UPDATED: Motorola DROID update coming tomorrow? NOT
This article contains unofficial information.
The text message this person received about doing a *228 on their phone is to update the Personal Roaming List (PRL) on the phone and not about Android 2.1 update.
If this update wasn't so important to a lot of people, it wouldn't keep getting the attention that it does. But for the third time in the last few weeks, it appears that DROID owners are very close to getting the Android 2.1 firmware upgrade which will allow them to Pinch-to-Zoom in the browser, just like that other famous smartphone from Apple. An Android and Me reader sent the site a tweet, saying he had received a text message from Verizon telling him Android 2.1 will start heading to DROID handsets tomorrow, March 23rd, beginning at 7am. Besides being able to pinch your way through web pages, the upgrade will bring a new photo gallery that will also use Pinch-to-Zoom on individual pictures. Videos taken of a DROID powered by Android 2.1 show how much more smoothly the device scrolls and how much faster the handset is, running applications. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, so we're hopeful that with CTIA 2010 opening Tuesday, Motorola and Verizon get their act together and finally press the button that gets this long awaited download done. Has any other DROID owner received this message?
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source: Twitter, AndroidandMe
1. anberlin (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Oct 2009)
Isn't *228 the number for activation or roaming capabilities? I think that this person just got a new tower installed around his area hence the network upgrade message.
2. owuaarontsi (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
yea, this has nothing to do with the 2.1 upgrade
3. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
That's correct. this article is garbage. we're relying on a text that is in regards to updating roaming capabilities. Oh not to mention the other reliable source, a tweet. A TWEET?! really? This is getting out of hand. No more articles please. When I actually get my update on my phone, thats when i'll find out that the update is out
5. xtroid2k (Posts: 491; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
You are right. I highly doubt this is the official update. From my experience usually you receive a notice of a software update. Having worked for Verizon Wireless over a year ago now; this message indicates a general PRL update however one never knows.
21. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I thought the PRL update is going to happen because of the 2.1 Update and PTT. I am pretty sure the reason the 2.1 update for the droid is taking so long is because they were also adding PTT to the phone as well. Anyone at Verizon want to chime in?
27. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
You say it's going to be only for Blackberry's but there is already software for Android to have PTT, It just needs to be activated by the carrier per there request. If you look the the rom of the droid it's there to accept it. (I am a project manager that builds chipsets for these phones). I know the Motorola A1, with Android will have PTT as well, same rom as the droid is going to have. Co-ink-e-dink. I think not.
4. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
Wow, really... This doesn't seem to be accurate, looks like he got a text telling him to update the roaming on his phone to me. I'm amazed that someone at PA didn't discredit this article before posting it.
14. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Anyone that's had a CDMA phone should know this isn't for software updates. You're right, they didn't do their homework on this before posting it. Then again, phonarena seems to be in deep love with the iPhone and they may see this as a way to say "see, the iPhone is better". Android will not be upgraded via *228, it's automatic.
6. numberonenygfan (Posts: 211; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)
who the hell would post this ????!!!!!????? phone arena who writes these articles.. first off that is a roaming vzw system generated message. I work for verizon the 2.1 update has not been fixed yet. People please when the update comes out you will be alerted via your handset make sure you have a charger with you at all times.. and download it. This is the worst article ive seen poasted yet. We really need to get our story straight p hone arena or your going to piss a lot of people off !!!
7. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)
The original of that pic is very suspect to begin with. If you look at it closely you can see that the area where the text is is of a slightly different color than the rest. The 8 looks a bit off as well and I've been a VZ customer for over a decade and have never gotten such a message notifying of programming updates....
10. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
I've received these notifications before, I assume it's based on your operating zip code set up with VZW.
8. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)
What nonsense, does Phone Arena think people are stupid?, or is it just another excuse for them to bash Verizon? I think so.
15. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
If it's about iPhone it's usually positive, if it's about Android it's usually negative. AT&T and iPhonearena must sleep in the same bed. But phonearena fails to mention that Android was cool even before 2.0 came out...can't say that about the first non-3G iPhone.
9. cooter1979 (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Apr 2009)
I was on verizon's Support page today and came across this PDF file.http://support.vzw.com/pdf/sys
tem_update/moto_droid.pdf. Check it out and let me know what you think.
11. android#1 (Posts: 74; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
network update......obviously not DEVICE UPDATE. Sean Johnson is an idiot. (the tweeter) LOL
12. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
anyone can send this type of message from Verizon text page. The 2.1 upgrade will not be communicated in this manner. Wow Phonearena must be really bored posting things like this. It's probally some apple boy fan making fun of all the Droid users.
16. becazican (unregistered)
i keep saying this website is the worst for any info
17. scottmbolt (unregistered)
Phone Arena posts anything and everything!
19. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)
PRL stands for Preferred Roaming List, not Personal.
20. deadpool_ct (Posts: 18; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)
I have to agree with everything that has been said in this page. I personally know that the update screen is not a text message that comes in. The phone will pop up a window that tells you there is an update and if you would like to install now or later. Plus you have to have at least 40% battery life or 20% when connected to a power source. These guys have been bashing the DROID ever since its conception. I am very dissappointed with the guys on this site and their dislike of the DROID and Android series of phones. I have a DROID and personally love it and wouldnt go back to anything else. iPhone is a joke in every aspect, I am glad Verizon turned that phone down in the beginning and if Big Red does get it, that will be the start of the Apocolypse. Besides, look at what AT&T users are having to deal with when there is a high amount of iPhones in their area, dropped calls, no data, etc. That phone is a Black Hole for data and its not good for everybody else who has a Blackberry, HTC, or any other phone on the AT&T network.
22. rimwireless (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 Feb 2010)
Maybee if P.A got there head out of there ass and just posted facts instead everytime some comes to them and says oh its coming today. Get your facts straight then report!
23. je2345 (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 May 2009)
This is the lamest article I have ever read! Why would you post about a PRL update? Has nothing to do with Droid, let alone the 2.1 software update. I've lost all respect forwww.phonearena.com!
25. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i'm already rooted with 2.1 for my droid. running at 800 MHz.