September 17, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Droid Eris owners will suffer the same fate as their Sprint HTC Hero kin; no Froyo for you.
ComputerWorld reports that Verizon has officially confirmed that Android 2.2 will not come to the Eris, the first HTC Android device that the carrier offered. After a long period of remaining silent on the issue and working on getting Froyo to its other devices (Droid, Droid Incredible, Droid X), Verizon has finally admitted that Android 2.1 is the end of the line for Eris updates.
“We have other options in Android devices, so this is part of the normal evolution of our portfolio,” Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney told ComputerWorld in an email.
So what are consumer’s options? For starters, they can try workarounds for key Froyo features like ChrometoPhone and Flash video. The Android app LinkPush mimics ChrometoPhone functionality, and browser alternative Skyfire can make some Flash video compatible on the Eris. However, there will not be a fix for the sizeable speed increases that come with Froyo’s Just-in-Time compiler (JIT).
For a more plentiful Froyo experience, users will have to root their phone and hope someone develops a working ROM that supports Android 2.2. I’ve seen AOSP or CyanogenMod ported ROM’s, but I’m not aware of any Sense 2.2 ROM’s for the Eris. Looks like people will have to be satisfied with Éclair or purchase a new phone capable of the update.