Cincinnati Bell released to its customer an unusual method of updating the Motorola Milestone XT720 to Android 2.2 (Froyo), using a custom ROM update. Network operators that provide a contract-based service with handsets usually lock their devices preventing users from switching between carriers. But this sure seems to be an interesting way to keep users glued.
Yes, users of this device currently stuck on Eclair can now update their OS. Even though the Froyo and Gingerbread systems have been introduced, Motorola appears to have kept its customers in the dark with no official announcement for an upgrade to the XT720 specifically. And the fact that Cincinnati Bell has gone ahead and released the update does seem to say a lot.
A tutorial of the smartphone for their users along with the procedure which involves rooting the device so that users can access and edit the file system has been detailed by the carrier. Customers can update the OS and un-root the device after the upgrade is complete.
The update will provide the XT720 with new features including homescreen tips, updates to the Android Market, improved performance and navigation. The device will provide a richer browser experience and support portable hotspot creation which can hold up to eight devices. Addition of the Flash player 10.1 will allow users to view video content and games online. Also applications can now be saved on the SD card.
Motorola Milestone XT720 users can download the update from the Cincinnati Bell update page. The company also provides step-by-step instructions and a video on the update procedure.