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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! 😛


  • 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.

  • 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


    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!


    • 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????
      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


      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.