…and then Sprint released Android 2.3 for the Motorola XPRT


With most company’s focused squarely on updating their recent product lineups to Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, Motorola and Sprint have delivered us a bit of a throwback. The Motorola XPRT, released back in the early summer months of 2011, is now seeing its update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The positive is that Motorola and Sprint have not forgotten about those folks still locked into a two-year contract with the XPRT, an admittedly niche device. But we’re left with the question: why is this thing is just now getting upgraded to Gingerbread?

It’s true, most manufacturers would have abandoned software updates for the XPRT a long time ago, so we applaud the effort, but in today’s world its Ice Cream Sandwich (at least) or bust. Anything less feels underwhelming. XPRT users will no doubt appreciate the new software, but it’s interesting to see Moto still devoting resources to the handset.

[Sprint via TechCrunch]

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  1. Project Butter or bust tbh.

    1. Not all phones have the ram or gpu power for ics and above.

  2. Congratulations XPRT owners! Welcome to the ranks of the MOTOROLA family who are only TWO O/S updates behind……………….

  3. I think moving forward with Google behind the wheel, Motorola is going to get much better at releasing devices on current software.

  4. Better than nothing. They get a thumbs for this and as you’ve mentioned these devices are usually forgotten in the mix of things.

  5. Looks at his Bionic in disbelief.

  6. Why does everyone want to blame Motorola? The Droid Pro (nearly identical to the Motorola XPRT) was upgraded to Gingerbread nearly a year ago. I’d be looking at Sprint, not Motorola. BTW, I currently have a Droid Pro on Page Plus and still have a Motorola XPRT on Sprint (for another month). I, for one, am looking forward to the Gingerbread update — the Droid Pro’s software is much nicer, especially in reference to the WiFi issues.

    1. Agreed. I have the Droid Pro as well, and I was shocked to read the headline and realize that the XPRT was still on Froyo. I figured they would have sent out the GB update shortly after the Pro. I’m willing to bet the only real changes were the Sprint apps and network software, so the blame is probably 100% on Sprint for this one.

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