Verizon will begin rolling out Android 2.1 to Droid users this week

According to Engadget, Verizon's testing department is around 95 percent done readying the Android 2.1 update for the Motorola Droid. As per their inside source, here are the rumored update's details:

  • Will be Android 2.1 version 1
  • Google Goggles will come pre-installed
  • Multi-touch enabled in the browser (Maps already got this)
  • News and weather widgets
  • No 3D effects menu (still the same drawer)
  • No live wallpapers

It's unclear how concrete the above information is, and things could still change before the official update is pushed. If the rumors are true and a device as powerful and popular as the Droid misses out on all the eye-candy that Android 2.1 has to offer, many users may feel let down. Perhaps the Droid's graphical capabilities aren't enough for 3D effects and live wallpapers. It seems like devices that don't fall under the "superphone" category may miss out on some of what Android 2.1 has to offer.

UPDATE: According to Motorola's Facebook page, the update will begin rolling out this week.

"Hi all-- we know you are frustrated with the lack of details regarding Android software upgrades and we sincerely apologize for not being able to share info sooner. We're happy to relay the 2.1 upgrade to DROID will start to roll out this week, and we will have more information to share on other device upgrades later ...this week as well. Thanks for your patience and continued support."

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Awesome! Having multi-touch in the browser will be fantastic. Personally I don't care for the eye candy, the 2.0.1 UI is more practical anyways.

Cool. I love my Droid, didn't think I'd ever see myself purchasing a 'smart phone', but I'm glad I did. Is this update going to be automatic, or are we going to have to manually get it?

chevyordeath said,
Cool. I love my Droid, didn't think I'd ever see myself purchasing a 'smart phone', but I'm glad I did. Is this update going to be automatic, or are we going to have to manually get it?

The 2.1 update should be OTA(over-the-air). It will most likely install automatically, but if not you can follow these steps: setting > about phone > system updates.

intrinity1 said,
Can we get Hero update HTC?

I'm putting the blame squarely in Sprint's court on that one, having read a lot of forum replies from Sprint and HTC staff. Ok, yea, glad to see we'll put it though a lot of testing, but that didn't prove too good in the first release. I mean really? Text app? Clock being off? Wtf.

/sigh here is to hoping my Hero will see an update soon.

cybertimber2008 said,

I'm putting the blame squarely in Sprint's court on that one, having read a lot of forum replies from Sprint and HTC staff.

I am seriously sick of waiting for the 2.1 update for my Samsung Moment. This phone is too excellent to wait for this update. Gar Sprint! GAR!!!

This just makes me really question Verizon' comments that it is an open phone now unlike previous models. If the phone is so open and can run the 3D apps on it, this just seems shady to me. Granted I still want one in March when I can upgrade my phone. It is LIGHTYEARS ahead of the VZW6800.

Louis M. said,
This just makes me really question Verizon' comments that it is an open phone now unlike previous models. If the phone is so open and can run the 3D apps on it, this just seems shady to me. Granted I still want one in March when I can upgrade my phone. It is LIGHTYEARS ahead of the VZW6800.

Perhaps Verizon is still into artificially crippling their phones?

I have a Droid and while it indeed is not a graphical power house it can easily do a 3D effects menu, the App GDE I have installed on it proves this, so I really do not see why Verizon would not include that feature.

Either way glad to hear an update is coming up sometime soon.