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Android 2.2 Not Coming to DROID Eris

That poor Droid Eris.  According to Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney, there are no plans to bring Android 2.2 to this long lost and original family member.  There are “other options in Android devices” these days meaning…well, we’re not sure what that means.  Are you allowing Eris owners to upgrade early then?

Tis a sad day though, but one that ultimately makes complete sense.  The update to 2.1 was a disaster, leaving many to believe the phone wasn’t even ready to handle that version of Android let alone Froyo.  The Eris really was set up as a entry-level Android phone from the beginning, much like the Devour or Ally, which doesn’t mean that it isn’t a quality phone, just isn’t one that was built to stand up for years to come.  And before Eris owners get angry at that statement, let me just point out that the original Moto Droid is basically in the same boat as you and there are over 2.5 million of those in the wild.

This is how the cell phone/technology world works unfortunately.

Source:  ComputerWorld

  • http://woodworking-books.org woodworking ebooks

    The Eris really was set up as a entry-level Android phone from the beginning.

  • Tlarson36

    Verizon is complete bs. I can't believe they're not giving the update to the Eris or the hero owners. Soon as my contract runs out I'm switching company's for sure. That's what happens when a company gets to big. They forget about there customers. VZW sucks donkey d**ks!!!!!!!……

  • Mbaverizon

    the eris is a great phone it really is

  • Rick

    For people pissing and moaning about the Eris not getting 2.2, google KaosFroyo. I've had Froyo on my eris for a few months now. It runs better than my eris did with any official update. THIS is how the phone should have come stock! It's quick, and there's a TON of room on it. And the way Kaos is with the updates, any bugs found will be worked out in about a week and you'll have a new update.

  • http://twitter.com/FYMYAWF FYMYAWF

    Ah, the plucky little Eris. I had one, and will remember it fondly as my intro to Android. Underpowered and tiny, it had no business getting 2.1, really, so 2.2 was never really an option. Sorry, Eris owners, but do yourself a favor and eat the upgrade fee to get into an Incredible…you'll thank me.

  • Joey563

    Cyanogenmod froyo build ports to eris for those who are rooted and want Froyo. If your not rooted try it, if i can do it anyone can. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=723263

  • XMisteRViciouSx

    Mister Vicious – the droid 1 is not in the same boat as that terrible eris. The d1 is by far still one of it not the most popular device on verizon. People don't like that moto skin on the x or d2 and most consumers would never root there device let alone even know what that means. I do not plan on upgrading my d1 to the d2 or the golbal droid or the x. My d1 is over clocked at 1.25 ghz running flawlessly my flash player is awesome and wireless tether is beautiful. As far as ikm concerned the eris should be moved to metro pcs and kill it of finally. Comparing the eris to the d1 is like comparing the palm centro to the palm pre plus. Ridiculous.

  • Charles6221

    Just root your eris… gon on the market and get the app easy root for droid eris u can load a 2.2 rom into it dont freak out

  • versusxiii

    I don't know, I rooted and loaded up a Froyo build on a friend's Eris, and it works wonderfully. Not as good as my Droid 1 runs, but better than it was running stock 2.1 sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johnathan-Downer/75400936 Johnathan Downer

    that could be a good thing seeing as 2.2 has so many bugs in it any and tends to glitch a lot of the phones its been put on so far including mine and 2 of my friends (one friend and I have the D1 and another the DX)

  • Rick00770

    I had the eris and thought it was great just like it was, i just decided to go for the original droid , which was too much money at the time for me, long story short i was prepared to go back to eris i liked it so much, but by that time i was being charged for use even though i had turned it in before 30 day trial, i had had iphone too, i didnt think the eris was an entry level phone at all, i still think its one of the best phones out there. Loved the track ball, and liked the form factor , im one who hates a querty keyboard, so it was kind of like a smaller nexus one to me, i currently have evo, but if i could have two or three phones, the eris would be one of them.

  • Tom

    I don't mind paying verizon if it means I get quality service, which I do. You get what you pay for imo.

  • Dbillett1

    Too much is getting made of all these operating system upgrades. If you have a nice stable phone with the apps you want, good enough isn't it? In the history of cell phones people have always been used to having to upgrade to a new phone to get more capability. Why are we expecting Android phones to be different?

    Buy the phone you want with the capabilities you want at the store in the first place. Then if the manufacturer decides to give you a free OS upgrade it's a bonus! Not a requirement! When I bought my droid last November I don't remember seeing anywhere in the print that they would be required to give me free OS upgrades!

  • timarnette

    Where is 2.2 for the Droid X. If it is not here soon I am taking the X back!!!!!!!!

  • Jasonws

    The Moto Droid and the Eris are basically the “his and hers” of Droid phones.

  • JTE

    I had the option of paying more for a 1 yr contract when I upgraded. I seem to remember it being a difference of $50, not $100, but it could depend on the plan.

  • Porschephile2k3

    What!? No i*hone on your list? ;-)

  • minuzle

    Isn't the 1 year plan for “new” lines and not upgrade lines or for people who are going from a dumbphone to a smartphone, correct me if i'm wrong

  • KleenDroid

    There is a standard one year upgrade option. You just don't get as big of a subsidy. Most people opt for two years to save an extra$ 100. Of course that hundred bucks keeps you from getting a new phone for an extra year.

  • Dbillett1

    Too much is getting made of all these operating system upgrades. If you have a nice stable phone with the apps you want, good enough isn't it? In the history of cell phones people have always been used to having to upgrade to a new phone to get more capability. Why are we expecting Android phones to be different?

    Buy the phone you want with the capabilities you want at the store in the first place. Then if the manufacturer decides to give you a free OS upgrade it's a bonus! Not a requirement! When I bought my droid last November I don't remember seeing anywhere in the print that they would be required to give me free OS upgrades!

  • timarnette

    Where is 2.2 for the Droid X. If it is not here soon I am taking the X back!!!!!!!!

  • Jasonws

    The Moto Droid and the Eris are basically the “his and hers” of Droid phones.

  • JTE

    I had the option of paying more for a 1 yr contract when I upgraded. I seem to remember it being a difference of $50, not $100, but it could depend on the plan.

  • Joe

    The Eris never had 1.6 people, not a big deal but it was on 1.5.

    They skipped 1.6 altogether.

  • http://twitter.com/JfnC James

    This is why Verizon and manufacturers need to simply be honest when it comes to lower end phones, I know people who bought the Eris thinking it was around the same level of the Moto Droid, but they preferred Sense and the form factor.

    Hell, the sales people at the Verizon store basically said it was near the same level just to make a sale and upgrade a line from a dumbphone to smartphone.

    This is and the Motorola Droid are why 2 year contracts simply have to go, 1 year should be standard. Especially with the ridiculous ETFs. Last year the Droid was probably the most powerful phone, now it might not going to be updated a year later to a newest version of Android. (3.0).

    • KleenDroid

      There is a standard one year upgrade option. You just don't get as big of a subsidy. Most people opt for two years to save an extra$ 100. Of course that hundred bucks keeps you from getting a new phone for an extra year.

      • minuzle

        Isn't the 1 year plan for “new” lines and not upgrade lines or for people who are going from a dumbphone to a smartphone, correct me if i'm wrong

    • GlitchZero

      LOL. You're funny man. You're sitting here bitching about 2 year contracts, how do you think the REST of North America feels with 3 year contracts for even crappier devices? The Droid, the G1, the Desire.

      Stop complaining.

  • http://twitter.com/MennoMobile Menno

    And do you see what he had to do to get it to run?

    No JIT, No Apps2SD, a ton of other options removed. HE used almost all the memory on the device to get froyo on there, leaving next to no memory for apps. And the g1 doesn't have Sense, which requires even more memory.

    Getting froyo running on a device and getting the device upgraded TO froyo are two totally different things. It is a valid excuse (they even had to parse down the 2.1 update for the eris to get it to work, let alone 2.2)

  • Dragon3463

    Not coming to the x either…

  • JTE

    my friend ended up getting one of these a while back because he couldn't afford the DROID. Does DL have a guide to rooting the Eris? Are there 2.2 versions compatible with it?

  • http://twitter.com/jarofclay Joseph Swenson

    We have 2.2 running happily on several Eris devices. It's a great ton of work from the community putting Cyanogen and other HTC tweaks to get it to run well on the Eris.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=685594

  • SP

    Not sure what is the thought line behind this decision, but on my rooted Eris the 2.2 is working great. No issues what so ever.

  • saimin

    No surprise there. Everyone new the Eris was underpowered even when it first came out. It was even marketed as the Droid junior, for people who didn't need or want a lot of features.

  • Fred

    Yes. I thought it was a better looking phone than the original Droid. I ended up getting the Droid because it had 2.0.1 Android and not the aging 1.6 on the Eris.

    I still hate the slide out keyboard on the Droid, and if I get a new smartphone when this contract expires, it will not have a slider keyboard. It will be an Android phone or a Windows 7 phone, and I might jump off the Verizon bandwagon because their pricing plans are just terrible and very overpriced.

    • Porschephile2k3

      What!? No i*hone on your list? ;-)

    • Tom

      I don't mind paying verizon if it means I get quality service, which I do. You get what you pay for imo.

  • snafu009

    What is this Eris you speak of?

  • SetNick

    With the buy a droid get an eris free offer, it was a great deal at the time. The misses likes it. And who really cares what VZ says. Got root?

  • SetNick

    With the buy a droid get an eris free offer, it was a great deal at the time. But who really cares what VZ says. Got root?

  • Chris Nimon

    So what shes saying is screw you, go pay full price for a new phone since you cant get NE2 yet? At least our developers have kept the Droid viable. Thanks Devs, without you I'd be forking over my $$ to verizon every 4 months.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    The Eris doesn't have the hardware to support these updates. It was old technology before it even got released, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that it won't be receiving 2.2 and beyond.

    • rbush

      This isn't entirely true. I have recently rooted my wife's Eris and installed the Cyanogen Tazz 6.0 ROM. She is running FROYO overclocked to 824MHz and it runs surprisingly well – the battery life is greatly improved. No issues so far…

      • JT

        Correct. If you're willing to root and load a custom rom, KaosFroyo is another good option that you can install to get overcome a froyo-less eris (and approaching 1200 posts from plenty of people who are rocking froyo on their eris). Check it out: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=685594

  • http://twitter.com/zaiger Brian

    That phone should not have been called a Droid to begin with. They just tacked the title on in order to sell a few of them.

  • http://twitter.com/Plasma291 Anton Dudzinsky

    What Verizon should do is for old Andrioid phones is make a discounted upgrade forit. It is very annoying to know that I'm stuck with what I got. And more I think it more bad rep goes to Verizon.

    @Bill I care very much. And I'm a Eris owner.

    • http://twitter.com/zaiger Brian

      You have an outdated phone, this is not Verizon's fault. When you go up to the counter and say “Give me the cheapest phone you have!”, You have to expect this.

      • DRoid

        doosh.

      • Clarkjlynn

        First off I didn’t get my Eris because it was cheapest. It was for me better then the Droid I didn’t want a keyboard. Second if Eris is outdated then the Droid 1 should be outdated since they came out at the same time. But they got 2.2. Third Eris really needs it because the new phones can save to sd but have enough onboard memory but a phone that doesn’t have a lot of it doesn’t. I would be happy with just an update to allow that.

        • Joey563

          Droid 1 is not really outdated. I have froyo, flash, i am rooted and can run up to 1ghz overclocked with zero problem, and it holds it’s own with pretty much anything out there. I can also probably go easily for another 4 to 6 months and be fine with what i have and not worry about upgrading.

    • MylittleEris

      I’m not sure if you pay at all any attention to things called “trends”
      but the fact is the Eris is a slow, archaic and just a steaming pile of craptastic dung.

      The Eris never sold well, in fact it sold so poorly they had to GIVE it away, for free
      just to get them out of the warehouses from whence they sat…collecting dust
      for a long time.

      For any Eris owner out there?

      READ the specs, don’t be so quick to buy a phone.
      Look, read and review the reviews of the device you are planning to get.

      Lastly…ROOT your phone, get KaosFroyo and then enjoy a better working phone.

      • Tom4165

        How do i do this?

      • Annoyed

        I did read the specs and at the time they weren’t bad since there were only a few droid phones out. I read reviews and such and all of them sounded good and the phone is good except the memory. Thats the major problem at this point. I would be happy with an app to sd card app or upgrade so that my phone is more usable. Other then that i love the phone. I am not rooting it till my warranty up.

  • litrekid

    Damn. I first saw that post in portrait and couldn't see the eris art. I damn near spit my food out.

  • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeffrey Bernard

    I am outraged. Not by the fact that Eris isn't getting froyo but by the fact that people own an Eris.

    • Clarkjlynn

      Whats wrong with owning an Eris? Its a good phone my only problem is not enough memory and 2.2 would help fix that problem with the saving to sd card. Why is the phones with the memory to be able to work have it and not the ones that need it???

  • Zach

    A Device that's not even a year old should still be getting updates imo… and even though there are other Android Devices you can't upgrade because your locked in that 1 or 2 year contract that isnt up yet…. lame for those Eris users.

    • kellex

      Problem is, the device doesn't have the hardware to support anymore updates. This probably won't make Eris owners happy but they should be happy they even saw 2.1. There are phones out there which were released well after it that are still stuck on 1.6 and will never move from there.

      • snafu009

        I fail to see the hardware limitations as a valid rationalization, seeing as cyanogen was able to (even) get the G1 outfitted with Froyo.

        • minuzle

          Dunno seem's pretty valid to me. It is no different than going to the store waiting to pick up the newest version of whatever your favorite game is to find out after you get home that your 1 yr old computer can barely play the game because you didn't buy top of the line to begin with

        • Kryptic17

          Eh, to me it makes perfect sense, shouldn't pick up a low end phone for big end things? Those entry level phones are perfectly fine for users who probably don't have huge needs from it, but still get some nice features you wouldnt have on non-android phones.

          Itd be more sensible to be eligible for an early upgrade, or a cheaper upgrade option.

          Indeed G1 was able to get froyo action but it's a bit more indeph process, its not like cyanogen makes it look easy. The phone just wasn't made for it, it doesn't run well at all.

        • MylittleEris

          Are you qualified to make that statement?

          VZN needs to make certain that an update to 2.2 will run reliably, be cost effective
          and just make sense for such a slow device.

          Use your head for a second.
          If 2.1 can’t run the way it is supposed to what makes you think
          running 2.2 would be better?

          The fact is, is that you would need to overclock the Eris to at least 728mhz minimum
          to enjoy 2.2 and VZN would never push a device past its recommended clock speed
          via a ROM just to satisfy the minority of Eris owners who feel left out via an update.

          Don’t take it personal, you just made a bad choice.

  • Mr. Joshua

    It would be nice if the standard was changed to one year locked in contracts instead of two…

    • KleenDroid

      You have the option of a one year contract. It only costs$ 100 more!

  • Jamerson90

    I actually knew this months ago. Back when 2.2 was released Eris was put on the list for no 2.2 from HTC. That is why I hacked my friends Eris and put it on for him anyway :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdnaylor Jeff Naylor

    I'm beginning to wonder if they have any plans to bring Android 2.2 to the Droid X.

    • kellex

      Hah seriously. We're going to hit “end of Fall” pretty soon.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Shanklin/100000620941274 Ryan Shanklin

        haha who are the 4 dummies that liked kellex comment?

  • Arnp16

    What's the latest news on the Droid X 2.2 update?

    • Dellbx

      Verizon says ” you will get it when you get it”

  • Bill

    anyone who owns an eris probably doesn't even care to be honest.

    • Brian E.

      I care. When I bought this phone last November (2009), there was no such thing as the Incredible, X, Droid 2 or even Nexus One. There was the HTC Hero on Sprint and the original Moto Droid on Verizon.

      Having tested out all 3, I definitely felt most comfortable with the Eris for a number of reasons. If I had any inkling that the Eris would basically become dumpster fodder within 3 months, I never would’ve bought it in the first place. Now I’m tied to a 2 year contract and a dated phone that has maxed out at OS 2.1 and doesn’t have access to a good number of OS 2.2 apps in the market.

      So, yes, many Eris owners do care. Please don’t stereotype us.

      • Dsimm

        This makes me very angry. I totally agree with what you say but Verizon needs to make amends with us Eris users. Give us early upgrades, replace the phone with the Moto Droid, something… Does anyone else have the freaking trackball problem? I can’t get out of Eris even though the phone is virtually unusable unless I stay away from apps like google maps (where the track ball causes the darn thing to scroll east nonstop…)

        Verizon, I’m looking at you! Fix this problem or you’ll have one unhappy customer to deal with for the next two years…

  • Valdez 2918

    haha who would get the eris besides a mom choosing for their kids

    • bravoleader2

      It was the best/only Verizon Android phone without a bulky slide out keyboard at the time. Well up until the Incredible came along several months later.

      • KleenDroid

        Yes the Eris was a cute phone for the ladies!

  • http://twitter.com/summerson Cameron Summerson

    This was to be expected. Honestly, I'm surprised that it actually got Eclair.

  • bravoleader2

    This is very sad news. RIP Eris.