Dec 07 AT 4:47 PM Taylor Wimberly 41 Comments

Droid does updates: Android 2.0.1 now available (VIDEO)

We just received word Verizon has begun rolling out a new software update for the Motorola Droid. The over the air update brings the Android operating system up to Android 2.0.1 and includes a heavy number of bug fixes.

For step-by-step instructions on how to perform the download, please visit

The following enhancements to the Droid by Motorola have been made:

  • OS stability is improved.
  • Battery life is improved.
  • Camera auto focus functionality is improved, and time between shots is reduced.
  • Enhancements for three-way calling.
  • Audio for incoming calls is improved.
  • When receiving a call on call waiting, the speakerphone now remains on.
  • Bluetooth┬« functionality is improved; background echo is eliminated.
  • Improved Bluetooth phone book transfer of contacts to in-vehicle Bluetooth solutions.
  • After closing a GPS application, the GPS icon will now automatically be removed from the notification panel.
  • Users can now receive SMS and MMS messages after an EMS message is received.
  • SMS and MMS may now be sent to seven-digit addresses.
  • Google┬« contact merging has been updated to accommodate seven-digit numbers.
  • Visual Voice Mail notices now arrive instantaneously.
  • The corporate calendar widget user interface is updated.

Update: Found a video posted from GFQ Network.

If you own a Droid and have received the update, let us know your thoughts on how it works.

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  • Jef

    I’ve been posting further details about the OTA update on my post here:

    Added screenshots, and the Map of users reporting updates….

  • http://Website Jake

    I tried to go and check for updates and it says that my Droid is up-to-date. Is this something that will just come to us, or do we have a choice of getting it a little sooner?

  • tjizzle

    Come on man… tmobile is getting left behind. When is the mytouch getting updated?

  • http://Website Kuvee

    you should do a software check because it does have the update for the mytouch and g1. go to settings, phone status, system updates to update.

  • http://Website Chris Snyder

    If anyone gets the update notification, please follow this:

    It could help the rooting effort greatly.

  • http://Website Mike


  • http://Website Haggie

    droid still reporting as “up-to-date”

    I think someone got a little ahead of themselves.

    • http://Website Gumby

      Guess someone is an idiot and don’t know much about updates

  • http://Website A Man

    Ahead of themselves? I guess you’re correct. The guy with the video is an obvious fake.

  • Mark

    I can’t speak to how VZW works it, but on T-Mo the “check for updates” all ways says you’re up to date when they are pushing an OTA update.

    The check for updates has worked for me when I reverted to previous versions of Android after unrooting my G1.

  • Fidget253

    hes not fake, verizon pushed the update out to 1000 phones today, tonight there pushing it out to 9000 more phones as a test, then if no major issues arise, starting Oct 11 at 12am, 200,000 updates will be pushed out daily until everyone is updated

  • kris

    Oct 11??

  • kris

    The check for updates only works when you select update later when an ota makes it to your phone

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  • Mast3r_Shake

    I assume he means December 11, not Oct. My Droid also tells me that it is up to date even though it is still 2.0

  • Terence

    How is Tmobile getting left behind? Read the list closely: GPS automatically exits the notification pane? Sms and Mms to a 7 digit addresses? Improved autofocus and transition times? Large portion of it is stuff we G1 and MyTouch owners already have…

  • pepilly

    I got the update on my Droid as well. Miss the old unlock slider

  • Mast3r_Shake

    For those who got the update, did you do anything? I keep going to search for new updates and it keeps telling me my phone is up to date.

  • http://Website pepilly

    sometime last night it just popped up and asked me if i wanted to install

  • max fadia

    this has got to be good be to be true witch it is fake because i have a droid and it said it said it was u to date so i don’t even now how this can be real

    • http://Website appuru_guru

      @max fadia…it is real. android 2.0.1 was being pushed to a limited number of phones yesterday..and the rest of the updates are supposed to continue on the 11th. at least that’s how i understood it

  • http://Website Kay

    All of you new Droid users are ignorant of how Android OTA updates work….so i wont flame.

    Basically not everyone gets the update at the same time. A Select/Random batch of phones always gets the update first.

    All phones will report to be up to date, when they DO NOT have the latest version. The updates are initially rolled out in WAVES.

    Please do some research before you go calling everything a fake because your phone wasn’t randomly selected.

  • irritated

    It upsets me that noobs act like theyknow everything and put everything android down because they know nothing about it..but they have the money for the droid while were still holdiing on to G1′s and MT3G’S great phones but of course not the newest.

  • Fidget253

    after using the 2.0.1 update for a little bit, it is AMAZING, responce is much better, the phone works 10 times faster in general. Changing from the home screens to the other screen has the responsiveness that the iphone has. This phone is truely the best now

  • http://Website Nick

    I love the Droid. By far the best phone I’ve ever used. This phone goes to 11. I just updated to 2.0.1 (manually, you can google how to do this). There is one giant flaw that the Droid has though, and it appears that this updated did not fix the flaw. The flaw is not being able to add email signatures. There is a way to do a signature in the Gmail app, but not in the regular mail app where you would have Exchange or multiple email accounts. I primarily use my Exchange email with work, and so not having email signatures is a major issue, and a major loss on free advertising for Motorola, Verizon, & Google (think about how many emails you get that say, “sent from my blackberry (or iphone).” I know there are posts about this on the web, but I figured I’d put it somewhere else so hopefully someone at Google will correct this, quickly.

    • http://Website Jennifer

      I can’t believe this is still an issue or that no work-around app has been developed. This is a fairly big issue to me. LOVE the Droid, but I don’t need every person to whom I respond to know I’m out of the office when I reply.

  • Rong Thach

    I’m still waiting for the update for my new Motorola Droid of which I recently just received…

  • wes

    Very very awesome. Music player widget is also update. Very nice. I’m glad to see that Google actually listens to its users (as opposed to iphone updates coming so slowly)

  • anna

    I was sleeping when I woke up just now and noticed I had a software update. Kinda feel special being one of the first few. It took about 30 seconds for the whole update to go thru. I’ve only gotten updated for 8 seconds before I started missing my unlock slider and just the overall interface looks different. My youtube widget even looks a lot bigger. I didn’t really have too much issue with the bugs most people were experiencing so would there be a way to revert back to the previous OS if someone decides its not working for them?

  • http://Website Patrick

    So I just got it, and I can browse any app while on the phone. Suck it Idont commercials.


    I installed the 2.0.1 update last night (12/10) via OTA in Atlanta. Around 12:15am a popup appeared informing me it was available and prompting for permission to install.

    The only obvious UI change was that the slide to unlock is now a line instead a curve. The system definitely seems snappier now.

  • http://Website JPGuy

    First thing I noticed after the upgrade was the on-screen clock and date on the “unlock pattern” screen. They were left justified (centered before) and had a different font face. Also new was the Power Control bar (widget) on my main screen. More grey, as opposed to the previous white look (perhaps to conserve some battery?).

    One negative thing I noticed is the alarm. When it goes off, there is no place to snooze or disable. Previous to the update, it showed up right up front (over the “unlock pattern” screen). Now, you have to drag it down from the top, and possibly unlock the pattern first before doing so. (Didn’t test pulling down from the top without unlocking phone). Very inconvenient.

  • http://Website Jessica

    Is anyone having problems with their update? I was syncing my phone numbers from my facebook contacts and after updating they have disappeared! I checked my settings and they are the same. Its syncs names and emails, but not phone numbers.

    • http://Website josh

      ive got the same problem, if you figure something out would you post it, or email me


  • http://Website Ed

    I got the update, my unlock slider has changed. I like the old unlock slider, is there a way to configure/change how the unlock slider works i looked in setting and if you can change I just dont see how?

  • http://Website louman

    COOl. love the way the home screen transitions now. not nuts about the slide lock though..even so Droid Rocks!!!

  • oJ

    Just did the update and my work email (exchange server) stopped working immediately. I get an error message and then get the option to force close. Gmail works fine, but if work email isn’t going to work, I can’t use this phone. Bummer.

    • http://Website oj

      This problem persisted, so I plunked down the 20 bucks for the TouchDown app. Well worth the money.

  • http://Website nytefytr

    Got the OTAupdate on the 10th – battery life is definitely improved. I haven’t charged the phone yet with lots of apps running including push email, driving in and out of fringe coverage areas, etc. Call audio quality also improved, especially with the speaker – before the upgrade, callers would complain that I wasn’t coming through as clearly when using the speaker. The touchscreen response has been improved, as is the response of the screens and apps.

  • http://Website Teresa

    When is the update coming out so that my android will play videos? Any one know?

  • http://Website xavier

    Man, when will my MyTouch3G update?….