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Blur Allows for “Pull” Updates to DROID X and 2

We actually wrote about the ability to “pull” updates when the Droid 2 was initially updated just after launch, but this news from Verizon actually clarifies and backs up our claim.  The ability to “pull” an update from a server is something that is pretty important especially with the 2-week long frustrations we are seeing from people waiting for the 2.2 notification to hit their Droid 1.  “Pulling” simply means that a user can initiate the update rather than waiting for Google or Motorola to “push” it to you.

In the case of the Droid 1, you cannot “pull” and simply have to sit back and wait for any update to be “pushed” to you.

Blur enabled phones on the other hand, are “push” enabled.  So for anyone with a Droid X, D2 or Devour, you can in theory, “pull” an update the minute it has been announced.  Once the update has hit Motorola/Blur servers, you can go into your System Updates and actually force your phone to check for availability.

You can see proof in the screenshots below.  On the left is the Droid X “pulling” and actually checking for an available update while the Droid 1 is simply waiting for an update to be pushed to it…

I know we all hate Blur, but this is pretty good news.  Now if only Verizon would release 2.2 for the DX so we can test out this new “pull” goodness.

  • http://www.lead411.com/George_Eanes_551830.html George Eanes

    Well its must be the fancy extra thing Blur has so that people with it will stop complaining about it slowing down their phone and be Happy….that's really nice thanks for sharing with us….

  • http://www.upinteractive.com Internet Marketing Company

    Great stuff as usual… Well I understood when I thought I was getting it from Verizon and they are already pushing updates to D1 and DInc.. ..thanks for sharing with us…

  • http://www.mediabistro.com/Mykalai-Kontilai-profile.html Mykalai Kontilai

    Very good info thank you, keep us up to date………

  • Stu

    Verizon just announced the 2.2 for the DroidX and said that it would be hitting phones in “the next few weeks”. I just pulled 2.2 from my DroidX

  • Billythedeuce

    Just received OTA Update… I'm rooted, but want to know if I should update, unroot and update or just ignore? See link https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1q5d8au0lZkTbBYjHErk_qtfipKxLj1VJRErqmfSmZzM&hl=en&authkey=CMOHsvYF for screenshot of update

  • Billythedeuce

    Just received OTA Update… I'm rooted, but want to know if I should update, unroot and update or just ignore? See link https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1q5d8au0lZkTbBYjHErk_qtfipKxLj1VJRErqmfSmZzM&hl=en&authkey=CMOHsvYF for screenshot of update

  • JAG28CO

    It works. i got the update 1 this way. I been checking everyday for the froyo update since sept 1. No luck yet. I will be checking every 15 min starting today until it gets deploy. I was wishing for a amazing weekend with froyo but I guess its going to be a Eclair weekend. MOTO VRZ SEND US THE UPDATE.

  • mike

    i just spoke to a verizon rep and she told me that the droix update is being push out as we speak…its going in batches and that I should recieve it with in the next couple of days…

    • JTE

      that would be pretty sweet! I hope she's not confusing it with the incredible

  • x4Play

    Just continuing to patiently wait for the Droid X to get Froyo. The suspense is killing me

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    They should also let us “pull” the bootloader off. {{-_-}}

  • Guest

    Every time I try to check for updates on my X, it never says the system is currently up to date. It always returns a message box saying “Check for update was not available at this time. Try again later.” Only option it has is an OK button. Anyone else have this problem?

  • Jeff

    This is how I got Droid X Update 1. Old news.

  • http://twitter.com/HostileJava James Polles

    I can confirm this works, I used it to get the original update that was released a few days after the X came out.

  • http://twitter.com/SgtBaxter SgtBaxter

    Moto's servers are getting slammed with us X users checking 15 times a day. Never recently has my phone reported it's up to date as it used to when I first got the phone. Now it's either “update service is not available at this time”, or it just sits and spins in neverland…

    • Guest

      Yeah, mine has NEVER said it is up to date. Not even the day after I got it (on launch day). I guess I'll wait another month for the Froyo update to roll out and see what happens. Thanks.

  • andrew401

    Blur needs to die. The least they should do is let you clear defaults in Blur and run stock Android. It's a feature that some Sense UI phones have. Such as the Eris and EVO. Any phone with a custom UI should have this feature if you ask me. The whole point of Android is to be open. Since that's its point why can't us (the user) pick what UI we want. Makes total sense to me, but I guess phone companies don't think that way :(

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    if the droid 1 uses the google OTA server, does that mean we can use the hidden google check-in command to manually pull updates (aka dialing *#*#checkin#*#* or *#*#2432546#*#* into the phone dialer and pressing send)?

  • jareth86

    Its about time. HTC should be ashamed that Motorola of all companies beat them to it.

  • philnolan3d

    I found this on my own and have been checking it daily.

  • http://twitter.com/theworksink Nathaniel Rodriguez

    since were talking about updates kellex do you have any info on when the DI update will end im constantly checking my phone during school to see if it has been pushed to my phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

    NO, we all do not hate blur…

  • Adrian

    Hm this is pretty cool. DX +1

  • BaldyPal

    I don't know about how well this works. Do you remember the “update” moto pushed on july 18th just 3 days after DX was released? I just flashed back to stock 2.1 to get ready for 2.2 OTA and i've been checking for updates ever since and it wont even pull that first “official” july 18th update. It wouldn't make sense for them to move it off the servers. I still think they have to trigger something on there end first. We can't just go pulling them. They still have total control on this update process.

    • Worm4603

      I remember that and the day it said it was coming out, I get a push for the update but when I tried to pull it I got it.

  • Chris R

    I hate Blur and it kills the battery on my Droid 2 (which I just got as a replacement)…The processes keeping popping back up even though I don't have the widgets running…However, when I got the phone on Monday I checked for updates (it showed the left screen) and that update was available. That is definitely a plus…now if they can only fix the battery issue with the Droid 2!!!

  • dannyjedi

    Wonder what will happen when I try and PULL the froyo, when I have the leak on my X.
    hmmmmm thoughts?

  • Elmer Gills

    “Check for update was not available at this time.”

    Droid X. Hurm.

  • Lonndoggie

    The article says “Blur enabled phones on the other hand, are “push” enabled.”

    You mean pull enabled.

  • Rain_king46

    So my question is, if we are getting the DX update from Moto and not from Verizon, they why are we waiting? I understood when I thought I was getting it from Verizon and they are already pushing updates to D1 and DInc. But now what is the holdup? Moto leaked 2.2 and I have heard no real bugs with it. What gives?

  • feztheforeigner

    We don't all “hate” blur. I like it, still prefer stock tho

  • thegeek
  • droidaholic

    Kellex,
    Judging by your No Service icon in the notification bar I'm guessing you have officially retired your D1?

  • Douche

    So Blur server is Motorola server? Does that mean they won't let us leaked 2.2 Droid X users “pull” the update since they mentioned there will be no path from the leaked update? Damned Moto, I hope their servers get overloaded once official 2.2 is released….

    • Aubreyvt

      Speek for yourself you impatiant ass….. Dont curse those who have been waiting…

      • MuddyB00ts

        speeking is awsum!

        • Aubreyvt

          I know, isn't it great!!! We can all say what we want…….. even the “Douche”. His name seems to fit him.

      • Douche

        I guess “patience” doesn't improve spelling skills. “Speeking” for myself was exactly what I was doing. Everything I said was my opinion… A curse on Motorola's servers is me speaking for myself… If you agreed with me, you would be “speeking” for yourself. And you just spoke for yourself in your post. See how fruitless this is?

        • Aubreyvt

          Wow, what intelligent “quotes” you have. So while typing i screwed up some letters. I can fix spelling you cant fix being an impatient ***hole.

          • soulever989

            For someone so patient, you sure aren't very tolerant…

  • http://www.facebook.com/levi.schroeder Levi Schroeder

    I have a D1 and this is the first thing that has *slightly* made me think about getting my upgrade :)..

    But then again, us rooted users really didn't have much wait at all, now did we?

  • Garyisdead

    I received my D2 on Monday as a replacement for my broken D1. Already had Froyo installed but I hit the update button (just to see what would happen) and the new update was pushed immediately.

  • Sean

    I guess this would be useful information if Moto would pull their head out of their ass and push 2.2 to the X. They weren't kidding when they said late summer.

    • philnolan3d

      They said early September.

  • themiracle2012

    The Incredible has had this feature the whole time…

    • dardroidx

      my wife and I recently got a DX and a DI and I thought it was strange I could “check for updates” on my DX and the incredible lacked this feature. It was frustrating because when froyo came out the 'about phone' setting said it was up to date until it was pushed. Makes sense now. No pun intended.

  • EggoEspada

    That's pretty awesome.

  • Sjschwar

    Ive been hitting “check for system updates” about 10 times a day since i heard 2.2 was coming in the summer. To this day, no dice.

  • memnoch73

    So THIS must be the fancy extra thing Blur has so that people with it will stop complaining about it slowing down their phone and be Happy. Oh the fringe benefits…

  • Doolidg

    mmmmmm bacon…

  • http://twitter.com/Ludacrosse05 Ludacrosse05

    Don't forget the crappy Devour. It can pull updates now too. It can also get smashed into a thousand pieces for all I care.

    • kellex

      I listed the Devour. :P