Don't worry Droid & Cliq owners, you're not going to be left in the dark. Motorola also announced that they'll be bringing both the Motorola Droid & Motorola Cliq to Android 2.1. Which means we should be able to enjoy all the goodies that made the Nexus One so jaw-droppingly sexy on our Motorola Android phones. We're definitely interested in seeing Motoblur and Android 2.1 interact, but that's a discussion for another day.

But the news doesn't stop there for Droid owners. Not only will they receive Android 2.1 but Motorola has been working on Flash 10.1 integration and has optimized it for the Droid chipset, which means yes, your Droid will soon have official Flash support. On top of that, the Droid should get a second maintenance update in the near future. Score big for Droid.

Since yesterday wasn't such a good day to be a Droid owner, today is shaping up totally different! What do you guys think?

[via @palmsolo]

 
There are 134 comments

Ace says:

In a world that doesn't DROID does!!!

Anonymous says:

I contacted T-Mobile today (2/10/2010) and they indicated that Cliq will NOT be getting an Android 2.1 update. I called a few T-Mobile stores to confirms with and half said it was and half said it wasn't. The ones that said it wasn't said they can't update the Cliq do to an equipment problem (specifically, the indicated a lack of a dual core processor). Is anyone else getting similar info?

Anonymous says:

It only took 2 months from you post for Verizon to push the 2.1 out little late is better than none at all.

Anonymous says:

Exactly why you don't call a retail store, hell even corporate for a answer. I literally called Verizon at about 2p.m. my time, over 24 hours after the first 1000 received 2.1, and they told me "We aren't told that sort of information and i'm pretty sure its not anytime soon because I have droid and have not heard anything." That's the exact response I expected. Every time I have called Verizon (well over 20 stores in the state) they have claimed to not know anything about 2.1 release.

Joe says:

WHEN???

dlongb13 says:

What is a "maintenance update".

Timm says:

I AM SO HAPPY I COULD JUST HUG MY DROID. 2.1!!! FLASH!!! What more could a man want?

hellboy2232 says:

Android 3.0. Lol.

p4trickh#IM says:

An open, stable and not resource intensive animation/drawing platform that actually got progressively better instead of worse.

Diablo says:

Sex.

Will says:

-y beast!

Anonymous says:

A woman

Anonymous says:

Then quit surfing the web for info about your phone and go out and socialize like a normal human being.

Anonymous says:

with the upgrade they should give you the option to drop motoblur because it is redundant to have the same capabilities on the os and the secondary os(motoblur)

HappyDroider says:

Nexus one and T Mobile.... I don't get it.

Droid101 says:

Follow the Money, it will always take you there - T-Mo may not have the best US coverage but their US system is more like the 3G in the rest of the world therefore Google was going for the quickest path to the biggest possible world wide release, not the best US release posible.

hookster43 says:

Are we getting 4G soon, I heard a rumor???

Anonymous says:

The guy at verizon told me they might have it in a few months.

It was just a matter of time. =)

vwinn says:

My roommate has the Nexus, but I love my Droid especially now that we're getting 2.1 and flash

Anonymous says:

haha, i was thinkin the same thing...

Manny83 says:

I am so excited! I'm getting my Droid on Saturday! Hooray! Farmville on a Droid, imagine that! LOL

p4trickh#IM says:

Farmville? On a phone? I dunno, that seems to be asking a lot. Even from the Droid. I don't play it much myself, but all my friends with modern PC's and Mac's that play it complain that sometimes they have to close other applications and windows just so the computer isn't completely bogged down from Farmville. I guess we will have to wait and see.

Manny83 says:

I've played it using Skyfire on my Samsung i760 WM 6.1 phone. It's slow but not terrible. Since the Droid is generations ahead and Flash would be optimized, then I figured it's probably going to be a bit faster. I don't think it's asking too much since it's already doable on my old phone. Would be nice to get that Farmville fix on the go on my Droid, lol.

Mark-AZ says:

Skyfire uses server side rendering and passes screen scrapes through to the client. The speed of your handset is not affecting the speed of flash games/apps in skyfire.

Flash 10.1 uses client side processing so not really comparable.

Manny83 says:

Thanks, I didn't know that.

It will be interesting to see how fast it will be on the Droid.

Anonymous says:

when will it come to the CLIQ

Adiliyo says:

i hope you're not talking about flash...i could see those series of processors crumble under the load

Manny83 says:

I'm hoping that optimized means that it runs at least close to full speed. I don't expect it to work as good as good as on a computer.

If you've ever tried Skyfire on Windows Mobile you see how slow it runs Flash. Well, I would be happy if it ran even just a little bit faster than that.

I wonder how they will handle clicking and dragging inside a Flash game. Multitouch would have come in handy for Flash interactions (i.e., drag the Flash input pointer by using two fingers and use one finger to pan around the webpage).

But I do agree with you, it would really push the processor and GPU to their limits.

magma9495 says:

This made my night ^_^

I think this is amazing and I can't wait for the upgrades. I own a Motorola Droids and I love it, its by far the best phone I have ever owned. Keep me updated on when this becomes available.

KrazyRogue says:

That maintenance release update they mentioned has me a little worried that 2.1 will be coming after this MR and won't be coming this month as per rumors. Or maybe 2.1 is the maintenance release?!

Anonymous says:

I get 3G/all the time always have full bars

Anonymous says:

to everyone flash is not a good thing .... I loved android and had a sprint htc hero but have recently switched to an iPhone( don't eat me lol) and the reason being is that flash just slows down the browser sooooo much it took 3 minutes to load up a site that my iphone loads up in 40 seconds and I did speed test and everything ... Flash also consumes slot of CPU I know that the htc hero had flash lite but I believe that the full version will be even worst because it will be able to pull even more flash content... I'm going to see if I will get a droid or a nexus one right now ...

Question does verizons network stay on 3G all the time with pretty strong signal ?? Because I am on att in new York and I am happy to say that I have never seen edge in my life

Manny83 says:

Hopefully Flash can be turned off/on in the browser settings.

TJ23 says:

I imaging just as there is the ability to turn off javascript there will be one for flash.

KrazyRogue says:

Pretty much 3G everywhere I go. I'm in NYC btw. You should try it over here and see what happens. ;p

Anonymous says:

Dude I live in Washington, middle of nowhere and my Droid has 3G with full bars constantly. Plus Ive tethered it to my compy and have close to high speed internet using it as my modem ; )

Digital Jedi says:

Happy to see the Droid is getting 2.1 and flash. I love my Motorola Droid and really don't see that much of a difference between it and the Nexus One besides the processor and 2.1. And when the Droid gets 2.1 the differences will be even smaller.

Pembo says:

Hulu and Netflix!!!!

Anonymous says:

Flash 10 == Hulu on Droid!!!! WIN!!!

Manny83 says:

and free flash games around the web!

SharonW says:

I had no doubts about either. hehe Just glad they DID announce it at CES. I can hardly wait to see that update notifier.

destardi says:

yesterday wasn't a bad day for this Droid slave...The nexus one doesn't have a physical keyboard, and Droid is capable of everyting the N1 is capable of.

The N1 is one nice looking phone, and I like it, but no N1 envy here...luv my Droid.

Patrior4971 says:

I love my Droid, I primarily use it for work but it is fast replacing my netbook as my second computer. Nexus One seems like a good phone but I travel a lot and there is no network better than VZ for voice and data currently. Also Goodlink just came out with their client for Android phones to enable enterprise email capabilities on the Droid, similar to Blackberry.

Nathan says:

I was very disappointed with the Exchange integration in Android 2.0 -- luckily, the folks at NitroDesk have a great app that works seamlessly with Exchange.

I've tried Goodlink on other devices and really do prefer Touchdown. See: http://www.nitrodesk.com/dk_touchdownFeatures.aspx

Anonymous says:

Luckily no one cares about or uses exchange, nub. Get with the times. Gmail or gtfo.

Anonymous says:

Except the millions of people who use it for work, you're absolutely right. Duh.

Anonymous says:

/nod

And Touchdown is really good. I was without real exchange integration since buying the iphone 2 years ago... now with droid and touchdown, I get calendars, mail, contacts (as I did on iPhone) plus tasks and GAL integration.

It works fairly well - it's at least worth the US$20.

Merehuman says:

Get Companionlink. It works for me behind my corporate firewall that for years has prevented access to just about anything related to webmail.

Anonymous says:

then do you know Christian Louboutin shoes, i like it very much ,and the Louis Vuitton bag is also popular around us.

Cass says:

Scram.Before I tell the feds your advertising counterfeit merchandise!

was there ever any doubt that 2.1 would come to the Droid?

I mean, it's Verizon's flagship device

fobrob102#AC says:

when should we be seeing the update notifier? tomorrow!!?!?!?! wasn't sad or anything about nexusone, because I personally prefer my droid. but this just made my night :D

Anonymous says:

Why does such an important announcement only get an 11 line story barely three paragraphs on Android Central? With no details other than "Motorola announced". Like exactly where and when was the announcement made and by who? Was it just a press release or a live announcement at CES?
Unacceptable journalism. PreCentral would have been ALL OVER this story. AndroidCentral is pathetic by comparison.

They got it off of Twitter. Mathew Miller's twitter, that's what the little source link at the bottom is for. Why does it matter exactly where and when the announcement was made? I don't care if it was at 6:32PM local time in the west assembly room of the Las Vegas Convention center and I don't see why it matters. If PreCentral cited their sources as obviously as Android Central then maybe you'd realize where they got it from.

CapnPIMP says:

GREAT SUCCESS!!! Have a good one blackberry & WinMO. Its amazing how fast android has infected the mobile world. WOW.

Sooks says:

Hey fobrob , go suck on the tit of pre some where else dude , ur bs comments arn't welcome , if you dont like what they write then leave , simple as that .... and if u watched the blog or read it , it says when , kthxbai -sooks-

fobrob102#AC says:

so i can make sure you see this - hey Sooks, your an asshole. i didn't write that mother f*cker. if you learned how to f*cking read it was submitted by "Anonymous." Go bufu your dad and sooks off your grandpa. kthxbai. have a nice day. fa**et

fobrob102#AC says:

hey Sooks, your an asshole. i didn't write that mother f*cker. if you learned how to f*cking read it was submitted by "Anonymous." Go bufu your dad and eat a fat one. have a nice day

Anonymous says:

Fail. Doublepost lulz

Bridgette says:

I honestly believe that Google needs to take a stand and tell phone makers that they cannot release a phone unless it is running the newest software. I think that this will stop fragmentation. The only reason I didn't get the Droid Eris is because I found it that it's running 1.5! I understand that it is going to be updated but I always need the newest software. Even though I got the Droid two days of the release date, I believe that I will be purchasing the Nexus One when it comes to Verizon in the Spring.

Dorjepismo says:

Verizon has done very well financially by moving away from locking everything down and toward more system openness with the Droid, so it has a big incentive to keep the upgrades coming. Geek cred can pay. It also did something really good by paying George Lucas for the name. I understand Google might have a legal problem with "Nexus One" because someone wasn't careful enough to do the same with the A.B. Dick estate.

Anonymous says:

The Dick estate doesn't own the word "Nexus."

steve says:

Actually I think it has more to do with using Nexus(n) in concert with the word android. Link to the story on mashable: http://mashable.com/2010/01/06/nexus-one-phillip-k-dick/

Link says:

I think you mean P.K. Dick. You're getting your Dicks mixed up. Ha.

Anonymous says:

Hulu still wont be availavable though. Its only allowed through computers

Anonymous says:

I had the sch i760 and watched hulu with no problem.

Anonymous says:

He's right, it won't work because they block moble devices.

Anonymous says:

Doesn't dolphin browser allow you to change what browser you reportedly use to the server? This should allow it to bypass it if that's the case.

MDicnMan says:

Yes, this is good news, but is there a source for this info? I hate getting my hopes up.

Cass says:

Awesome news.Swype, 2.1,and flash 10 =major win :-)

dad says:

Whats about the Milestone? It seems to me, that everybody of these american companies only see the droid and forget that we have not the droid but the milestone in europe.

Anonymous says:

Europe's imaginary, and as such, no ones cares.

Regards,
Uncaring American

Anonymous says:

You made my day uncaring American.

Dave says:

Don't forget it was about four months ago when HTC said that the Hero will be getting 2.1 'soon' and we're still waiting while the prance around trying to release another 10 new phones this year.

And Sony just said that the X10 will be getting it too.

Feels to me like these companies just say these things to keep people happy in the short term. Will believe it when I see it.

It takes much longer for the custom UI devices though, they have to go back in an recode everything and reskin it all which is why it's taking so long. It probably will take just as long for the Cliq but the Droid is standard Android and their flagship device for now so I don't see it taking as long.

flashgames says:

I think the droid will become the iphone beater in 2010..... but who knows what apple have up their sleeves !

Droid_Freak says:

2 words: BAD ASS!

Anonymous says:

This website sucks. It was reported way before the droid came out on many other android blogs that the Droid was getting flash 10.1. Crackberry.com = good. androidcentral = 3 days late, completely missing some news, a site that just copies a lot of its stuff from BGR, ...=bad

Jason J says:

This means we are going to be able to watch Hulu witht he flash update! All our fav tv shows :) Hey does anyone have any information when 2.1 will officialy be available to the public. there are a lot of hacks but none i would go dl

tincan says:

Great news!!! if you want a sneak peek, I've already downloaded the 2.1 photo gallery to my DROID (link below). it's way, WAY better than 2.0's gallery. it seems to be fully functional in 2.0, too.

http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives/2009/12/android_21_gallery_app_for_...

Tom Mariner says:

Folks, the root of the entire iPhone, Droid, Nexus One revolution is that you can expect regular upgrades and bug fixes. I had the Motorola Q (and loved it) but when you upgraded it was so stupid that it wiped out every bit of memory. And the programs (won't even call them "apps") had to be added by flash card or by transfer from a PC.

I would love a new phone or app or OS upgrade every week -- welcome to the new world. Now if the Nexus One model could only break the contract stuff of the carriers so reasonable pricing and terms could be arranged, it would really be a revolution.

utdroid says:

The DROID is freaking awesome! Evenmore so with this newest update. Stock android 2.0 and now 2.1 with out any custom UI (motoblur, HTC sense etc)or home replacement is awesome! google is doing an amazing job with Android.

Anonymous says:

Droid Does

Sarreq Teryx says:

a "when" would be nice

Erm, I'm still within my 30 day return date on my Droid, and the only phrase that comes to mind is not from Verizon or Motorola, but instead Nike: "JUST DO IT".

Anonymous says:

This article is useless. I bought the Droid a month ago in anticipaqtion of flash and Android upgrades. When will we get our upgrades? Thatg is the only question that needs considered when posting an article about this stuff.

N1is better says:

I'm taking my moto Droid back today and waiting till the spring for Verizons N1

Anonymous says:

You know what the AT&T sales rep told the man that was looking at the Iphones?

These's aren't the droids you're looking for!

Anonymous says:

HULU ON DROID

Anonymous says:

animated gif support?

Garm says:

Does anyone know when this update is going to be pushed? I am a Moto Droid addict (who may need counseling) and I can't wait for the Flash support. Finally I can Hulu!.

And there are 2 very distinct differences between the droid and the nexus: While droid does have the keyboard the nexus has almost twice the processing power. That 1Ghz snapdragon processor runs almost as fast as the Moto Droid and the IPhone 3gs combined. That processor is going to smoke my Droid's :( But despite that I don't think I want to trade to a touch screen keyboard *shudder*

Dan says:

definitely need that physical keyboard

Anonymous says:

IM SO HAPPY IM TEARING UP :D

Anonymous says:

Droidddd,,hahhaha,,the Android SDK 2.1 is official out......

http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010/01/android-21-sdk.html

Anonymous says:

That's ridiculous.

k.shine says:

Attention all Droid owners. I have started a Droid campaign on Facebook please come join..and to make sure there are no false Droid owners I ask that you take a picture of your receipt and the phone before being accepted. Thanks

Anonymous says:

...no -- I mean /that's/ ridiculous! (Stupid "reply" button.) ;)

english plz says:

we live in america....what r u trying to say.....cliq rules??

Cliq Sucks.....i had it but traded it in for the NEXUS 1

so happy with the result of the Nexus 1

Anonymous says:

I love cliq suck it droid cliq rules you motoblur for win will eat all yoru phones, Cliq owners declare, all your droids are belong to us!

Anonymous says:

1) Learn English.
2) Unnecessary revisions of Android ARE NOT better than the stock code.
3) You suck.

Anonymous says:

i actually disagree i have a cliq and i would rather have a droid or nexus one

english plz says:

??????????????????

MalKiE says:

I bought my Droid on drop date with no knowledge of impending os upgrade or flash add. even without them it is far and away the best smartphone I have ever owned. I've had samsungs sch-i600, xv 6700, xv 6800, & xv 6850... all of which sucked. I'm looking forward to verizons music and tv services to be made available to the droid and maybe its the next MR after upgrade. I'm a bit miffed tho about the way google handled droid drop knowing the blade runner phone was looming so near... and where tf is multitouch... google seems insensitive and flippant regarding this. LONG LIVE THE DROID!

Anonymous says:

Did the upgrade come out yet? And if so, how do you get it?

Marcos says:

my guess is that the update will come out on the cliq when the backflip is released some time in early march. and it will probably come out a little earlier for the droid and the milestone since theyre running vanilla. my estimate for the droid 2.1 update will be around late january and early febuary.

Anonymous says:

sweet thanks

tcclives23 says:

Actually the rumor right now is that 2.1 is coming out the 22nd! Keep your fingers crossed :)

Anonymous says:

i am anxiously waiting for this 2.1 update. I actually have taken my phone back to the Verizon store a few times because i feel that the phone is buggy. it freezes and sometime will not allow me to call out on occasion and it delays messages and voice mails, not to mention the fact that i had them do a hard reset and they still blame all of my issues on the Google OS which i don't believe. I call out and i can hear the person i am calling but they don't hear me and the opposite as well. I honestly just want the update to come so i can get a new DROID and if not maybe my phone will work properly after the update.

Have a Cliq says:

in the beginning..i thought u were talking about the cliq....lol

Anonymous says:

to the guy above me...i think i know your problem my phone did that too...cause of my headphones. if i pull my headphone jack out of my phone while a song is still playing, i hear no sound from the phones speaker be it from music, games or even phone calls unless i put the headphones back in or restart my phone

jon says:

Ok this is awesome news, I just wish you could let go of the big secrete and tell everyone when it comes out. Lol I don't want to sit up all night waitin for my pgone to tell me its updateing. By the way, I'm a cliq, so fucking awesome and I say better than droid.

Anonymous says:

When the hell is this comming out
Ps droids rule the world

Have a Cliq says:

battery life is different.....android 2.1 has so much goody. If you have the data plan...you will be pleased whit what you get. i mean there are widgets that help battery life but i don't think that will help the battery life.

HOP THIS HELPS

dan says:

Will android 2.1 help the cliq's battery life in anyway.?

they will not come out with the update for like another 2 mount.....sell the phone so another loser will get it.....then get the nexus 1 or something like the....u will be happy ;)

Learn to form proper English sentences, then get back to us.

R Diz says:

I'm new to droid and I have been very pleased so far. Ok I'm obsessed already! My question is how does it update? Do they just send it to your phone and you execute the update?

joe says:

Yes all you have to do is ok the update. Did you already get the 1st one, with the improved touch response, improved bluetooth connection and battery life? If not just go to about phone, system updates and click check for updates.

Anonymous says:

Ok, the 22nd came and went. Any idea's when 2.1 is going to be released for the droid, and then when is Flas 10.1 going to be released

Anonymous says:

Looking forward to 2.1. Droid is totally awesome phone. best i ever had. when should we expect to see 2.1?

I know everyone has allready asked "WHEN" is the 2.1 update for the Verizon Motorola Droid going to be released. And although Im not expecting anyone to know an exact date.

Does anyone know if it is going to coincide with verizon's release of the Nexus One ? Or will the Droid get the 2.1 Update much sooner than Verizon is expected to Release the Nexus One ? Or do you think the Nexus One will be released by Verizon much sooner than the 2.1 Update will be available for the Droid ???

I Really think this is something ALOT of people would be interested in Knowing - Because "LIKE ME" I think alot of people are weighing their options of Purchasing a Motorola Droid (RIGHT NOW) and waiting for the 2.1 Update through Verizon - OR Just waiting for the Nexus One to be released by Verizon to purchase IT...

Any ideas?

Anonymous says:

by god if someone from google is reading this give us a release date!!! my opinion of the droid is fading everyday i dont get 2.1 all the while the nexus one gets better and better.

Anonymous says:

WHEN?! i am tired of unrealized prophecies being touted by bloggers who think they know it all... i want android 2.1 and i want it now, rooted, with wifi tethering and flash and a built in microwave oven!

learwbc says:

HERE-HERE! I Second that motion.

Anonymous says:

Thanks for reaching out to Motorola. I’ve reviewed your e-mail and I’m ready to help.

Regarding your concern, at this moment we cannot confirm when an upgrade will be available. However the phone is ready to receive software upgrades to the Google Android OS, therefore upgrades are being planned, but we don't have a release schedule, or confirmation up to which Android version it's going to upgrade.

We hope that you find this information useful and look forward to assisting you in the future.

For information about Motorola products and services, please visit us at http://www.hellomoto.com/

Thank you for contacting Motorola e-mail support.

Best Regards,

Anonymous says:

This email looks suspicious to me. Certainly not professionally written. Looks like someone is trying to have a little fun out here with everyone.

Anonymous says:

I contacted T-Mobile today (2/10/2010) and they indicated that the Cliq will NOT be getting an Android 2.1 update. I called a few T-Mobile stores to confirms and half said it was and half said it wasn't. The ones that said it wasn't said they can't update the Cliq do to an equipment problem (specifically, the indicated a lack of a dual core processor or someother hardware issue). Is anyone else getting similar info?

Sigh says:

Idiots, the nexus one anals the droid in every possible way, the iphone? you went from a hero to an iphone? you are 1 dumb kid, the dumbest i've ever seen to be exact? 40 seconds to load a page on an iphone? LMAO my nexus one loads full pages like facebook among all the apps and comments within 3 seconds tops. HSPDA = above 3G with tmobile always 4 bars, tested an iphone 3g with at&t with the app called "SPEEDTEST" and he got 99kbits per second, I got 1,740kibs per second (1.7MBITS)with my rooted nexus one which owns anything out at the moment, the only competition it has is HTC EVO 4G which will come out for sprint "LOCKED" android 2.1 with 2 cameras for live chat and 720P HD recording capabilities. Nothing else comes close to the nexus one, not even the HD2. Thanks for your attention, I speak with facts, you speak with blind ignorance fanboish non sense. Thx

eorourke says:

News on the 2.1 update for Motorola Droid can be found here:
http://eugeneorourke.com/blog/android-2-1-now-available-for-moto-droid/

Klazzik says:

If by 2.1 w/ flash you mean still having that annoying little blue box in the place of the desired pic. then u're absolutly correct 2.1 has it...But silly me I kindda figured on 2.1 w/ Flash actually moving pics around and having audio. does anybody know an app or anything that will play non-Utube Video & audio...Video comes in great but No Audio when streaming from site...Other than that I'm good w/ the phone.

yezhoulife says:

does anybody know that an app or anything that will play non-Utube Video & audio... mbt shoes

When and if Droid goes flash enabled you may want to check out musicfordroid.com -droid does