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Original DROID Update in the Works, It’s not Gingerbread

Motorola is preparing a “small software update” for the original DROID that will go out to a select number of users in their Feedback Network over the next day or so.  The update is definitely not Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or they wouldn’t be classifying it as “small.”

Hi.

We’ve learned recently that the original Droid will soon get a small software update. A limited number of owners will receive the update as part of a pre-launch “soak” test before it’s more widely released. This has become standard practice, so we can observe for a few days to make sure there are no hidden problems before wide release.

There is a window of opportunity to be included in the pre-launch soak if you like. We would appreciate it if you would, and then provide us with some brief feedback on the update. Simply take this very short registration survey to sign up. Unfortunately, we have to provide a list very soon, so please take the survey right away if you are interested. There are a limited – but generous — number of slots available.

(If you now own a different Motorola phone and wish to update your Motorola Feedback Network information, please click here.)

Thanks for your participation in the Motorola Feedback Network.

– Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

We’re guessing it’ll be 2.2.2 which is the same update the Nexus One saw just last week.  So if you are a part of the Moto Feedback Network, start checking your inboxes for instructions and be sure to let the rest of us know how it goes.

After it passes all of the tests, and we’re it will, it will probably spread to the masses on Verizon within the next 2 weeks.

Cheers M!

  • anon

    check droid-life it should be starting soon

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LEP2PO6BC524BBC4K5CRPFOJFY josh

    Whatever happened to this update does anyone know?

  • Didonatom

    Anyone get this update yet?

  • Fritoman

    I got that email, I was rooted and I unrooted to get he last update, FRG83D. Big mistake!! I lost root on my phone and it took me 3 figgin days to find a way to get root access again…they probably just made it harder to get root access with this update as well…If and only if they release GB will I unroot again!!

  • Scijohn

    My Droid is rooted. Is it worth unrooting just to get this update? It doesn’t seem like there is anything compelling in the updgrade.

  • Pena Rueben

    Anyone having trouble sync contacts with Facebook using cm nightlies #17?

  • Pena Rueben

    Anyone having trouble sync contacts with Facebook using cm nightlies #17?

  • Anonymous

    Are they going to lock the bootloader and install blur? That’s apparently what consumers want nowadays… :-P

  • Vire

    A pity. I’m already running Gingerbread on my OG Droid.

  • Vire

    A pity. I’m already running Gingerbread on my OG Droid.

    • Justin

      Yeah well I got chocolate chip cookie

  • Annetter88

    I got an e-mail last night asking me to participate in the ‘pre-soak testing’ for this small release. I figured it was because I was a participating member of the Motorola support forum. Filled out survey and let’s see if I get picked.

  • Burko

    I wonder if this will be the same update as will be released for the Milestone… It would be rather stupid to release a 2.2.1 for Milestone this quarter when a 2.2.2 exists for the Droid.. Then again, this is Motorola we’re talking about….

    I wont hold my breath.

  • http://twitter.com/Sanitarium09 Travis Olson

    With the vast number of Droid 1 owners out there, it seems stupid to stop supporting the device. Especially since almost all owners are a long way away from an upgrade at a discount price. I’m glad that Motorola hasn’t totally dropped the ball on the device that pretty much saved their ass for the time being. I just wish they’d be more forthcoming with information about when and if they will continue support. Instead, customers have to read cryptic posts on blogs or twitter to get information. Motorola should just go ahead and hire Droid Life to do their PR.

  • Sandyjoey84

    I know I miss custom theme Fridays cmon kellex

  • Afallucco

    CM7 is working well on our phone now that cvpcs is working on it. Gingerbread is amazing!

  • Jae

    just updated my OG droid to 2.3 with CM 7 nightly build #16.. gotta say, the tube animation when the screen turns off might be the best part lol

  • HKPete

    Hahaha, while us Milestone owners are still waiting for Froyo…Oh, sorry, I am talking about a completely different phone.

  • eddieonofre

    sorry Moto can test your update becaus eit is not compatible with the Gingerbread ROM i have on my Droid

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm. I have Gingerbread running on my OG Droid. And it’s wonderfully stable (only issue is the camera doesn’t work but I can live without it for now). If you want Gingerbread on your OG Droid, all you have to do is root it, and then install UltimateDroid 3.0 RC2.

    • Flyinion

      CM7 nightly builds seem to be getting there as well. Sounds like about the only issues it’s having are random reboots which cvpcs seems to be tracking down, and video camera is not working but supposedly camera does.

      • Mr. Joshua

        Just took the leap to GB this afternoon on my OG. CM7 nightly build 15 is running incredibly well. I had make a back up of my latest froyo ROM with all intents of going back because I thought it would still be pretty buggy. I can tell you already that this is my daily driver! There is supposed to be significant battery life improvement, but I am not sure if I will be able to tell because I can’t stop turning my screen on and off to watch the cool “tube” animation…

        • Flyinion

          Yeah that screen off animation is fracking epic.

          • tjhrulz

            everyone loves those, even my friend with an i*hone copied it

        • Anonymous

          Battery life has changed between last few nightlies. Not a drawback or crticism, as you know we expect variations. It’s definitely getting better all the time as far as bugs! Go CM! Lots of builds off their source lately, we added fixes here and there. But fixing it at the core: there’s a whole lot to be said for that. @Cvpcs has recenlty twittered to post logcats for soft reboots when in landscape to pastebin and then share link via twitter. If he’s willing to read them I’ve installed alogcat and an uploader app for pastebin… just haven’t had any reboots since accel fix.

    • Anonymous

      Liquid smooth Tom’s has a gingerbread rom out called liquid gingerbread. Super stable and smooth no problems what so ever so far been on it for about a week. Haven’t found anything that doesn’t work yet.

    • tjhrulz

      Hey I am running that too, good choice in rom.

  • http://jeftek.com Jef

    So if this is the last official update……That means it lasted 1 year and 4 months with updates since release? The Droid1 will be a legendary phone that jump started the Android wave.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

      what makes you think its the last one?

      • eddieonofre

        Cuz Motorola takes a lifetime to make updates… it my not be the last one but it is the last one on my life time

        • Coaster36

          no they take a lifetime to make updates covered in BLUR. If they just made vanilla android it would be much quicker.

    • Milestone21

      Dude, European version – Milestone is still running 2.1 :) Motolola sucks bad if it come to updates and I’ll never buy Motorola again.

  • Jeremy Gentry

    My OG droid has taken enough abuse, i will leave it alone

  • Djspikezz

    Kellex!! Can we get some new custom theme features! Give Darkslide and Drew Garens Lexlite some love!

  • EC8CH

    It’s not gingerbread and yet you tease us with that screen full of GB goodness…

    shame on you Kellex :-(

    • eddieonofre

      you are the man kellex

  • tanknspank

    Yeah, it’s nice to see them still supporting phones. Especially since it’s an easy to update phone with only a few fixes. Still nice though :)

    • tjhrulz

      thats what happens whenyou run stock android

  • Anonymous

    Glad they haven’t forgotten about the elderly Droid. But he’s humming along on 2.3.2 here :)And most of his bugs are worked out!

    • Mr. Joshua

      he? his?

      • Anonymous

        Well, it’s certainly not my mistress. I’ll save “she” and “hers” for when I can afford a boat. Why are you dogging me on this? !|

        • Mr. Joshua

          Oh, your phone… I thought you were talking about a dev’s build – I was trying to see which dev. Sorry about that :-)

          • Anonymous

            Ugh, why didn’t I think a little more… my bad. I was talking about my phone. I’m on CM7 build 15, 16 is stuck downloading, lol. Despite TDRevolution’s ability to crank out bandwidth, these nightlies, I assume across all builds and devices, are definitely testing their ability. Sometimes I cancel download and it is much faster though, so it could also be on my end.
            Wbat dev are you using? I’d credit official improvements on CM/AOSP to cvpcs nowm of course.

          • Mr. Joshua

            Ha, no worries. I am also running build 15, CM7 nightly. It is awesome for sure. And I completely agree that cvpcs should get the credit!

  • Anonymous

    The FIRST time I rooted my phone, I never went back – but I wouldn’t mind being part of the soak if I was still stock…

    • Anonymous

      Also – got it! :-D

    • Anonymous

      Hmm, I was going to say that at first too, but instead got specific and with

      • Anonymous

        I knew someone would pick up on the subtlety… :-)

        • Anonymous

          lol. That’s about as close as I’ve ever come. Usually, when it looks like no one has commented it is a mistake of caching and what not. This time, it really was my delay in deciding to code italics, lol. (Something I care less about normally, but I looked it up for the droidlife icon contest, I just wanted to contribute to ideas… shame they don’t do it in multiple rounds. Ideas, options, then after first set, heck let everyone work with the “look” they like. It would be better crowdsourcing, imo. Unrelevant to our back and forth of course :)

          • Anonymous

            Oh, and first round a prize, another prize as ideas get focused to what kellex and crew like, etc… just scale prizes back if that’s an issue. Free crowdsourcing and hopefully an amazing logo is already a pretty good deal for dl. I’d gladly follow up with multiple designs and ultimate prize could go to charity. Maybe I should make these comments on original thread, I realize now. Hmmph. Me ;(

          • Anonymous

            Oh, and first round a prize, another prize as ideas get focused to what kellex and crew like, etc… just scale prizes back if that’s an issue. Free crowdsourcing and hopefully an amazing logo is already a pretty good deal for dl. I’d gladly follow up with multiple designs and ultimate prize could go to charity. Maybe I should make these comments on original thread, I realize now. Hmmph. Me ;(

        • Anonymous

          lol. That’s about as close as I’ve ever come. Usually, when it looks like no one has commented it is a mistake of caching and what not. This time, it really was my delay in deciding to code italics, lol. (Something I care less about normally, but I looked it up for the droidlife icon contest, I just wanted to contribute to ideas… shame they don’t do it in multiple rounds. Ideas, options, then after first set, heck let everyone work with the “look” they like. It would be better crowdsourcing, imo. Unrelevant to our back and forth of course :)