UPDATED: Motorola DROID update coming tomorrow? NOT

This article contains unofficial information.
UPDATED: Motorola DROID update coming tomorrow? NOT
UPDATE:

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?

Motorola DROID Specifications | Review

source: Twitter, AndroidandMe





FEATURED VIDEO

27 Comments

1. anberlin

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 21, 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: Feb 12, 2010

yea, this has nothing to do with the 2.1 upgrade

3. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 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?

26. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

ptt is going to be for blackberrys only

27. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 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: Jun 26, 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: Dec 20, 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: Oct 19, 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: May 12, 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: Jun 26, 2009

I've received these notifications before, I assume it's based on your operating zip code set up with VZW.

8. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 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: Dec 20, 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: Apr 28, 2009

I was on verizon's Support page today and came across this PDF file.http://support.vzw.com/pdf/system_update/moto_droid.pdf . Check it out and let me know what you think.

13. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

That's been there since the 16th.

11. android#1

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

network update......obviously not DEVICE UPDATE. Sean Johnson is an idiot. (the tweeter) LOL

12. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 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!

18. donjonson410

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

droid doesn't

24. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

very original

19. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

PRL stands for Preferred Roaming List, not Personal.

20. deadpool_ct

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 23, 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: Feb 03, 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: 63; Member since: May 05, 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: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i'm already rooted with 2.1 for my droid. running at 800 MHz.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.