Mar 30 AT 1:30 PM Taylor Wimberly 43 Comments

Confirmed: Droid 2.1 update arriving today

After months of waiting, this finally looks like the real deal. Verizon informed their employees the Droid OTA update for Android 2.1 would begin today and several users have already reported receiving it. Both Droid Life and Phandroid have user pics of the new Android 2.1 firmware (Build ESE81) freshly installed.

As long as the original time line stands, another 9,000 users will receive the update at midnight. A 24-hour dark period will follow tomorrow and then 200,000 users per day should see the update starting April 1.

Look for the manual install instructions once the official download link for the update is discovered.

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.

ESE81 is the final build number for the new Android 2.1 update.

Source: Droid-life

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  • Vineares

    Congrats kids. Enjoy.

  • http://Website joshua

    Finally ………….I guess Thursday or Friday I’ll get mine?

  • http://Website John Giotta

    Fingers crossed hoping Sprint will follow the example. My Hero needs to love.

    • http://Website Rainman

      WAIT!!! You mean SPRINT has none updated phones to??? lol
      you read thru the forums & you’ll find people saying how they are going to leave vzw or Motorola cause they are the ONLY company not updated yet

      wow, the stupidity of sheep :)

  • http://Website Mocha K

    WOW no love for tmobile….feels like ill never get an update for my mt3g

    • Frosty Goodness

      My Mytouch makes me cry. We are starting to see more and more cool apps and games coming out for the 2.x versions, while we are being left behind on less than a year old hardware.

      I’m not even sure 2.x will help though. My phone routinely lags and stalls just coming back home out of Google Maps, or the browser…or facebook…or anything.

      How the 1.5 people can deal with their phones I dont know.

      • http://Website James

        This is one big reason 2 year contracts suck. By the time the first year rolls around, your hardware is so dated but you still have another year to go.

        There used to be an option to pay $50 more upfront and have a 1-year contract instead but that doesn’t exist anymore.

        • http://Website Rainman

          Verizon does early upgrades on primary lines, you just don’t get the full discount price & yes I had to sign another 2 year contract, but I never have problems with vzw so it doesn’t bother me

      • http://Website Ms. Matrix

        I have no choice that’s how. I have the cliq xt and it runs 1.5. I don’t know why they did that, but like I said in another forum, all I could do is wait. I don’t know what 2.0/2.1 is suppose to be like, so I can’t miss something I never had…

  • http://Website Beau

    Just talked to a Verizon Rep and he told me he has not been informed of an update. Hopefully he’s just out of the loop.

    • http://Website Icon

      He must be out of the loop, cause I’ve talked to my Rep, and he confirmed it.

      • http://Website CJ

        Verizon PR must be out of the loop too since they also have no idea about this. Hell, the same goes for Motorola too because their also not aware of the update being pushed out yet.

    • http://Website Larry

      The update is currently in progress and can take up to several weeks before you get it. 200,000 users per day as of 4/1/10 are being updated. If you want to take matters into your own hands, tweet me at chakabobo83.

  • http://Website Jason

    Why do you need an official download link? Can’t someone with the update just send in All you have to do is copy it off your SD card and send it! PLEEZ!

    • http://Website Drew

      Unfortunately, most people are just going to install it without realizing that they could have grabbed the update file first, at which point it will be too late: I believe the install process gets rid of the necessary .zip file after completing. We’re just going to have to get lucky and hope someone who gets it knows what to do. But it may well not happen until the wider rollout.

    • Mike4

      That would be nice, right? Yeah, I really hope someone can do provide it.

    • http://Website Larry

      If any wants to manually update their droid phones, tweet me at chakabobo83 or email me at [email protected]

  • http://Website Ralph

    Any word on 2.1 updates for the Droid Eris?

  • http://Android Ghost

    Droid Geting 2.1 This Week??

  • http://Website glabber

    Do we have to buy the latest phone to get the latest soft? Why dont HTC provide updates for al Android phones but only the latest?

  • http://Website Jorge

    If you are on t-mobile and have had your phone for more than 11 months you can get a full discount on an upgrade to another smarphone, I don’t think that counts the N1

  • hcjr_amo_themes

    i just got a droid from the android seeding program i dont have verizon so if anyone has a nexus one and wants to trade please let me know…

  • Andy A

    Excellent news. Droid needs this update. Let’s hope all go’s well. Would like to be in the first group.

  • http://Website Felix A.

    If you guys can’t waiting a couple of days here is the download for the (just remember to name it just update and not when putting it on to your sdcard or it won’t register).

  • http://Website Anonymous

    Here is a link to manually install the official Android 2.1 for us Droid users from google.

  • skeltonmedia

    Just went to 2.1! Glad this is over with….Nothing really special here.

  • http://Website Zeke0zerp

    Great… So, got the notification for the update, went to apply it and it won’t go because my Droid is rooted… Thanks for the forced OTA Verizon, release the manual update already!!!

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Rooted phones don’t do OTA updates. You will have to go install a new rooted version to have the latest updates.

  • http://Website Tyler

    Does the update include live wallpapers?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yes, live wallpapers are included.

    • http://Website KSChris

      Yeah. But no additional home screens or the rolling menu loader from the Nexus One.

  • http://Website JWeissman

    Just as an FYI the update is released by region the East coast will be the first to enjoy the update then it will continue to spread across the US.

  • Mr.Brown

    Awesome worked first time no troubles. loving the live wallpaper.

  • http://Website Singh

    Updated Droid to 2.1. Here’re the screen shots:

  • http://Website firebird46

    Finally got my update and its better than an ipad…well maybe not better but definitely cheaper

    • http://Website Mish

      In what region of the country to you live?

      • http://Website firebird46

        Live in NYC but the patch came through as I was in nj

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    what about android 2.3.4?