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Droid 2.1 Update Coming Today

I know, I know, here we go again.  After all the Android 2.1 delays can you believe we are attacking this again?  Reports are popping up from all over the Android world pegging today as the day that the Motorola Droid will finally start to receive the 2.1 update it has been waiting for.  As you’ll see down below, another 1,000 test updates were sent this morning which will be followed by the larger rollout starting tonight at midnight.  So does this mean we’re finally becoming official 2.1 members?

Here is what we’ve got so far…

The Droid upgrade page now lists a new build (ESE81) rather than the ESE53 build which we had been led to believe was coming…

The update PDF has also changed to this new build…

This email was also posted at Howard Forums…

DROID by Motorola: Software Enhancements

Effective Date: 3/30/2010
Starting 03/30, Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update for the DROID by Motorola. Users will be able to upgrade their software to version AP: ESE53/BP: C_01.3E.03P to receive new improvements and enhancements.

Key Advantages:
* Email: Yahoo Mail is now supported and the customer can simply sign in with their Yahoo! Email address and password. Note: Yahoo! Email is not available over Wi-Fi
* Pinch to Zoom now available in the Browser, Maps, and Gallery
* Speech-to-Text: Customers can now use their voice instead of typing whenever a text-entry box appears
* Google Goggles is now preloaded
* The new Gallery application uses 3D layout and shows both pictures taken with the customers¿ Android device and images from the Picasa Web Albums account online
Download & Install Conditions:
* 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. The only option in this scenario is for the subscriber to enable Wi-Fi and wait for a mandatory OTA. The wait period in this case will not be more than 12 hours
* User must wait to receive the upgrade via OTA
* User is unable to make or receive calls, including emergency calls during this time
* Users will see the following information when they select More info on the update screen: This software update includes new enhancements to support Yahoo! Email, pinch-to-zoom, and many other improvements for your DROID by Motorola. You will be unable to use your device or make emergency calls for the duration of the install. The software updates automatically, and your DROID will power off and on as part of this software upgrade. For more information please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/droidsupport.

Engadget has now posted an email regarding the rollout of the update…

*Software Schedule:*
Below is the software-upgrade notification schedule (All times listed are Eastern Time):

o At noon on 03/30, 1,000 users will receive notification of
the update.
o At 11:59 PM on 03/30, 9,000 more users will receive the
update notification.
o 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.
o 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.

Photo of an official 2.1 update…

And our guy confirmed that there are only 3 screens still.  Sorry folks.

Our source at Verizon just sent over this screenie.  It’s official people. And while I can also see that it says ESE53 on it, trust me when I say that this is real.  If you think it’s shopped or fake, then please leave this site as you should know me better than that by now…

More updates coming…

  • They have a picture showing that Droid Eris users may indeed begin to start seeing the Android 2.1 update rolling out to handsets via an over-the-air..Thanks

  • Jason N

    Woke up this morning to find 2.1 update waiting for me. Under a groggy haze and not having my first cup of coffee, I installed right away without saving the zip to send to Kellex. Will send some pics to him in a bit when I can get my hands on a camera.

    • Jason N

      And if you're wondering about my location, I'm in Iowa.

  • Adam

    Kellex did you find out if the official 2.1 rom can be rooted or did they indeed put a block on this boot so you cannot root this!?

  • rdunseith

    I'm starting to speculate. Nobody has been able to save the update. Has not been posted on usenet or private trackers. Forums are dead or repetitive with the same info. People that say they got it are missing in action or show blurry cam pics. I can use photoshop and after effects and pull a hoax. I'm not flaming or talking trash, it's just that we have no DEFINITIVE proof. Sorry Kellex! I think your source burned you. But I hope not.

  • eddieonofre

    Nothing here in the California… only hopes

  • melvman

    Nothing here in VA 12:17 =/

  • standingidlyby

    12:15 am and nothing here in DC… I'll be pissed if this is an April Fool's Day thing

  • Fawzi94

    Nothing over here near NY…..12:08 PM

  • JLeo87

    Its 1130 here in Pittsburgh and update time is coming closer and closer! Idk how this will work on the west coast, soo if I'm one of the lucky 9000 receiving the OTA very shortly here on the east coast ill be sure to let “yinz” all know how it goes. GOOD LUCK TO ALL MY FELLOW DROID OWNERS IN RECEIVING THIS BAD BOY 2NITE

  • Cody

    Someone should post the update.zip file!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • eddieonofre

    Just checking to see if there are news about the update. Nothing!!!!

    • jacob

      i ove how i check for 2.1 a nexus one advertisement shows up,,,,, go admob

  • Brendan

    Kellex please help me i have no idea why it will not let me go back to stock

    • jacob

      go to privacy… erase your flash card. then go to factory reset. than delete all data and apps. reload rom manager and updater. go to the root section of this site. then go to ” 2.0.1 from cynaogen video. carefully watch the video.. pause if need be… it took me an hour – but im back on stock.. granted i have to completely rebuild my phone… i put in helix just to play it safe,, market might take it down. u never know.

  • sdunathan

    Sounds like we might be getting set up for an April Fools joke….hope not.

  • Brendan

    i need help getting back to stock from cyanogen, i picked the stock image from ROM manager and it downloaded and checked wipe/data it got done really fast and i picked reboot now when i got rebooted i was still on cyanogen WTF?

  • grannydroid

    Is there any possibility that they are pulling an April Fool's Day prank?

    • Octotron

      That would be what we call a marketing disaster. I really doubt it.

      • jacob

        there are a lot of immature individuals out there. a lot of iphone fan boys….. when i see the ota i will believe it.

        people have tried to get over on the android community before. a second attempt would not surprise me.

      • jacob

        there are a lot of immature individuals out there. a lot of iphone fan boys….. when i see the ota i will believe it.

        people have tried to get over on the android community before. a second attempt would not surprise me.

  • eddieonofre

    hey dude it is not that I don't trust you but usually when there is an update you see at least 5 dude showing off their update in the web (youtube, facebook, twitter, etc)… so far I haven't seen any.
    So I still a little exceptical about it.

  • Rosko

    Hmm, Thursday IS April Fool's…

  • YCYAY!

  • A serious question that I haven't seen the answer to anywhere: What would prevent the addition of additional home screens to the stock Android OS build?

  • Steve

    That Verizon Screen Shot is still showing the software version as ESE 53. I thought it was supposed to be ESE 81??

    • Octotron

      Just a screen Kellex got from a VZW source. Not sure why it says ESE53 still. Possibly a typo?

  • nick

    shoulda posted the damn update.zip… SUCCA

  • US_Marine_beta

    So when you return to stock using ROM Manager do you have to check the “back up existing ROM and the “Wipe data and cache” options? Also, when you get to the recovery mode do you apply sd card update.zip or just reboot?

    • gsxr750

      No should be like dm updater. Does it for you.

      • gsxr750

        Actually i would agree with wipe data and cache to be sure you start off fresh.

    • tpags

      I would say wipe data and cache and then just reboot

    • brain550

      In Need of Answers… I don't know if checking “wipe data and cache” had anything to do with it, but I tried using Rom Manager to go back to stock, after the backup was complete and both the data and cache were cleared, I got an error message and couldn't continue. I tried manually flashing the stock-update.zip file, same thing. I ended up restoring an old backup I made of DroidMod 1.0 and was then able to flash SP Recovery and un-root. Can anybody help me out with a reason for why this happened?

      Also before I restored the DroidMod backup, the new update of DMupdater kept giving me a “Your SD card is not mounted” Anyone know the reasons for this?

  • hal22

    Who is Octotron and why do you use Kellex profile pic? Do you work for Droid-Life?

    • Octotron

      Octotron is me, a mod. I am not Kellex, he is the boss.

      I have been a mod for quite some time now, though I do not post in every article. This article however will garner a lot of attention and is something I am personally interested in 🙂

      • syntakk

        Hah I never realized he made you a mod, just figured you liked he site so you grabbed the icon lol.

        • Octotron

          I told him people had no idea who I was! 😛

          Haha..

  • mpatel24

    Just realized that weather genie and news genie are included!

  • Only 3 Screen huh! Well I guess HelixLauncher is here to stay for me.

    • mpatel24

      but the helix 2 launcher Force closes right now on the Droid! Goin to have to wait for an update on Helix Launcher 2

      • Low023

        Dang I was afraid of that.

  • eddieonofre

    But something that i noticed is in the android developer web page the SDK for 2.1 has been posted (todat or yesterday) so I don't know if it is somehow related.
    http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

  • eddieonofre

    hey those who have the update make a short video of the phone plzzzzzz
    I still dont believe it al all.
    One picture doesn;t says much (could be rooted with the european version, coz so far we dont know if it si the same)
    So guys more proff

    • Low023

      It's real.

      • eddieonofre

        proof plzzzz I am only asking for some proof. I WANNA BE A BELIEVER !!!! lol

        • Low023

          The proof is on top of this page, Verizon even said it has begun and a few people here have already got it… What more proof do you need?

  • eddieonofre

    hey those who have the update make a short video of the phone plzzzzzz
    I still dont believe it al all.
    One picture doesn;t says much (could be rooted with the european version, coz so far we dont know if it si the same)
    So guys more proff

  • BRIM

    Yawn

    Being rooted then going back to stock for this is like buying performance parts for my car then taking them off to go back to a stock car.

  • Mathew

    I'm back to stock 2.0.1.. Let's hope this really happens!!! Come on Verizon!!

  • df7003

    is anybody else having a problem with Rom Manager because it's not allowing me to flash clockworkMod recovery so now i cant flash back to 2.0.1

    • tpags

      You can download DM updater again and flash it that way.

      • df7003

        ok i downloaded that and when i try to open it says “looks like your phone is rooted, but you have not given DM updater access yet”. how do i i want to be able to go go back to stock

  • WHY aren't there 5 screens? Has anyone heard a valid, or invalid, reason from Motorola/Verizon why we aren't getting the extra screens? This would help so much!

    • Michael C.

      it was announced in the past that update would NOT include extra screens, but you can always download “HelixLauncher” in Android Market that gives you up to 7 screens.

    • jacob

      if the droid had more than 3 screens, 3d app launcher with the live wallpaper, why would your average consumer pick the nexus one… The Verizon cripple effect returns! all the 2.1 hotness is on the nexus stock. Droid can have it as well.. you just have to be droid savvy.

      With helix launcher, and 2.1 ota, i know i will be content with moto droid!

    • JLeo87

      I Agree how's come that the Milestone has the option to have up to 9homescreens, and the Droid can only have 3???? I guess its not so nice to live in America after all..

  • Low023

    There is always going to be a new device coming out soon that everyone will want, but I don't think Apple will be able to keep up with the Android phones unless they release something better every other month. Android is open to all phone manufacturers so it will maintain the tech edge. The second you buy a new Android phone they will announce a newer better Android phone.

    • machinegun68

      I agree. Android as a collaberative will own the iPhone in the long run.

  • Michael C.

    Let's see how many of so called “loyal Droid” users jump ship when this becomes a reality!

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/3609681

    • Drew

      *Raises hand*

      Yes…lock myself down to a non-customizable phone so I can be just like everyone who bows to the almighty fruit. I prefer not to give Apple a cent of money, thanks.

    • Avery42

      If Apple still stays closed source i dont see why Android users would go to Iphone

      • Michael C.

        You know, everyone seems to think “closed source” is a big disadvantage, but on the flip side I consider it as more stability in its OS & apps, less risk of being hacked or tampered with.

        • Avery42

          while i agree to a point ont stability and so forth..the disadvantage to me is not having the options to support and enjoy goodies from Blackdroid and Cyanogen etc and for those who dont wish to have the “choice” not to. That to me is a Big disadvantage..thats just my opinion so who knows

          • Michael C.

            Yeah, all comes down to a matter of preference. Well I for one will not hesitate one bit in getting the iPhone since I've been a mac user for a long time, and for being a graphic designer.

            Always been a fan of Apple and always will be, but Android is definitely a nice substitute in the meantime of waiting…

          • Avery42

            True that..and yes if i was in your shoes i would most likely do the same

        • Anthony

          I categorically disagree. Open Source gets a bad wrap because if there are any security issues, they are easier to find. But what actually winds up happening, is that those bugs are spotted earlier, and can be fixed a lot faster than with Closed Source (since bug reports can come with patches). So if both Android and iPhone v4 have the same number of vulnerabilities at day 0, then from that point on, Android will always have the same or less vulnerabilities. The other beauty of OS, is that if a vulnerability has gone unfixed, the community can (and does often) provide fixes (even if at an unofficial level)… Try doing that with closed source…

          The same goes with bugs and features. The only real advantage that Closed Source has (until this point at least, and in general), is that it entices companies to dump LOADS of money into development. I'd love to see a cost comparison of development of the iPhone OS and Android (I'm talking about developing the operating system itself, not apps on top)… I'd put dollars to donuts that the iPhone OS eclipses Android by at least an order of magnitude… Not that that's necessarily a bad thing (the user experience is far more consistent and seamless in iPhone), but it's something to consider when judging them…

          And that's not to mention that I CAN'T use an iPhone… I don't own a windows computer, and I don't own a Mac… I use Linux, and the power of Open Source has allowed me to use my Android devices with it. Sure, I'm a minority in this example, but I still can do what I wish and am not bound because someone (Jobs) said no…

    • ajavgeek

      I can say this, I am not going to switch because I personally like Android as phone os. I may switch the phone but would still go for Android based phone. I know my wife is just waiting for iPhone to be on VZW 🙂

      As Droid falls behind in comparison, it is safe to say that “loyal Droid” users will jump ship but hope that they will still be using Android OS.

    • rocketdaddy

      I can honestly say I have no interest in an iPhone. Something about a deep seated frustration that dates back to the first time I bought a really overpriced, overhyped, locked down product from Apple. I can't live in that world.

    • Octotron

      What exactly does that have to do with anything being discussed here? Do not troll.

      • Michael C.

        absolutely nothing! but I was just too excited to hold it in and I know I'm not the only one.

      • rocketdaddy

        Excellent point. Thank you for helping to keep us on topic.

  • aarynk

    Trying to decide to unroot or not… I bet Cyanogen will come out with a new update built on ese81 pretty soon (hopefully) I need to see a video of the new stock running to make my choice I guess. But I can also unroot and root back later when they get access to it! Too many choices

  • machinegun68

    Ok…so let's say I do get the update. How do I go about saving the “update.zip” file for others?

    • leftiphone4droid

      My droid did the same thing. I was unable to go back to stock. I had to flash the 2.0.1 sbf file back to the phone.That worked like a charm.

  • jduro923

    My ROM Manager Premium is giving errors. It won't let me download clockwork recovery. Help!

    • bksone74

      i keep getting the same error and would like help as well… anyone care to chime in and help out?

      thank you

      • tpags

        do you have the latest rom manager. they are always updating it.

        • bksone74

          thank you for chiming on this… yes i do have the latest. actually when i open that up i get the “you have not given DM Upater access yet. you must check the remember box.” now i know i checked that. i have every time i've changed ROMs.

          • tpags

            Are you trying to get back to stock?

          • bksone74

            so i went another route…

            i went into recovery booting while holding x… then i went into the nandroid folder and chose restore… i chose a backup i made while i was rooted with DroidMod… that got me back to that… once i was there i went into DM Updater and was able to get back to stock.

            thank you for your time… i appreciate it.

    • gsxr750

      Did ya try flashing it through dm updater if rom manager isn't working

  • machinegun68

    That's strange cuz I just got 2.3 on my HTC Incredible that I've had for 6 months.

  • xFenixKnightx

    The 3 screens is really lame. 5 is good, 7 is awesome. Wonder why they left it out…

    • scuba_koop

      I have been following droid-life and love the site! I really enjoy the facebook updates!
      I have one question please….I went to cyanogen mod then stock, then back to cyanogen. I got
      stuck getting back to stock to see if I can get the updates. I guess I am not 100% sure of what I am doing all the time. Pretty much just follow videos! I bought the ROM manager from the market. I was trying to go back to stock and Droid Manager wouldn't recognize my phone as rooted, so I tried the ROM manager recovery and got all screwed up! Seemed like nothing would work correctly. So i booted into recovery and loaded my update-stock.zip from sd card. Now it looks like I am back. How do I know if I am “stock” as far as verizon is concerned so I can receive the update? My firmware is 2.0.1 (which I know is stock) the Kernel is some long number, and the build is ESD56. Should I do anything else, or am I totally back at factory version????
      Thanks,
      Sorry so long winded!!!

  • rocketdaddy

    3 screens are OK since there are so many home replacements out there that fix that. Panda Home has 11 (if you don't mind a few other quirks it's an awesome replacement).

  • Austin

    I'm getting sick of all these rooters starting to destroy this site… If you guys root thats cool, please keep these threads on topic, some of us out there have business uses for our phones and cannot risk even slight instability but having to sift through all of this “i'm don't care about 2.1” is annoying and unnecessary

    here is your FAQ:
    YES you need to unroot to get the update

    now can these every other posts about some new rom stop in completely unrelated threads… and kellex can you do a better job about deleting these useless comments

    • Michael

      Austin,

      I am not a rooter either. However, I don't think it's off-topic. After all, the site is called “Droid Life,” not “Unrooted Droid Life.” Rooting is part of the community, but it's not for all of us. I believe Kellex is doing a wonderful job keeping this site civil and informative.

      • Austin

        When the topic is 2.1 coming today and you have 20 people saying how they don't care about 2.1 discussing which roms to use and which ones are more stable then yes it is extremely off topic

        there are tons of topics about roms here, specific posts about roms, its just getting very annoying seeing 100 comments knowing only 20 will be about what was posted.. I saw another use post this same idea a couple days ago, and I hope kellex notices, this is how sites turn into droidforums.net

        • Octotron

          Complaining about people being off topic is also off topic, just saying.

          That being said, this site is for any and all Droid owners to discuss what it is they feel is pertinent information. This is not up for you to decide.

          Completely irrelevant or inflammatory posts are monitored and dealt with.

    • sdcoiner76

      The usefulness of a comment is up to the reader. Sure some comments with just 3 words or such are not very useful but easily skippable. I for one think that reading how someone's use of a phone is so important that they not dare root it to be totally useless but others might not agree.

    • gsxr750

      whats the point of you coming on here then, most of the guys on here are rooted or wanted to root. Its up to them to say whatever they want. You dont wanna see it dont come to the forum.

    • Dito_Muertez

      I'm never gonna come on here and leave some one-liner like “My rooted droid is the shizzie”, but i have to say there is relation between this update and rooted users. Just like you said in your short FAQ, rooters have to unroot to update, I'd call that relevance. I could guess half the people who have rooted their phones have done so after getting promised 2.1 and then having their dreams crushed on more than one occasion. I'm sure some rooters are loving the opportunity to be able to go back to a professionally stable system, and still have those extra features they've been hearing about. As others have commented “The usefulness of a comment is up to the reader” and “the site is called 'Droid-Life', not 'Unrooted Droid-Life'. This is all too true. While I am taking risks with my phone, and I can understand why you wouldn't with yours, that doesn't make me want to come here and bash you because i don't like your opinions. And I won't. And Don't drag kellex into this, he's doin fine as he is.

      • Nick

        this gent. here just spoke for me, i rooted this last weekend and put Smoked Glass v6.0.1 (Android 2.1 – ESE53) cuz i was so tired of moto's bullshit, and how they would just laugh @ all the people on the moto facebook club or w/e when they would ask “hey any news of 2.1”. thats just not right to do that 2 people. so i was like “this is silly 2.1 is snafoo” and i rooted. also Root allows for WIFI TETHERING!!! and thats SOOOO handy:] (for those of you that don't know WIFI tethering turns your phone in to a wifi hotspot.)

        pretty fast too [3.1down 0.99up]

      • stjuki

        I got mine updated and It was rooted.. hmm.. how is that then?

    • flavorman55

      rooters destroying this site i dont think so austin we helped make this site what it is today,if you dont care about rooting your phone or what others are doing with their phones what are you even doing on this site besides leaving firey rants about what others post.

      p.s. kellex could you do a better job of deleting austins useless commets 😉

    • Falcon34

      I use my phone for business use every day. I have to say by rooting my phone it has actually become a more useful tool. That being said, I also believe everyone is entitled to their opinion. Whether or not to unroot to get the 2.1 update is a decision many of us will have to make if this update truly is coming soon. So I believe rooters should be posting on this topic as well as stock users. Personally, I like to read as many opinions about whether or not to unroot for the 2.1 update as I can. It leaves me more informed. A rooters opinion may be especially relevant if there is a ROM out there they know about which may exceed the capabilities of the 2.1 update.

      Either way, root or stock, many of us are very interested in this update. So I thank Kellex for running a great site full of useful information. He does a great job.

    • sundawg

      Tha forum don't get mad we are here to communicate and stating rooted might be the way to stay.

    • Nick

      in a world of doesnt ROOT does.

  • Ron

    is the milestone getting this update too?

  • ninjahippie

    I'll believe it when it's installed and running on my phone.

    • durangojim

      Notice any difference in speed? Or anything else not listed on the pdf? Thanks!

      • I cant tell any difference in performance! but im still tryin to find little tweaks and what not!

        • garbagedick

          can you post a video of it in action to the site later on today?

    • rdunseith

      “Content is currently unavailable”

  • flavorman55

    oh ya nice april fools joke kellex…..

  • NikolaiVolkov

    I have spent too much time setting up cyanogen mod (and being unbelievably happy with it) to unroot just for this. I do however look forward to cyanogens latest based off this new build. Dont know how much it means to jump all the way from 53 to 81 but hopefully this is just the beginning of even better rooted roms

  • flavorman55

    for those of us who have rom manager what would be the point to go back to stock? wont we just be able to download the new ese81 build cyanogen or ultimate roms aweek from now anyway ;-O

    • Good point. Who needs Verizon and their slow ota nonsense.

  • Thats the pic of my phone!

  • Thats the pic of my phone!

    • droiddog22

      what is new in the update then

      • its just seems like live wallpapers, gallery, and browser has multitouch

    • WTH2.1

      MAYUR YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD, I KNEW YOU WERE TELLING THE TRUTH….. Well, I hoped at least…. that's enough.

    • garbagedick

      like most people here, we want to believe you. it's been a hard month or so. any chance you can take some video. almost all cameras have a video mode

    • Eric_Sorensen

      I noticed the time the picture was taken is 5pm, on 3/30. Is the time wrong on your camera or phone? What part of the world are you located?

  • shcommish

    How do you save the file again? I have been searching on this web site to find the directions again and can't find them. Could you repost it please?

    • garbagedick

      after the update downloads, dont restart, click the home button and the update.zip is on the root of your SD Card

      • shcommish

        And then what do you do to share it?

        • garbagedick

          email the update.zip to kellex from your phone, or hook up the phone to your computer and copy it onto there, then email it to kellex

        • garbagedick

          were you able to get it copied?

  • going back to stock bc of the ESE81 build specifically made for droid.

    the new ROM's based off this build will be pretty sweet.

  • Napes

    If we use Rom Manager to return to the Stock 2.0.1 ROM, does this also restore the recovery to SPRecovery?

    • tpags

      No. You will have to download DM updater again after back at stock to get SP recovery.

      • Napes

        This is where I'm confused – don't you need to root your phone to use DM Updater? It seems like a catch-22.

    • you can either flash sprecovery with dm updater or with rom manager.

      • tpags

        If you just want to go back to stock and wait for update, do the stock option in rom manager. You dont need SP rec to do that. Later if you want SP rec. just go through the steps with DM updater. And yes you need to be rooted to use DM updater.

      • tpags

        No matter what as soon as you go back to stock you will have the stock recovery. Neither sp or clockwork. After you go to stock you will have to root again to get sp..

        • Napes

          So just to confirm (because I'm slow) if I use Rom Manager to go back to stock, I would be unrooted and have the stock recovery. I would not need to make any additional changes and would be ok to receive the 2.1 update when it comes through. Right?

          • tpags

            yes. when you do that just to make sure go into settings>about phone and see what you are running. If it says 2.0.1 you are good

          • tpags

            Go up in the videos tab and like the fourth video down Kellex has a video on how to do it.

  • rocketdaddy

    Here's hoping somebody posts a file to download soon.

    • 2147cs

      Exactly………..

      • 2147cs

        Tic-toc-tic-toc…..

  • gsxr750

    Yea I got ahead of my self lol

  • df7003

    well even if i wanted to revert back to stock i couldnt because for some reason everytime i try to flash clockworkMod recovery with rom manager it says an error occurred while atempting to run privilged commands so sucks for me im stuck with CyanogenMod 5.05 because the download rom tab is dark. If anyone knows how to fix this please let me know intill then no choice but to run CyanogenMod 5.05

  • G

    I personally don't see any reason why to go back to stock, except maybe if the phone needs to be sent in for some reason, since the guys (and/or ladies) that come up with the custom ROMs do a terrific job at them and release updates and improvement much more quickly and efficiently compared to the corporations do.
    Maybe they aren't as stable as the actual releases, but the developers actually listen when people send in feed back. Again just my thoughts on it, and I dont think flash could even change my mind.

  • Low023

    This and Modern Warfare 2 map pack with Double XP starts today, what a good day.

    • I'm actually more excited about the 2 map pack…but douple xp also? omg, i might go home early!!!!

      add me on xbox… MEAT JAVELIN

      • rdunseith

        Looks like they where having problems with the mappack when I tried earlier to dowload. Fixed now? If you want to add me.. lilrobio

        • Low023

          Added as well.

      • Low023

        Added = P

    • Anyone know how many home screens come with this update? The Milestone just got 9 home screens with theirs.

      • rdunseith

        I believe you have the option of choosing 3,5,7, or 9 screens. I could be wrong though.

  • machinegun68

    Whatever..zzzzz 🙂

  • 2147cs

    How about uploading the file from your sd card?

  • gsxr750

    Dont see the live wall paper either

    • bksone74

      its on the PDF describing what's to come with the update…

    • Pete

      some fool has already uploaded a screenshot on androidforums, he failed to snag the update.zip though.

    • tpags

      Its funny that the support forums manager in their forums says”That report that was posted was “leaked” or “fabricated” information so it could someone else making a joke at your expense. Certainly I hope people wouldn't be that cruel.” Wow you would think they would know. But maybe after all the false promises they are just remaining silent. If this is an early April fools joke someone needs to be kicked in the jimmy. Here is the site with the quote:https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/24677?start=1245&tstart=0

      • Michael

        No wonder Matt (Moto forums manager) took the week off.

  • Jeff

    Nobody else finds it odd that the big update is set to come on April 1st?

    Until proven otherwise, I'm going to assume that this is an early April Fools joke.

    • Kevin

      An April fools joke is something you play on your friends, not something a company plays on its customers. They wouldn't risk the bad PR. This is the case especially since there are so many Droid owners (enthusiasts really, so maybe not that many lol) out there that have been waiting (patiently or not) for 2.1. I don't know anything really on companies and playing April fools jokes, but I don't think Verizon would do this since they are pretty business oriented.

  • dwhang

    i hope this is truee. if not aww wells im enjoying my cyanogen v. 5.0.5 with the htc ime keyboard so im having fun with my customized phone. i wonder if its worth it to unroot just for the update? think so?

  • Paul

    I'm just going to wait and see for now… I like my rooted Droid, my 6 screens, overclocking… shouldn't take them long to root 2.1.

    That said, some MOVEMENT on this finally is good news!

  • stranja

    germany got 2.1 update today grrrrrrrrr

  • Just Got My Update! No Joke!

    • rdunseith

      I can say I got it to but I would provide some proof so I don't look like an asshat.

      • Goosedroid

        Hahahaha…..asshat

      • rals

        I concur with asshat comment lol.

        • tpags

          He just said that a couple of posts ago. Dont tell us 10 times you got it. Show me the money. ASSHAT!!!
          lol Classic

    • I swear! How do i take a screen shot of my phone! I woke up took my dog out and looked at my phone and while i logged onto droid life and i got the update notification just like on the site!

      • bksone74

        take a picture of it with a camera and email it to kellex. then we will judge.

      • rdunseith

        Grab digital camera, put in video mode, take blurry video, post to youtube, provide link here, then say you have a milestone.

        • OKAY ON IT!

          • rdunseith

            I guess sarcasm is not your forte'. If you DO have a milestone and not a droid. Don't bother!

        • Ace Z.

          LMAO!

      • duckphan

        Nobody believes you. Innocent until proven guilty.

        • Chris

          I actually believe you seeing as you have your facebook link and quite possibly your real name posted.

          • rdunseith

            So did that other guy that burned us.

      • WTH2.1

        Sorry for the hostility but we've all been burned before. Get those pics in and let the masses make an altar of you or a voodoo doll. Depends on what's on the pics.

    • kellex

      He's not lying. He sent me the pics.

      • rdunseith

        Awesome!

  • djenks24

    You all owe me a big thank you. I finally got sick of waiting for the update and rooted on Sunday. (Thanks Kellex for the instruction) Now I get to learn how to go back to stock. 🙂
    Hopefully the new build will give us something to get excited about. As long as it runs smooth I probably won't root again until I see something awesome show up or my phone gets laggy. Although with Cyanogen and Ultimate Droid, we will probably start seeing new roms in a couple of days.

  • Ace Z.

    I swear god if I'm not one of the 10,000 user to receive the update I'm going to flip out.

    • Get ready to flip out then….Chances of being in that percentile are actually quite small considering how many Droids are being operated in the US.
      But, you never know 😛

  • rneal_ra

    I'm not going back to stock until I hear if there is any reason to. Running cyanogenmod and I am really pleased with it. I would hate to go back to stock, get the update and be disappointed. What are your plans?

  • jerbush91

    Well I just rooted my Droid the past weekend and must say it was the best decision I have made. I am loving the Smoked Glass even more everyday. Having said that I am happy to see the update OTA coming out but I will just wait for the time being and enjoy the freedom or my rooted phone. I am sure that just as fast as the Milestone has been rooted since the update the same will be happening to the Droid.

  • Michael

    2.yawn… My anticipation has waned. Since we have access to all of the 2.1 features thanks to Kellex and his crew, I'm not sure that this update will be anything but a disappointment. I'll keep my fingers crossed for bluetooth dialing, but otherwise this is going to be just like finally getting read a Feb. newspaper.

    <sarcasm> I am really looking forward to the pre-loaded Google Goggles though. It's such a pain to only have access to it through Android Market. </sarcasm>

    As others have pointed out, this should be cool for the rooters/modders.

    • Octotron

      An interesting point to look at is that all the roms are made based on a build not optimized for this device. I would update and then look to see what the devs can come up with for roms BASED on Droid's 2.1.

      • Michael

        Good point. That's what I was alluding to. You've done a much better job elucidating it. 🙂

  • Avery42

    hmm i dunno seems like i get more from my rom then this update. is there any reason to go back to stock and load this update?

  • Rodney Back

    The Milestone 2.1 upgrade received the ability to unlock up to 9 home screens. I wonder if we will that same capability? Hmmmmm?

  • Ace Z.

    Dammit, I gotta go back to stock *sigh*

  • Austin

    anyone notice that 2.1 includes way more eye candy than is listed on that pdf?

    at least from milestone's 2.1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5SIM0AoRk0

    it has a very nice updated bookmark system in the browser, completely revamped camera app, and a new music player?

    • Octotron

      Something I noticed was that the Live Wallpaper was not interactive and seemed a bit clunky. I hope that it is more fluid on this build.

      I am also wondering if we will be getting more then 3 screens here, I liked the option to choose how many you wanted right out of the box.

  • Mayur Patel

    Its 12:32 PM and i just received my 2.1 Update! This is No Joke!

  • StarMerc698

    I would like to say I'm excited, but until my Droid says I'm running 2.1, I'm not getting my hopes up.

  • Mayur Patel

    its 12:32 and i just received my update! No Joke!

  • Mayur Patel

    its 12:32 and i just received my update! No Joke!

    • rals

      Are you serious? Are you a VZW employee?

    • Pics or I won't believe you!

    • Let's see it man….

    • Octotron

      It is pretty uncouth to come here and lie. Provide some proof please.

  • darkcomartist

    NIIICE!!!! I was told by a vzw yesterday that probably within a week the update would be available for download (not OTA) and I was hopeful but a bit skeptical at the same time. May be he meant that the OTA would be this week and next week it would be avaialble for download. Either way hopefully this means it's coming one way or the other. I don't care if they get the milk man to deliver the update as long as I get it!!!!!

  • lugzey

    Should we wait and see or go back to stock to get the update? Actually enjoying the latest Ultimate Droid. Is it going to be faster or do we have to root to overclock again?

    • Falcon34

      Good point! I didn't even think about the ability to overclock. Would we essentially lose the ability to use all our apps made for rooted phones? Or are most of the these apps out there just 2.1 compatible?

      • jerbush91

        Most the rooted phone apps are built on the 2.1 SDK that was released months ago if I am not mistaken. I know Smoked Glass v6 is 2.1.

  • I got a boner 🙂
    Q1 has pretty much come and gone. Let's see what they got!

  • xFenixKnightx

    Bout offing time! 🙂

  • Lets hope nothing goes wrong so we can all get it! 😀

    • Austin

      I was one of the first 10,000 for 2.0.1 lets see if i'm lucky again

  • rals

    I dont understand why people think flash and 2.1 are synonymous with this update. Adobe will get this out in June. I think we have deal with one problem at a time before we worry about flash coming to our devices.

  • Falcon34

    I don't see any mention of Flash in the pdf. I would think this noteworthy if the update came with it.

    • rals

      I dont understand why people think flash and 2.1 are synonymous with this update. Adobe will get this out in June. I think we have deal with one problem at a time before we worry about flash coming to our devices.

      • Falcon34

        One simple reason I am looking for flash – those with rooted phones do not really have much else to look forward to. Flash is one of the only reasons I would unroot. Also, I would look to root as soon as I could even if I did update to 2.1. JMO

        • rdunseith

          The milestone has already been rooted, so I don't see it taking a long time to root the droid.

          • Falcon34

            I agree, but I think I'm going to wait to unroot until the 2.1 update has definately been rooted for the droid. I like my freedom with my device.

    • No Flash from what we know of from previous press releases. 🙁
      Maybe for 2.2 lol

      • tpags

        Flash is either going to be available in the market or right from adobe.

        • Thanks tpags. Would be awesome if it came in the market 🙂

          • it will be most likely straight from Adobe

          • Of course……

          • tpags

            About a month ago they said some phones were going to have the option to grab it from the market when it comes out. No matter what it won't come from Verizon. THANK GOD!!!

  • The email on howard forums still lists ESE53.

  • kulz

    crawling along…not as excited about it as before but thank GOD they're moving along….in the right direction….hope its not april fools tho 😡

  • Jason A. Grier

    YESSS! Hey Kellex, can you post a link/tutorial on how to downgrade to 2.0.1 from the newest CyanogenMod with ROM Manager? I have the newest of both.

    Thanks!

    • bksone74

      i agree… this would be very helpful.

    • tpags

      There is a stock option in the rom manager.

      • Jason Grier

        I saw the stock option… just hit that and go? Wasn't sure if there was any other things I had to do besides that

        • tpags

          Hit it and go.

          • Jason Grier

            just did that and got firmware version 2.1-update1 sooo IDk if that actually did it…. guess obviosly not! haha

          • bksone74

            question for you… after selecting Flash ClockworkMod Recovery i get a message saying “An error occurred while attempting to run privileged commands!” what do i do now? this keeps popping up.

          • tpags

            check to make sure you have the latest rom manager and try again.

          • bksone74

            i downloaded the latest version before trying it… still getting the same error…

  • NSBJJ

    What is the difference between the ESE53 build and the ESE81 (besides the number)?

    • Octotron

      A certain level of brick-your-phone is probably missing from ESE81.

      • teddyrucks

        Damnit. They always leave out all the best features.

  • Hurray for action!

  • Octotron

    We have some movement here –

    http://support.vzw.com/pdf/system_update/moto_d

    version on .pdf has changed