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Android 2.1 Update
techdad
Member

A few posts on the internet about people getting the 2.1 update.  Have any Droid or Eris users seen this yet?

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Re: Android 2.1 Update
logicman
Novice

 Update is for Moto Droid only. It can be downloaded from various sites including DroidLife.

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Re: Android 2.1 Update
jrcasas
Member

I have contacted a Store Rep, a CS Phone rep and read a variety of blogs and they all say different things about the timing of the OTA OS upgrade to v2.1 for Droid phones (specifically for me, the Droid Eris).  This is one of the WORST BUSINESS PRACTICES I have encountered in industry.  WHY IS IT SO HARD FOR VZW (in concert with HTC and Google) to issue a DEFINITIVE AND OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON WHEN THE UPGRADE WILL BE AVAILABLE - instead of all these rumors?

 

I know that the UNOFFICIAL upgrade is available out there and have been used by folks more techie than me.  I am unwilling to do that because of the possibility of turning a new device into a worthless "brick" and voiding my warranty.

 

VZW, IF YOU ARE LISTENING - Here is a loooooong time client of yours (like others) who is willing to shell out hard-earned $$$ (especially in this economy) but is unwilling because of your POOR COMMUNICATION  with the people who are keeping you up at the top of the heap!  I am happy with your network and do not want to leave it.

 

But if these BAD communication practice stays like it is right now (almost feel like you are taunting us and deliberately keeping us hanging), THEN YOU ARE PUSHING ME TO SWITCH CARRIERS, who are more upfront in doing business.

 

VZW, DO THE RIGHT THING AND USE BEST BUSINESS PRACTICES!!

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Re: Android 2.1 Update
bkfist
Sr. Member

 


jrcasas wrote:
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But if these BAD communication practice stays like it is right now (almost feel like you are taunting us and deliberately keeping us hanging), THEN YOU ARE PUSHING ME TO SWITCH CARRIERS, who are more upfront in doing business.

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Sorry, you are NOT going to find any other carriers who are more "upfront"...  Pushing software updates to users with widly varying applicaitons, and keeping all those applications intact and functional is not an easy task and requires a lot of preparation, testing, and careful deployment in case bugs are found with the first batches of updates.

 

Also, in your case with the Eris, the update (if rumors are to be believed) is just being finalized around now from HTC.  Verizon then has to test in-house for stability, effects on the network and such...  THEN a deployment will be scheduled...

 

(Google has no part in producing a ROM for the Eris - It's completely at the mercy of HTC, then Verizon...  Google supplies the source code, and I'm sure technical assistance on the base of the OS, but HTC adds a completely new "layer" in the Sense UI  -  It is the "price" you will pay for any android phone that is not "stock" Android...)

 

The testing is necessary to make sure that the vast majority of uers do not experience technical problems during/after the upgrade.  You might be willing to sacrafice some "bumps" but face it, most of the users don't have a clue that an update is even coming, let alone able to or willing to have to do a factory reset of the phone to clear up glitches.

 

Me, I don't mind bumpy roads, I like testing stuff, and don't mind having to re-setup my phone every few days if necessary, to have cutting-edge features.  I, however, am NOT the average customer.

 

Verizon would loose 10X as many customers, or at the very least the "hearts" of 10X as many customers by releasing a highly buggy rom to 95% of the population who don't know Android from Windows Mobile, as the few impatient people (probably 1/2 of 1% or less) who would switch carriers over a couple week's delay in releasing a stable ROM.

 

Those who are the *real* impatient people have alrady upgraded to some form of Android 2.1 (probably 2 percent), the knowledgable, cautios, and patient people (Probably 10%) will pace and check their favorite Android blog daily for release information.  The other 87.5% (The ones you'd "make mad"  with a buggy rom) don't know the difference.  Of the 0.5% who might consider a switch, 90% will be back, because the pasture is NOT greener on the other side of the spectrum.

 

I've tasted all the pastures in my area, not hopping from Verizon, but TO verizon... Until you have experienced the poor coverage and dropped calls of Sprint in anything but metro areas, the archaic phones of US Cellular, AT&T, and other "regional" carriers, you do not realize exactly how much you are going to miss Verizon's network.

 

By the time you are done hopping around, the update will have long been released by Verizon for your Eris.

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Re: Android 2.1 Update
Not applicable

What "bad communications" are you referring to?  Most companies don't announce upgrades or new products until they are ready.  There are many very valid reasons for this.  Rumors are not Verizon's fault.

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Re: Android 2.1 Update
SFroomkin
Novice

1st Quarter of 2010 --- oh, guess what, that DID happen!

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Re: Android 2.1 Update
AFguy
Novice

I just manually updated my moto droid with the official ESE81 build on the engadget site.  Sweet, super sweet.  live wallpapers is really cool.  still only have 3 home screens tho.  

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Re: Android 2.1 Update
logicman
Novice

Check out Helix Launcher. Up to 7 screens and it supports live wallpapers.

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Re: Android 2.1 Update
AFguy
Novice

Hey logicman, where do i find the rom for it?  do i install it the same way?

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Re: Android 2.1 Update
AFguy
Novice

nevermind, i founf it in the market.  its a homescreen app, just installed.  sweet.  real sweet.

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