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Official Android 2.1 OTA Update Watch

We’re on it!  As soon as we hear any rustling in the Android bushes, this is the post that will be updated throughout the day.  So stay tuned!

For you custom ROM-ers, if interested, here is a post on how to get back to stock.

And just in case you missed any of the details on the update, we’ve got them all here, here, here and here.

Update 10:19AM 3/18: Apparent delay posted on BGR.  We’ve posted here.

Update 11:29AM 3/18: Motorola Facebook page updated.  They are looking into the issue…

Motorola –  Hi Everyone – We are looking into this new update and will definitely share with you what we find. Please patient with us! Thank you!

Update 3:22PM 3/18: Verizon responds to rumors of delay through Phone Scoop…

“The Android 2.1 upgrade for the Droid by Motorola was deployed to a small number of Verizon Wireless test users as scheduled. It is expected the broader phased rollout to all Droid by Motorola users will take place, but not just yet. No date scheduled yet.”

Update 8:43PM 3/18: Verizon via Twitter (7 hours ago) reports that they have sent out the 1,000 updates for testing…

@benwoodall No delay– starting with select test group first to avoid problems on upcoming rollout. More to come, stay tuned.

Update 7:21AM 3/19: Android and Me, continues with their Bitfone as the culprit theory.  After hearing news that Bitfone was having capacity issue, they received another tip semi-confirming more bad news…

“Apparently we will probably be waiting even longer for the 2.1 update for Droid. According to my source, the need to “ramp up” the distribution application and the network infrastructure that hosts it won’t just happen overnight. Bitfone has allegedly just contracted with a third-party solution consultant to assist with the redesign of the infrastructure  My contact did mention that they are moving on this as quickly as possible, but the reality is that it going to take some time. Not sure what Motorola is planning on doing on the PR front…”

Update 11:27AM 3/19: Wanted to share a couple of quotes from Verizon spokespersons that have come out today…

Brenda Raney:  “The Android 2.1 upgrade for the Droid by Motorola is being deployed to a small number of Verizon Wireless test users [March 18]. It is expected the broader phased rollout to all Droid by Motorola users will begin shortly thereafter—we will keep you posted.”

Thomas Pica:  “As per the earlier email, the Android 2.1 upgrade for the Droid by Motorola was deployed to a small number of Verizon Wireless test users as scheduled. It is expected the broader phased rollout to all Droid by Motorola users will take place, but not just yet. No date scheduled yet, we will keep you posted.”

More updates coming as we have them!

  • Nice update on Android 2.1 ota.

  • Nice update on Android 2.1 ota.

  • Lee

    I see on Craigslist there are people selling 2.1 installs to people that don't know how to do it themselves. They right out state that the software is free and that they could do it themselves. But the service is offered for those that want it, but are too afraid to do it themselves.

    I was one of those that said I would not return to stock since I already had the update, but the excitement got the best of me the other day. Only to find a delay once again… 🙂 It's been awhile since I've been stock, and I had forgotten that it's not that bad. However there are features that I miss such as voice to text (which works very well). Anyway, no worries, I will sit on stock for a short bit, and if this delay extends too long I will simply go back to 2.1 on my own. But in the meantime stock isn't “as bad” as I remembered… 🙂

  • JLeo87

    Wow, I think Verizon reps are Droids themselves. Everyone one of them say exactly the same thing, almost word for word. Maybe they are actually theatre actors because they all have their scripts down pat, and they drop their lines like Broadway actors appearing 5 nights a week. I wonder if they have a dress rehersal just to ensure that they got their lines right when they tell us the update once again isn't coming?

  • kulz

    raise your hands if you rooted yesterday… *OOO ME ME ME!!* >:D

  • leftiphone4droid

    I don't know how true this is but one of the posters on the motorola facebook page said that they received the OTA. I think hesaid ge's from California. His name is Daniel Newell…his post is at the bottom of the comments. Again, I don't know how accurate this is.

    http://www.facebook.com/motorola?ref=mf#!/motor

  • JLeo87

    Damn I guess I'm just 1 of 200,000
    My mommy was wrong, I'm not “special” after all….

    Can't stand waiting for this update anymore

  • I know its kinda late for me to be saying this but Notthing here in Pittsburgh yet!

    I just had to get that out of me, been reading this blog alllll day lol

  • Steve

    This is Verizon and Motorola not givin a sh** about the people paying their salary. Thank You Both for caring about the people. This update should have been tested long ago. Not the day before.

  • stillwaiting

    “Motorola – Hi Everyone – We are looking into this new update and will definitely share with you what we find. Please patient with us! Thank you!”

    Well Thank Heavens Dectective incompetent is on the f****** case. I'm sure we'll get this resolved 3 years from now when the Droid 16 goes on sale running android 45. Everything's fine now. Disperse people, nothing to see here…..

    • aarynk

      Couldn't have said it any better myself this is pathetic

  • rocketdaddy

    Time to find my roots. Cyanogen, here I come.

  • kulz

    what a failure of epic proportions…..

  • Droided_Out

    Just got official word its a real delay definetly sucks

  • nick

    Moto again had my hopes high thanks motorola 4 letting us down your doing a good job at it keep up the good work

  • bksone74

    you know… i'm not one to Root/Mod but i think i've had about enough of this… i think come next week i'm going to give it a shot. no sense in wasting my time anymore. i can have all of 2.1 plus more by doing so…. aarrgghh but then i void my phone's warranty… but then again in i can restore it back to stock… DAMN YOU Verizon!

    • tpags

      I have rooted and had to return my phone for other reasons and they did not know. I used droidmod to return back to stock and erased everything that indicated a root. They aren't the sharpest tools in the shed, if this whole update bullshit hasnt already showed you that.

      • bksone74

        they are certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed… thanks for the info man.

  • mhoe

    yea, had a bunch of app updates yesterday…

    another delay… so lame….. how does a company get by with these kind of mistakes?

    • mhoe

      ps, doubt they make any sort of announcement when to expect it now. They're better off just releasing it unanounced.

      • nkhex19

        I totally agree. People were skeptical about this update as it was after what they did back in February. Its been reported that Motorola's distribution vendor Bitfone (now owned by HP) was the reason for the original delay but now I have no idea whats delaying it now. With all the angry Droid owners now I totally agree they probably should just release it unannounced then to get everybody's hopes up again. Who's gonna believe another Official date they post now?

  • droiddog22

    Did anyone have alot of their apps get updates yesterday??? Is this because of update was supposed to get released??

    • tpags

      Does anyone know if there is any truth to this. Or could somebody of maybe just posted this bullshiznit report to mess with us loyal Droiders. Some won't be so loyal if this is true. I am one

  • dquicknc

    Sorry guys. If I catch anything else regarding this nonexistent OTA update on twitter, I'll post it here. In the meantime, guess I'll check to see if my bracket has blown up yet. lol

  • troutlaw

    Glad I stayed on Blackdroid's ROM. Really no reason to unroot until an update.zip file is out there anyways guys and gals.

  • Anothamexican

    If I'm running Cynagen, will I still get the update? Do I need to go back to stock to get the alert?

    • tpags

      yes. if you are running an official 2.1 rom you will not receive the update.

  • aarynk

    Rooting on Monday to Cyanogen if Moto doesn't pull their heads out of their a## this weekend

  • Cyanogen, I am coming home….

  • aarynk

    I swore up and down in 2008 that I would NEVER buy a Moto product again… but when the Droid came out it was too good to pass up so I jumped with Moto again with high hopes. Well as we can all see Moto is still the same crap company who loves to mess with updates and support for their phones. My Droid WILL be my LAST Moto product… this is just ridiculous

  • stillwaiting

    If this wasn't so funny I'd be crying right now. In fact, I think I may anyway. Nothing to do now but wait fort he actual update and not the “news” of the update. In the words of Peggy Bundy “Thank your father kids”

    “Thanks (VERIZON) dad!!!!”

  • mwk

    What the heck is Microsoft running this update?

    • Michael C.

      haha probably!

  • nick

    wtf i unrooted my phone wtf could have just stayed rooted. this is some bullshit

  • Michael C.

    i bet VZW iPhone will be available before 2.1 upgrade. Wonder how many Droid owners will jump ship and switch to iPhone? hmmm… I know I am!!!

    • tpags

      Nexus One for this guy.

      • If you plan on holding on to Android phone, then you might want to hold off on N1 for HTC Incredible, which is coming out soon.

  • nick

    WOOOOOOOW…..ANOTHER DELAY ON 2.1!?!?!? What the hell is going on Android…step up your game…been waiting for months!

    • tpags

      Looks like Im going to root AGAIN, and this time stay rooted. Im not counting on these morons anymore.

      • tpags

        Sorry if that was a lil too harsh for anyone but it is obviously the truth. If this delay is real and not fake to get peoples blood rising, it is ridiculous. You think that after the last snafu that they were check and double check everything before anouncing the much anticipated update.

  • Rich

    EPIC FAIL…According to boygeniusreport.com the OTA has been delayed yet again due to a last minute bug found last night and there is no new roll out date. Kellex can you confirm this through your sources.

  • tpags

    I think everyone needs to check this out. Hold on tight. Bad news if it is true. http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/03/18/motorola-dro...

  • Hey everyone it appears that the update has been delayed.

    http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/03/18/motor

  • Dayone Droider

    I was in the Verizon store yesterday. The rep had no idea that there was a update today.. Before I left the store a second rep said tomorrow is the day you get your update. She said and I quote ” You will get the touchy zoomie thingy on you phone” “I had no reaction” I had to leave the store and nod my head. I do wonder how much the store employees are actually told about this stuff.. Meanwhile I'm still waiting for mine.

    • droiddog22

      This is hella lame. time to root

  • brandegy

    There are reports of server issues and that it will be on delay for a little here.
    http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/03/18/motor

    • Octotron

      You have to be kidding me… this is some grade A BS.

    • droidlover

      not delayed a little when it says ” a new DATE will be communicated” meaning it could be days or months..

    • aarynk

      Just saw that and was about to post too!! This is HORRIBLE… We should just give up that's the second site that has posted that picture. Not looking good at all

    • teddyrucks

      Im beginning to get the feeling that either:
      1) HR @ verizon and moto are hiring N00Bs; OR
      2) someone got a latenight call from the Apple legal team and wet themselves.

  • nick

    i have not got the 2.1 Update yet??? im in north California

  • ianjfletch

    Its been delayed!!!!!! What a joke. http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/03/18/motor

    • Octotron

      /headexplode

  • aarynk

    I hope this isn't true but Android Central heard there maybe a problem with the servers sending out the updates!!! NOOOOOOO…..

    The Motorola Droid's Android 2.1 update should be pushed out to the first 1,000 guinea pigs lucky users anytime now. Sing out if you've got it (we'll know if you're lying!) and be sure to post your thoughts in our Official 2.1 Findings thread.

    Update: Not to panic anyone, but we're getting whispers of server problems or some other sort of delay, or may it's just the smartphone gods toying with us yet again. Stay tuned.

  • dquicknc

    Just got this from Boy Genius on my Twitter feed.
    http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/03/18/motor

    Motorola DROID update delayed?

    by Boy Genius on March 18th, 2010 at 12:57pm
    Filed under: Android, Breaking News, Exclusives, Handsets, Motorola, Verizon, Whisper Leave a Comment

    We have heard from multiple sources that the much-awaited Android 2.1 OS upgrade due to start today, has been delayed. We’re told a last minute bug late last night was found. There is no new ETA. We’ve reached out to Verizon for confirmation.

    Tags: 2.1, Android, droid, exclusive, google, Motorola, ota, verizon wireless, Whisper

  • droidlover

    For anyone that gets the update first…read this before updating and do us a favor

    http://androidforums.com/motorola-droid/54064-p

  • aarynk

    Southern California here ready and waiting!!!

  • kellex

    You guys are so awesome. Keep droppin' locs and updates!

    Nothing here in Portland.

  • nick

    Anyone get the 2.1 Update yet??? im in California

  • steve

    nothing in DE yet. i got the droid a few hours after if came out. i dont think that matters. i dont know how they chose these first few 1k. maybe its just random.

  • David

    Please stop commenting that you don't have it. No one cares if you don't have it, only if you do. It's just filling the page with useless comments.

    • Michael C.

      and why does that bother you? being a bit arrogant aren't you? I actually do want to know how many people and in what areas people has or has not received it yet. who are you to tell people what to do?

    • TheMustache

      LOLUMAD?!!?!

  • Los(t) Angel(e)s CA here. Power source connected…check. Wi-Fi…check. Sanity…questionable. Everyone already thinks im nuts for checking the site like 20 times a day. Now, i get to stare at my phone all day, cause im checking in 20 TIMES AN HOUR. And they called me crazy o_0

  • jay

    nothing in the toledo area

  • placebo

    nothing in Brooklyn, i have my phone charging, connected to WIFI and waiting… i did read that you have to be connected to wifi, and have a good charge right?

    • droiddidit

      I believe it's WIFI only if you are roaming….

      • placebo

        gotcha, thanks. i've also rebooted my phone… twice… just in case… On another note, i'm trying to figure out how I got to this point in my life where i'm excited about a friggen phone update that may take 3 days to come. I believe Beck made a song about me in the early 90's.

  • jte3470

    nothing in Southern Illinois yet

  • bladedancer12

    nothing in new orleans yet

  • don

    Nothing in California yet

    • tpags

      kickin it in Chi-town and nothing here. It will probably go west to east to midwest and we will be the last to get it. 😀

      • Rich

        I sure hope not. What makes you think the Midwest will be getting it last?

        • tpags

          Just my luck. lol But maybe if u have better luck than me it will outweigh my bad luck.

  • droidlover

    “your system is currently up to date” booooo!!!!!

  • Octotron

    Only 1000 people were slated to get it at noon. I was willing to bet at least one of them reads this blog. Apparently they have not logged on yet 🙂

    9,000 more go out tonight. We will see then I suppose.

  • Rich

    Chi-town loves your site, waiting with DROIDDD in hand.

    • MockingshoE

      Chicago DOES love the site!!!

      Nada here…yet!

  • rocketdaddy

    Here I am. Being NOT patient. Utah.

  • Michael C.

    well they did say at noon only 1,000 will be distributed. how do they decide who these lucky 1,000 people are? guess it's a random distribution? so gay! just make it available to all Droid owners for crying out loud!!!

  • Neutrino

    Nothing In Ohio yet (know six people in ohio not including myself that still have not gotten it)

  • Rachel

    Nothing here in Northwestern Pennsylvania area code 814…Im patiently waiting.lol…Well as patient as I can.

  • jacksonutes

    New to site and love it. what does installing it manually mean? dumb question but wanted to ask.

  • CrayZme

    See everyone at midnight…..

  • aggressor2323

    Just a suggestion, let's only comment when we have actually received it, not that we haven't yet…

    • bksone74

      i think its cool people are commenting that they haven't got it… especially from where they are in the country… keep it up folks!

  • Nothing here in NJ 🙁

    • Rachel

      Nothing here in Pennsylvania area code 814.I'm waiting as patiently as expected.

      • Derek

        Same, Central PA 814 Area code, still nothing. Though last update I wasn't part of the first wave either.

  • CrayZme

    Tampa Bay here

  • Jeff

    Just to clarify: Manual upgrade is still an official upgrade and doesn't void the warrantee like rooting it does, right?

    Also, past noon in Boston. Nothing here.

  • kulz

    REP YOUR HOOD! hahah! nothing in nyc..ANYONE in nyc getting anything?

    • Tom

      Nope… Nothing in NYC… =[ COME ON MOTO!

  • CrayZme

    just read the fine print off the memo…. it says 03/18/2011 LOL J/K

  • droidlover

    nothing here in the Bay Area, CA yet…omg this is like playing Bingo!

  • Michael C.

    it's a fluke! haha jk…waiting in McLean, VA as well

    • Droid-Lifer

      What's up, Mike? I hope someone in our area gets picked…LOL…like it's some exclusive award!

      • Michael C.

        sorry, do I know you?

        • Droid-Lifer

          Hey Mike…I doubt it…but we're both in the Tyson's area.

          • Michael C.

            ah ok. Yeah im near the intersection of old dominion and dolly madison intersection.

        • Michael C.

          ah ok. Yeah im near the intersection of old dominion and dolly madison intersection.

    • also in McLean and nothing here either!

  • adamrk17

    nada in baltimore

  • gonzo319

    What is this everybody is repping their side, that's cool. Well I haven't seen anybody represent the BAY AREA!!. Well here's my repp, this site is hella tight, and kellex thanks for the help.The BAY loves this site as well, peace and love to my homie just north of the bay. Oh and I'm also curious if they're going to block the root on the droid with this new update, running Cyanogen and over-clocked would hate to lose this. So if the update is worth it then I would seriously think about it.BTW sorry for asking this question but how do you get the tethering to work on this ROM(Cyanogen).

    thanks.
    Keep it HYPHY

    • droidlover

      get stooopid! dumb dumb…i'm from the BAY!

      • gonzo319

        I must have missed your post droidlover, hell ya go stooopid,dumb,hyphy. MAC DREEZY all day!!!

  • Octotron

    It is noon…. who's got it??

    • Droid-Lifer

      I'm in the DCMDVA area…nothing here…

      • bksone74

        Nor Cal… Silicon Valley.. nothing here.

    • IMA_210

      Nothing here in South Florida. 🙁

      • kweckstrom

        NYC, nothing yet.

  • shon

    hope this helps

    A reliable source has just let us in on how Verizon Wireless will be rolling out the Android 2.1 update to your Motorola DROID, and it looks like quite a few of us will be waiting for quite a while for our update. Our source details the following:
    At noon EDT on 3/18, 1,000 users will receive notification of the update
    At 11:59 PM EDT on 3/18, 9,000 more users will receive the update notification
    After the first 10,000 users receive the update on 3/18, there will be a 24-hour period when no additional upgrades will be delivered
    On Day 3 (3/20), 200,000 users will receive the update notification at 11:59 PM EDT
    This schedule will continue each day thereafter until the update has been delivered to all users
    And here are a few conditions needed for the update to be applied:
    An OTA download requires 40% or more power availability
    If the device is not connected to an external power source or 20% or more power if it is connected to an external source
    If roaming, the customer will not receive the update
    For those who are actually going to wait for the OTA version

  • dquicknc

    Ready and waiting here in North Carolina. I'll let you know when the OTA reaches here.

  • Chaser457

    I'm in Cali and I got in on the first 2.0.1 updates…

  • BK

    Kellex,

    When the comments section is loading, a long comment appears for a few seconds and then disappears. Any idea what that is?

    • Octotron

      It is a long text of all the comments previously posted. It just has to do with the page loading.

      • BK

        Okay, I'm an idiot.

  • randy21671

    So. Cal likes the site too. There you go. Coast to coast Kellex you da man! Strong Work.

  • nkhex19

    Quick question, I understand why Verizon would roll out the update in waves to make sure everything runs smooth and such, but do they assume that someone is going to post the update file online and everyone is just going to download it manually? If they are taking a 24 hour period (Friday) and not rolling out the update during that time to make sure its rolling out smoothly, aren't most people gonna have it manually updated before they begin rolling it back out on saturday? Just curious.

    • “Most people” have no idea an update is coming… you are in the enthusiast bubble, and we are less than 10%, trust me. 🙂

  • Disco Monkey

    I'm sure I wont be one of the lucky ones. Hope someone can post it up though.

  • kulz

    i wonder what market their “test users” are in….

    on a side note, kellex, nyc loves your site big homie! keep up the good work!

  • droiddidit

    I have never waited this long….this patiently for anything, let alone a software update!!

  • randy21671

    Tic-tok…. tic-toc

  • MattDemers

    Can't wait! Hopefully the Milestone will get the OTA as well.

  • Wolfpack10

    Updating now! Good luck guys!

    • teddyrucks

      Yes you got the golden ticket…
      You didn't, by chance, happen to backup the file before updating?

  • kulz

    i got my DROID the 2nd wk of December…what are the chances i'll be getting this update by saturday? still waiting impatiently….

    • Tom

      Great, if you install manually. I have a feeling we can get it by the end of the day

  • Mbromley

    Thanks for all you do kellex! This Is my first post but I read this site multiple i mean very multiple times a day im truly addicted!

    Feels like election day again who is going to be the winners?!

  • So the mad Droid refresh starts in about an hour? nice, If I get it I'll be in touch about how to share it. 🙂

  • teddyrucks

    Chances of receiving the 2.1 update today- roughly than 1 in 2100 (1.05 mil handsets as of 1/18).
    Chances of getting any work done after update is received- about the same.

    • DeeMat

      im ready for it… And to stop working.

    • IMA_210

      Dang, work is already getting in my way of monitoring this post! And the update hasnt even started yet!

    • randy21671

      that is better odds than the lottery, and I play that too….

  • Stock,unrooted and reporting for duty.

    • randy21671

      Me too!!!!!!!!

  • steve

    i read that the update is starting at noon for 1k people. then 9k at midnight. then 200k on the 3rd day. then repeat

    • pjjanak

      There is a timeline on the front page detailing the way things are probably going to roll out.

  • troutlaw

    Will be interested to hear if they put some sort of block on rooting. Doubt it but just holding out to be sure.

    • karl

      2.1 has already been rooted, and there's a rooted 2.1 sbf that you can use to get root. I believe the process for that is actually in one of the blog posts here.

      • kellex

        He's just wondering if they made some final tweak. I've heard the Canadian Milestone has locks on the bootloader making it almost impossible to root. So we'll see.

        • Josh

          Isnt it true that the Milestone and the Droid were released on two different mindsets? I mean, i read that the Milestone isnt a “with Google” device and that motorola locked it down from rooting. When it came to the Droid, they made it almost as poruous as could be for us geeks in the US. Am i talking out of my hoooha here?

      • troutlaw

        I am rooted with blackdroid 7.8. I was talking about if the official VZ 2.1 has somethign in it to block root access. Don't think it will but just in case…

  • IMA_210

    A manual update, occurs after someone captures the OTA and shares it with the world at large.

  • Still nobody with the offcial? I'm gonna stay customed and rooted 🙂

  • nolff

    I'm glad you're on it. Hopefully you'll get the update file today and share it with us.

    I can't wait to get my hands on it.

  • IMA_210

    Anxiously waiting, hopefully I will be one of the lucky few today, if not I will be looking for the manual update option.

    • kellex

      You should have chimed with in with a “First!” haha.

    • aggressor2323

      Is the manual update the same thing as the OTA update? Like, is it stored the same exact place and your still considered stock and blah blah blah???