Mar 22 AT 6:53 PM Taylor Wimberly 46 Comments

Droid 2.1 OTA coming tomorrow (3/23)?

At this point, we have no idea when the Android 2.1 update is coming to the Droid. Motorola has repeatedly posted on their Facebook page that the launch is imminent, but customers are still eagerly waiting.

Verizon tweeted that there was no delay with the OTA update, but we¬† have heard different reports from multiple sources. I’ve seen the internal emails that say the update would not happen as planned, so it is anyone’s guess when it might arrive.

One of our readers @seanjhnsn informed us he received a text message from Verizon stating an update would be available 3/23 after 7 AM. We are unaware of any other updates for the Droid, so this could be related (or maybe not). If you happen to receive the update, hit up our tip line and let us know.

CTIA starts tomorrow so it is possible Motorola or Verizon could issue a release on the status of the update.

Anyone else get this text?

Verizon has shared the following notes about the upcoming OTA update:

  • An OTA download requires 40% or more power availability if the device is not connected to an external power source or 20% or more power if it is connected to an external source
  • If roaming, the customer will not receive the update. The only option in this scenario is for the subscriber to enable Wi-Fi and wait for a mandatory OTA. The wait period in this case will not be more than 12 hours
  • User must wait to receive the upgrade via OTA
  • User is unable to make or receive calls, including emergency calls during this time
  • Users will see the following information when they select More info on the update screen: This software update includes new enhancements to support Yahoo! Email, pinch-to-zoom, and many other improvements for your DROID by Motorola. You will be unable to use your device or make emergency calls for the duration of the install. The software updates automatically, and your DROID will power off and on as part of this software upgrade. For more information please visit:

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  • Andrew

    That is probably just saying that they upgraded the coverage in his area. *228 is a program or update roaming

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Makes sense. Thanks for the info.

    • Blueprint

      Hey. This is @seanjhnsn, when I got the text this morning I was overly excited and didn’t realize what date it was and tried to update, but as luck would have it nothing happened. This is the same number for updating roaming but after dialing *228 you have to select 2 instead of 1. Apparently Option 1 is apparently for OTA updates and Option 2 is for roaming? Or thats how the automated service made it sound.

      • Andrew

        Option 1 is for programming the device when you first get the phone. I am unsure why they want you to press one, but I am almost positive its not for OTA

        • Blueprint

          Yeah, I understand what you are saying. I don’t know. I’ll def be up at 7 to check it out though, and if it does work (or doesn’t work) I’ll repost here and send pictures/ information to Android and Me via twitter.

        • http://*228_is_OTA Sembazuru

          Seems some of you don’t have a full understanding of what OTA means. All it means is “Over The Air”. When you dial *228 you are just programming the phone settings over the air. Selection 1 is to set all the phone network settings including: MIN (Mobile Identification Number i.e. phone number); preferred network (A or B); PRL; and a few others that I can’t remember off the top of my head via OTA. Selection 2 just updates the PRL (Preferred Roaming List) via OTA. What we are waiting for is a firmware update via OTA.

          OTA is just a method of delivery, not any one specific thing. Sort of like mail. You can send a letter via mail, walk to someone’s house and hand-deliver it, or expect them to walk to your house and pick it up. It used to be for settings and updates we would have to walk to the Verizon store and “pick up” any settings, but now it is just mailed to us via OTA.

          BTW… the PRL changes often (several times a year) as various contracts end and start, and as infrastructure goes up and down. It is a good idea to (at least monthly) dial *228 and select option 2 if you regularly travel out of your “home” area. I would suggest dialing it before traveling over an hour or two away if you don’t regularly dial it. Otherwise, a contract may have changed somewhere and you get hit with roaming fees when you shouldn’t.

          • http://Website Name (required)

            My update notice was just to update voicemail – they sent out a printed notice last month on this.

  • http://Website CJ

    As always, I’ll believe it when Verizon makes an actual announcement and I have it fully installed and functional on my Droid.

  • http://Website horsethiefbandit

    Fool me once …

  • http://Website Me

    *228 op 1 only programs the phone into the network. Has nothing to so with software. Sorry people.

  • http://Website skeltonmedia

    How can you classify this as news? Rumors are not worth reading about…

  • Tony M.

    Thats the number to update your phone when you first get it, and they recommend you do it from time to time. I think it updates your phone with the towers. I’m going to assume that this “Network Upgrade” means he has a new tower in his coverage area but I’ll probably dial that joint when I wake up tomorrow because im so darn itchy.

  • http://Website coggy9

    I think Motorola is working in Valve Time now……

  • http://Website thenewmalcolm

    Definitely not news

  • Mike

    Geez — I feel like I have heard this before. In fact, I feel like I have heard this like 5 times now. I’ll believe it when my phone says I have an update waiting to be installed. Based on Verizon and Motorolas track record so far, that should be sometime in August.

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  • http://Website g3nk1e

    Alright Motorola/Verizon/Google, now I’m really getting pissed off… Just release the update already! :(

  • http://Website Stephan

    Yup, sorry guys but *228 is for reprogramming your phone so it has access to the newest cell sites. Verizon Wireless uses several starred numbers to reprogram our cell phones. Another of these starred numbers is *73 which is used for resetting your phone’s VoiceMail configuration (ie. if you are set up with TrapCall or Google Voice as your phone’s primary VoiceMail provider and wish to reset back to standard VoiceMail).

    However, the OTA may be coming because the Nexus One is supposed to be released on Verizon Wireless tomorrow and all of the Verizon Wireless representatives have told me that the Droid OTA will come before the Nexus One is released on Verizon Wireless. But, if the Nexus One is moved to Verizon Wireless before the Droid gets its update, we may all be screwed.

    • http://Website ICON

      I dunno when you talked to the rep, but that was probably true before the “last minute bug” was caught when they did/didn’t roll out the OTAU a few days ago.

      Now, who knows.

  • http://Website Zach Grant

    The rumors were that the people in charge of distribution were at fault for the thursday release failure right? And they said that some phones had received it as planned, well my theory for how this *228 update plays into it is that the network is to blame. But not in a major way, the documentation said that you would not receive it if you were roaming, well seeing as a lot of people piggyback off of other networks and not true VZW towers(at least in my area) sometimes the data gets weird when it shouldn’t and all. So what if the issue is that these phones won’t update because of a PRL issue and the network doesn’t see them fit to push the update to? If they make all the people in other areas(of course not all at once) update their PRL’s to work with the other towers, the OTA update could then be pushed to their phones.

    Just my idea from reading it, please criticize at will.

    And what timezone was this person in? I wouldn’t mind checking to see if it will update on mine even if I haven’t gotten the text.

    • Blueprint

      I’m in Auburn, AL, so central timezone.

      • http://Website Zach Grant

        I will definitely try to see if it will let me update at 7am, I’m in central time too. Hopefully my idea is sound and we get a lil Hello Moto in the morning!

        • Blueprint

          When you dial the *228 it says it’s the over-the-air program center, so I’m really hoping it’s really 2.1 and not just a tower update. : /. Either way, like I said earlier, I’m going to update Android and Me, and if it is the real update I’ll try to take pictures of the process.

  • http://Website CruseZoo

    IMO, the best thing that I ever did with my Droid was stop pouring over these forums waiting for a sniff of 2.1 and root my phone. Koush’s CyanogenMod 5.0.5 is 2.1 plus a whole lot of other goodies that VZW wouldn’t want you to have. :)

  • http://Website BeSerious
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      • http://Website CruseZoo

        ?? Old .pdf before they recanted… Reason for posting is….?

        • http://Website Stephan

          This can’t be the update. *228 is for activation and cell site updates.

  • http://Website JAG

    when i see it believe it

  • http://Website skooal

    Update? No update? January? December? In between? Later? All this might bring Android to an end, all those companies couldn’t give a damn they already made their money once they put the device in your hand… it is pushing people back to the iPhone… shame!!!

  • http://Website Justin

    If the network and ota updates are such an issue why doesnt google just give us a damn d/l directly?

    • Blueprint

      I agree completely. All this stuff with OTA seems to be to big of a hassle for all involved. They could easily make a website and send out a mass text to everyone for us to download it…

  • http://Website Justin

    my point exactly, probably a quick download, easy install with usb and no traffic on their network

  • http://Website mkid

    This is bull i just did this didn’t work

  • http://Website mkid

    Its 7:12 here

  • http://Website genrev

    so I just called that *228 and press number 2 and nothing happened. Ugh i’m just going to give up. Bye Bye moto. I’m going to be nexus one.

  • http://Website Brandon

    Nope didn’t. Work

  • http://Website basa1987

    Correct me if I am wrong but I believe one would call *228 to update their roaming and network capabilities. That is why the text this person received stated due to network upgrades.

  • ColinScatt

    Updated my roaming capabilities, so that is nice! No OTA update though…pipedream.

  • http://Website archangel

    Probably verizon wants to include flash 10.1 with the update and that’s why they don’t send the upgrade just yet. Whatever it is let’s hope they do it soon. Its frustating.

  • http://Website Judy

    Been waiting for it to be 7:00 am PT and tried it – absolutely did NOT work!!! waaaaaaaaa!!! Can’t wait for the update and I am afraid to root – don’t know anything about it and I am afraid it will void my warranty. What if something goes wrong?????? Hopefully, 2.1 will be here today after all….

  • http://Website LibEarl

    Pretty sure that is just telling you to update your coverage or roaming capabilities, but out of pure hope and wonder, I tried calling *228 this morning. No luck. It just updated my home usage area. :(

  • http://Website just droid

    I want the Motorola droid but . They said we can do so much but I don’t know wat . If any one have the specific apps for the the cool apps please email thanks . I am waiting for the new droid 2.1

  • grellanl

    Does the Motorola Software Update tool not work on Droid too? I’ve updated my Milestone to 2.1-update1, no problem. It gives you the full, legit download, and no waiting until the FOTA logistical challenges are resolved.

  • Blueprint

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to post, college has decided to be a bitch these last few days. It wasn’t “the update”. And it, as far as I can tell, didn’t change my roaming or voicemail, honestly I can’t figure out what this network upgrade did, if anything. But it def wasn’t the OTA. Sorry all.

  • eorourke

    News on the 2.1 update for Motorola Droid can be found here: