We have been bugging Verizon Wireless and HTC to see if the Droid Eris would be getting Android 2.0 and they have been reluctant to confirm any details, until today. InformationWeek has just received a new statement from Verizon that finally confirms what we have been waiting for.
“The Droid Eris currently using Android 1.5, can and will be upgraded to newer a Android operating system software in first quarter 2010. The enhancement will allow customers to continue to enjoy the powerful HTC Sense experience while also gaining the additional benefits of Google Maps Navigation.”
Verizon did not specify whether the update would be Android 2.0 or 2.1, but based on the recent leak of the HTC Sense UI (already running 2.1) we think it will be the latter. The significant system update is expected sometime during the first quarter of 2010.
For anyone who missed it, last time we asked HTC about the Android 2.0 release date for the Droid Eris, we got the following response.
“I understand that it is important you receive all the information about a device before purchasing it. Currently, our developers have to work with the carriers to determine when and if a ROM upgrade will be available for any of their branded models. Unfortunately, I do not have any information on if the DROID ERIS by HTC will receive the Ã‰clair update, as it is dependant upon Verizon requesting it. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.”
I guess we can speculate that Verizon went ahead and requested the update after listening to feedback from customers. It is nice to see a carrier finally comment on this issue and we hope Sprint and T-Mobile will do the same. Both carriers said they would update me on their plans when things change, but I have yet to hear anything new from them.
It should also be noted that if the HTC Droid Eris and Hero phones are receiving Android 2.x, it should be possible for other first generation devices from HTC to also receive the update. Most of the phones share similar hardware and the device drivers should be able to be back ported. I still have my doubts the T-Mobile G1 will officially receive the 2.x update because of its fatally limited internal storage, but I’m sure someone will be able to make it work.