Dec 04 AT 1:34 PM Taylor Wimberly 17 Comments

Verizon confirms HTC Droid Eris to get Android 2.x update

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 Éclair 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.

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  • t1h5ta3

    Lol.. i love how the ” some one” is linked to the one and only ! Lol. Bring it on! All were waiting on is drivers….

  • http://Website Brian Hanifin

    To me this looks inconclusive. The except you shared only informs us Eris users will get navigation. After all Android 1.6 is all that is required for navigation.

    Oh, further down on the original article states:

    “When asked to clarify exactly which version of Android the Droid Eris will get, Raney explained that, based on the timing, the Droid Eris will be updated to either Android 2.0 or 2.1.”

  • William Furr

    The latest CM builds already incorporate a bunch of tasty Eclair goodness from the AOSP drop.

  • http://Website tatto

    I hope they will release one for my HTC Tattoo phone as well.

  • kris

    @tatto I’ve heard about them releasing the tattoo but never heard fif they did or not..where’d did you pick one up

  • http://Website mike

    Im new to smart phones and android phones and all that stuff, i just got an eris 2 days ago… does anyone know why they cant update it now?? and when they release the update, how do i update it or does it do it automatically… i just think its weird to this is the only phone i cant save text messages on, and that i have to download an app specifically so i can make a custom ringtone for a text msg, but other then that so far i like the eris!

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  • Htcfails

    Well htc actually fails at life for spreading a rumor about this. I’m seriously tempted to throw my eris through a wall because of it’s shitastic loading speed. And now they try to get our hopes up with four different update release data and still fail to send it out. I now regret not getting the moto droid and htc is a banned phone within my household permenantly.

  • greenteagod

    Hey Htcfails. It’s still two months to go in the first quarter. Stop being a total twat.

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  • http://Website curiousnewcomer

    Ok I am new at this Droid as well and I would like to know if the upgrade is going to be over the air or do i hjave to go into settings and see if the update is avalible manually…Like I do for the apps?

  • http://Website Htcfails

    Well greenteagod looks like it’s the last month of q1 and wow verizon is focusing on a different phone than the update so go suck off htc more and realize you will be wrong as I said before. Nice fa dude

  • http://Website eorourke

    I just received update from HTC on when they expect to release 2.1 – sometime within the first 6 months of 2010… read more here:

  • http://Website eorourke

    For those of you who just can?t wait to get the 2.1 update on your Droid Eris, the developers at the XDA Developer Forum have rooted the Eris and leaked a working ROM for 2.1. Read more here:

  • eorourke

    Still no ‘official’ word from HTC or Verizon on the 2.1 update for Eris. The reps at Verizon kept eluding to sometime in April, but nothing has been confirmed. Read more here:

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