The benefit of owning an Android phone with a stock version of the OS is that it tends to receive updates the fastest. We saw this when the Droid was the first phone to receive an update to Android 2.1 and then again when the Nexus One received Android 2.2.
Android phones with custom versions of the OS (like Motoblur, Sense UI, TouchWiz) normally have a longer wait as the handset makers need extra time to merge Google’s latest code with their own.
It also helps to own a device that millions of other people purchased as well. The Motorola Droid is the best selling Android phone, so it tends to get special attention from Motorola, Google, and Verizon. When a phone bombs at retail, a carrier can sometimes decide to drop support for future upgrades (see Behold II owners).
Motorola knows their customers are hungry for FroYo (Android 2.2) and they are working aggressively to introduce it in the near future. We have already seen evidence of test builds of Android 2.2 running on the Droid and now Motorola has made a post to inform customers that more news could be coming soon.
The manager for the Motorola Owners’ Forum has made a quick post to let users know that they can sign up to receive email notifications when more news becomes available. From what we understand, the update is virtually finished and it’s going through the standard testing procedures. Motorola made the mistake last time of constantly telling us Android 2.1 was “coming soon” and failed to deliver over and over, so hopefully the wait will not be as long this time.
Own a Motorola phone other than the Droid? Check their Android Software Upgrade News page for the latest time lines on updates.