HTC Droid Eris

Official word has come from Verizon that the Droid Eris will not be receiving an update to Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). Considering the device already hit end-of-life, this shouldn't really surprise anyone. Luckily for you, the determined Eris user, there are ways to get Froyo onto your phone. Who needs official software these days, anyways? [ComputerWorld via IntoMobile]

 
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judasmachine says:

Not surprising at all. My g/f's Eris (formerly mine) is running tazz froyo. And all is well.

Se7enth Sinn says:

I don't have an Eris but it's been out for less than a year and the people who got one is stuck with a 2 year contract. How is this fair to them, how is a phone that's less than a year old at end-of-life?

homewmt says:

I've had my Eris for about 6-7 months and I am stuck on a 2 year contract, But I rooted my phone a while I ago, and I have come to rely on the great android community. In my opinion that is one of the best things about getting an android phone.

That is totally not fair to the people who have this phone. No reason for it. Typical Verizon bullshit. I'm so glad I left them.

BoNg420 says:

WTF you think other phone companies continue supplying updates to phones. Most likely any phone will not get updates for more then a year after release. This ain't no lame ass iPhone, where they only have only a few phones where they can continue to constantly update them. There are all kind of android phones, many different brands of android phones, etc. Do you think they have the manpower to update every phone?

oOoBoNgOoO That really isn't a valid argument. I could argue that if carriers like Samsung or Motorola (my two preferred brands) made a smaller amount of Android specific phones they could feasibly update them in a timely manner AND support them for longer periods of time. That may, in essence, increase the quality of the product and the overall customer satisfaction.

Maybe Apple is onto something with this whole, support their users thing. Crazy.

You just have to root it and put on a custom rom

lmao... This is the new age of technology. Stop bitching about it not getting froyo. Is something wrong with Eclair??? Is it broken??? NO... Ya'll are wayyyy too spoiled with Google's Ridiculous update pace...

Enjoy your phone. If it's broken replace it... if you don't care for it anymore.... buy another one... switch carriers do something... other than bitch about it... if you can't afford any of the above? It doesn't matter because verizon is too busy selling their high end phones to care... They don't care

lmao... This is the new age of technology. Stop bitching about it not getting froyo. Is something wrong with Eclair??? Is it broken??? NO... Ya'll are wayyyy too spoiled with Google's Ridiculous update pace...

Enjoy your phone. If it's broken replace it... if you don't care for it anymore.... buy another one... switch carriers do something... other than bitch about it... if you can't afford any of the above? It doesn't matter because verizon is too busy selling their high end phones to care... They don't care

likwidsoul says:

This kind of sucks for those with the Eris simply because the jit that froyo uses would help the phone out a lot. And no there is nothing wrong with eclair but why withhold software from a phone that would benefit from it.

rcorry says:

HTC had already announced no official update to Froyo for the Hero line, including Sprint's CDMA version which is hardware wise nearly identical to the Eris......this should have not been a surprise at all. I was surprised that the first generation Droid actually got Froyo! - It only has 256MB RAM and the same 512MB of ROM, but then the DROID doesn't have Sense sitting on top of Android. HTC's Sense looks great and adds some cool features, however it also adds a good 40MB girth to the OS.

Shame is that many Eris/Hero owners have no clue on how to root their phone and flash Cyanogen or Tazz onto their phones. My Hero is fantastic with Cyanogen on it. (Maybe HTC, Samsung or Sprint should offer Darch a job).

deaofly says:

I think the only 2 reason to really want froyo is 1. The way 2.2 handles apps so no need for a task killer. 2. Updated Flash. I have to say I'm just LOVING the new Flash update, i got the update that ends with .10. Even tho they said it has some sort of problem and Adobe is releasing a new update soon but my Evo has better running way better browsing online and watching videos with the new Flash updates. But if you want a froyo enabled phone people should just upgrade.

dannychaos says:

I love Verizon but they seriously don't give the Droid Eris the chance it deserves. I've had my Eris since December and I loved it until I put leaked versions of 2.1 on my phone. Now I've had my phone rooted for 2 months now and I see how much potential this phone really has if Verizon only tried. I think most Eris owners are the true fans of this phone anyway. If you own an Eris and you're using it stock, you should root.

I flashed my Eris with KaosFroyo and junked that HTC crap. My phone is by far 2x faster and I have more room on the ROM and Ram. Batt life now I can go from 7 in the morn to about 8 or 9 at night before having to charge it.

Why would anyone stay at 2.0 OTA it sucks and on top of that most apps are being built around Froyo.

I'm trying to convince my sister who is on the sprint network to flash her Hero.

This phone never got the credit it deserved and Verizon if your reading this its very unprofessional to leave your existing customers hanging on on known broken build.

fliptwister says:

I agree with bigred. Root and custom rom. My wife has an Eris with stock 2.1 and really did not like it much. She had issues with how responsive it was. I rooted her phone with the one click app and loaded a custom rom. She is loving her phone now. There are some great roms out there for the Eris (including several Froyo roms).

livewiremaxx says:

Sure glad I now know how to root and load up my own but ya this is not cool - to not update for those that dont know how to do this, stuck in a 2 yr contract and saying this phone is at end of life.

If your going to say end of life, then VZ should then be offering up early upgrades to a phone that is still alive

rufflez says:

adobe isn't supporting this processor, so no flash anyway.

DaRkL3AD3R says:

See this is what worries me, about my Droid X. EOL is already slated for less than 7 months after release (March 2011) and what happens then? My ultra high-end top of the line phone is going to be cut off from updates that quick? Less than a YEAR!?

Unlike the HTC phones, my Droid X is on lock down and won't let me load custom kernels. This means even if I wanted to, I COULDN'T update my phone beyond OEM limits. Motorola put a hard lock down on these to control their market, forcing you to upgrade to the next best thing just because its running a newer version of Android that the Droid X never will, when it very easily could.

Screw corporations.

thisisbenji says:

I hope that when the Droid X is at EOL motorola will let us mess with it to keep it up to date, but I know that's not going to happen.