that depletes almost all of its memory, and the new webkit browser is a lot better but will probably never get flash.

    • Kyle

      it works like that for BB for the same reason it does for iPhone. One manufacturer makes the software and hardware for all of the devices. With Android, because it is spread over such a large amount of hardware providers, multiple driver modifications have to be made and each phone gets a customized version. Not to mention that Motorola will most likely be adapting MotoBlur to work with the update.