As seems to be the case more often than not, if you want OS updates for your Android handset, you may be better served turning to the development community if you are the risky type that likes tinkering around with your phone. This time a band of ROM-smiths over at ModMyMobile have built up an alpha release of Eclair for the Motorola Cliq from the source. The ROM known as Eclair2Cliq is stock Android without any MotoBlur on top.
Notable is the generally difficult process of hacking Moto’s Android handsets. Motorola doesn’t make it easy for users to load unapproved software onto their phones, but seeing as the anticipated Q2 release of their official 2.1 update for the Cliq is quickly closing in on its deadline and is nowhere to be found, the extra effort isn’t surprising. Of course, Motorola goes through several more rounds of quality control than a rogue group of hackers putting out an admittedly fragile alpha release.