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Motorola Droid & Cliq Getting Android 2.1, Droid to Get Flash 10

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]

134 Comments
  • In a world that doesn't DROID does!!!
  • 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?
  • It only took 2 months from you post for Verizon to push the 2.1 out little late is better than none at all.
  • 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.
  • WHEN???
  • What is a "maintenance update".
  • I AM SO HAPPY I COULD JUST HUG MY DROID. 2.1!!! FLASH!!! What more could a man want?
  • Android 3.0. Lol.
  • An open, stable and not resource intensive animation/drawing platform that actually got progressively better instead of worse.
  • Sex.
  • -y beast!
  • A woman
  • Then quit surfing the web for info about your phone and go out and socialize like a normal human being.
  • 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)
  • Nexus one and T Mobile.... I don't get it.
  • 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.
  • Are we getting 4G soon, I heard a rumor???
  • The guy at verizon told me they might have it in a few months.
  • It was just a matter of time. =)
  • My roommate has the Nexus, but I love my Droid especially now that we're getting 2.1 and flash
  • haha, i was thinkin the same thing...
  • I am so excited! I'm getting my Droid on Saturday! Hooray! Farmville on a Droid, imagine that! LOL
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thanks, I didn't know that. It will be interesting to see how fast it will be on the Droid.
  • when will it come to the CLIQ
  • i hope you're not talking about flash...i could see those series of processors crumble under the load
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?!
  • I get 3G/all the time always have full bars
  • 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
  • Hopefully Flash can be turned off/on in the browser settings.
  • I imaging just as there is the ability to turn off javascript there will be one for flash.
  • Pretty much 3G everywhere I go. I'm in NYC btw. You should try it over here and see what happens. ;p
  • 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 ; )
  • 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.
  • Hulu and Netflix!!!!
  • Flash 10 == Hulu on Droid!!!! WIN!!!
  • and free flash games around the web!
  • I had no doubts about either. hehe Just glad they DID announce it at CES. I can hardly wait to see that update notifier.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Luckily no one cares about or uses exchange, nub. Get with the times. Gmail or gtfo.
  • Except the millions of people who use it for work, you're absolutely right. Duh.
  • /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.
  • Get Companionlink. It works for me behind my corporate firewall that for years has prevented access to just about anything related to webmail.
  • then do you know Christian Louboutin shoes, i like it very much ,and the Louis Vuitton bag is also popular around us.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • GREAT SUCCESS!!! Have a good one blackberry & WinMO. Its amazing how fast android has infected the mobile world. WOW.
  • 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-
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fail. Doublepost lulz
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Dick estate doesn't own the word "Nexus."
  • 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/
  • I think you mean P.K. Dick. You're getting your Dicks mixed up. Ha.
  • Hulu still wont be availavable though. Its only allowed through computers
  • I had the sch i760 and watched hulu with no problem.
  • He's right, it won't work because they block moble devices.
  • 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.
  • Yes, this is good news, but is there a source for this info? I hate getting my hopes up.
  • Awesome news.Swype, 2.1,and flash 10 =major win :-)
  • 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.
  • Europe's imaginary, and as such, no ones cares. Regards,
    Uncaring American
  • You made my day uncaring American.
  • 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.
  • I think the droid will become the iphone beater in 2010..... but who knows what apple have up their sleeves !
  • 2 words: BAD ASS!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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_...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Droid Does
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • I'm taking my moto Droid back today and waiting till the spring for Verizons N1
  • 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!
  • HULU ON DROID
  • animated gif support?
  • 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*
  • definitely need that physical keyboard
  • IM SO HAPPY IM TEARING UP :D
  • Droidddd,,hahhaha,,the Android SDK 2.1 is official out...... http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010/01/android-21-sdk.html
  • That's ridiculous.
  • 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
  • ...no -- I mean /that's/ ridiculous! (Stupid "reply" button.) ;)
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 1) Learn English.
    2) Unnecessary revisions of Android ARE NOT better than the stock code.
    3) You suck.
  • i actually disagree i have a cliq and i would rather have a droid or nexus one
  • ??????????????????
  • 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!
  • Did the upgrade come out yet? And if so, how do you get it?
  • 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.
  • sweet thanks
  • Actually the rumor right now is that 2.1 is coming out the 22nd! Keep your fingers crossed :)
  • 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.
  • in the beginning..i thought u were talking about the cliq....lol
  • 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
  • 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.
  • When the hell is this comming out
    Ps droids rule the world
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • HERE-HERE! I Second that motion.
  • 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,
  • This email looks suspicious to me. Certainly not professionally written. Looks like someone is trying to have a little fun out here with everyone.
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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/
  • 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.
  • 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