Jul 28 AT 12:14 PM Taylor Wimberly 23 Comments

Verizon gears up for simultaneous release of Android 2.2

In an unprecedented move for carriers with Android phones, Verizon appears poised to update their entire lineup of high-end Droid phones to Android 2.2 within the next couple of weeks. History tells us that the carriers, handset makers, and Google have been somewhat uncoordinated with previous firmware upgrades, but Verizon has the chance to change that perception by releasing the latest version of Android on four handsets at the same time.

Verizon is currently testing Android 2.2 for the Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid X, and the unreleased Motorola Droid 2. The original Droid is the only phone with a stock version of Android, while the Incredible runs HTC’s Sense UI and the Droid X and Droid 2 run the blur-less Motoblur.

We initially believed that Verizon was holding off on updating their released phones so the Droid 2 could have the honor of being the first device to launch with Android 2.2, but new reports offer conflicting information.

I’ve seen a half-dozen dates thrown around on various sites, but I believe the trigger will occur around the time of an upcoming press conference for Adobe. As many of you know, the upcoming Flash 10.1 requires Android 2.2, so it makes sense for Adobe and Google to tie the events together. Flash 10.1 is currently in Beta 3, but Adobe has an Android related event planned for August 16th and we believe the final version will be released that day.

If the final version of Flash 10.1 drops on August 16th, that would lead me to believe the post on AndroidSPIN where a Verizon employee has said Verizon will begin the Android 2.2 updates on August 6th and complete them by August 15th. This makes sense because it would allow Adobe to tout the immediate availability of Flash 10.1 across the entire high-end lineup on Verizon.

Most of you are probably skeptical of this news, given the previous issues with Android software updates (like the Droid 2.1 OTA). However, I believe all the parties involved have learned from their mistakes (like continually promising a release date and missing it) and have the ability to pull this off.

How would you rate Verizon’s chances of success for a simultaneous release of Android 2.2? Can Verizon raise the bar and set an example for the other carriers?

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  • Vineares

    It would be nice if this were true. If they pull it off, great. But remember the whole deal with them releasing 2.1 for the original Droid. Damn…that was embarrassing to watch.

  • PatrickHuey

    What about mytouch? Haha we have been waiting for a longg time. I hope its soon. At this point I wish I was witb verizon..

    • http://Website Drew

      Ditto! I was just thinking the same thing! I keep reading about every other carrier upgrading their phones! Come on TMo, get with it. I’m a fan of TMo’s cheap plans, but I’m starting to see that you get what you pay for… 4th

  • http://Website luke t.

    Can’t wait.my droid is craving 2.2

  • http://www.backcountrynavigator.com Nathan

    I’ll believe it when I see it. No credible source for this information has been seen. Updates for the HTC Hero, for example, were “just around the corner” for about six months.

  • http://Website matt L

    I hope that Sprint joins in on that fun….lol
    that will mean for us sprint customers, we possibly see it on the moment, evo, and the epic really.
    I am hoping the latest by Nov.

  • http://Website Todd

    If I remember, Verizon doesn’t use their own bandwidth for this, they use a third party company to push this out. Also, if I remember, the issue on the Droid and 2.1 was with that third party company, not Verizon.

    • http://Website Marc

      Although I am not aware of the details of who pushed the update, it is the perception that ultimately counts, nothing else. Ultimately, it is Verizon’s responsibility to deliver on what customers pay for. And we pay handsomely for it, not only in relation to the USA, but also in relation to the rest of the comparable world.

      I am somewhat more patient than the average Android fan, but I also don’t like being teased so much.

      I hope pushing everyone to Froyo will bring some much needed platform consolidation. I just wish I had more confidence Google was actively pursuing a slightly more uniform platform version environment.

  • http://Website Jimmy13

    No word on the LG ally huh? My girlfriend was hard to convince to get an android phone as it was and she settled on the LG ally because it was
    prettier”. I am not sure if this phone will go anywhere or not. I know there isn’t alot of developement for it etc.

    • http://Website Jeb

      An LG tech posting on an Ally forum (sorry, can’t locate the link atm) did say that LG was working on 2.2 for the Ally. It’s a very good phone, even if it hasn’t been whomped with the Verizon DROID branding. That’s probably why people overlook it.

  • http://Website Steve

    Not cool that Droid owners have to wait because of HTC having a proprietary interface.

  • http://Website itismax

    I buy it. It would be fantastic press for Verizon if they can pull it off.

    • http://Website Jimmy13

      Yeah I can hear it now “does your phone run apps? Does it run apps at the same time with speed like a rocket to the moon? Does it move with other phones to have the face blazing software at the top of developement? Droid does.” lol

      • http://Website thepwneddroid

        Just to add to that:

        iDon’t Customize
        iDon’t Run Widgets
        iDon’t Allow Open Development
        iDon’t Have Flash
        iDon’t Have Interchangeable Batteries
        Everthing iDon’t, DROID DOES

        BTW, I accidentally downrank me, I blame the website haha

  • http://Website Steve

    The OTA for the HTC Incredible is on XDA for download. Even with Sense UI.

    The delay for the stock Droid is unacceptable.

    • http://Website Dave

      Delay or no Delay we always have Cyanogenmod. Who really still uses slow and buggy stock?

  • http://Website jon

    MT3G user…
    fuck Tmo i want Verizon now

  • http://Website jeremy

    As soon as the update zip is available, I’ll be manually upgrading…

  • Ryan C

    When i receive the 2.2 update on my Droid 1, whats the deal with root here? will 2.2 be rooted and then be available? or do i have to root back to 2.0 or 2.0.1(thats what im on now) and use those rooted update.zip files? im confused about that because someone told me that if i had updated to 2.1 there was no root for that yet so i would have to go back down to 2.0 or 2.0.1 first and root one of them..

  • http://Website adam

    Cant wait for the droid update to come to us droid users..

  • http://Website josh droid

    Just got off the phone with verizon the release starts today and stops on the 14th. You welcome

  • http://Website dadajack

    Uh… I think the lesson learned here is that they shouldn’t set a specific date for any update. Hence, no specific datre yet. Lesson learned.

  • http://Website Mr K

    My wife’s Droid updated to 2.2 yesterday morning, still waiting for mine to update. We both have the original Motorola Droids from Verizon.