Mar 30 AT 11:22 AM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

Verizon begins new test of Motorola Droid OTA update to Android 2.1

The Motorola Droid OTA update to Android 2.1 has been delayed more times than we care to dig up. We had been speculating that Motorola was dealing with some distribution issues, but it appears they made some unknown fixes at the last moment.

The build number that Verizon originally intended to rollout (ESE53) has been replaced with a newer version (ESE81). We have no word of what changes were made because Verizon is still listing the same benefits of the update on their support site.

Engadget has posted an internal Verizon email which states a small test of 1,000 users will begin today. If that round of updates is successful, then 9,000 more users should expect the update tonight. This is similar to the earlier schedule we saw leak, but all the dates have been updated.

If everything goes according to plan (cross your fingers), the majority of Droid owners should see this update hit their phones late this week.

Below is the software-upgrade notification schedule (All times listed are Eastern Time):

  • At noon on 03/30, 1,000 users will receive notification of the update.
  • At 11:59 PM on 03/30, 9,000 more users will receive the update notification.
  • After the first 10,000 users receive the update on 03/30, there will be a 24-hour period when no additional upgrades will be delivered.
  • On Day 3 (04/01), 200,000 users will receive the update notification at 11:59 PM. This schedule will continue each day thereafter until the update has been delivered to all users.

If this update hits your phone today, please let us know.

Source: Engadget

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  • skeltonmedia

    Who’s ready for all this 2.1 talk to be behind us? Come on manual update link…

  • http://Website CJ

    Smh…. Until Verizon says it’s so I won’t even consider this to be true. We’ve played this leaked internal memo game before. At this point you guys shouldn’t even be reporting this crap without confirmation from Verizon directly.

    • skeltonmedia

      The last one was real, just never made it past the test phase, which is the purpose of the rollout so if there is a bug that is bricking phones it can be corrected.

  • Andrew

    Yeah, whatever

  • Matt Demers

    Man, now to just wait for the Milestone in Canada.

  • http://Website Caniswolfie

    I smell an April Fool’s joke. Especially since the first big group of users will be on April 1st according to this time line. I guess time will tell if anyone gets an update today or at Midnight. I’m would like the update to my phone, though I’m not obsessing over it. Personally I would like to see an update to 2.1 on the Droid Eris since my wife has that phone and we both would like to see the navigation app on it.

  • http://Website spittifire86

    Yeah…. who cares about Milestone, they already got the update. DROIIID! Hope its true…. I WANT MORE HOMESCREENS!! thats all i have been waiting for.

  • http://Website phil miller

    I wonder if it will be worth it to go back to stock from Cryogen.

  • http://Website Eris Owner

    I think this one might be the real deal finally. The forums are going crazy and I’ve even seen some screenshots from updates Droids…but I’m still not gonna hold my breath.

    You may be asking yourself why I care since I’m an Eris owner…well as soon as your update drops I’m hoping we get ours! Were still running 1.5!

  • Brandon

    I’m not believing shit this close to April fools day…

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  • http://Website Nick
  • http://Website JES

    if you want more screens just go to the market and get Helix Launcher =9 screens

  • http://Website conny nelson

    I received the update on march 30 pt time

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