March 30, 2010 | by Chris Smith
I want to say that this is a true statement and not coming from the rumor mill. It appears that Engadget received and internal Verizon email stating that Android 2.1 (ESE81) will be coming to the DROID today:
Starting 03/30/2010, Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update for the DROID by Motorola. Users will be able to upgrade their software to version AP: ESE81/BP: C_01.3E.03P to receive new improvements and enhancements.
Mind you this was only rolled out to 1,000 users today with 9,000 more will receive the update message just before the stroke of midnight. If everything goes as planned the rest of the DROID users will receive their update starting Thursday. As a completely jaded DROID user, I’m not holding my breath.
The “improvements and enhancements” are old news now and you can see most of them here. Something to note is that this version of 2.1, ESE81, is different from the version ESE53 that was “leaked” about a month ago. Once again, I have installed and used ESE53 and I have to say that performance was good. Hopefully this iteration is even better.
Now, I can’t complete this post without an upset DROID user rant. I want to say that this crazy back-and-forth is Moto’s fault. I really do. But after the “leaked” ESE53 ROM that was stable and two early announcements of 2.1 being on it’s way soon, I have a slight suspicion that this is Verizon’s bad play. Verizon has been known for locking their devices down tight to “protect their network” and I would not be surprised if it was them pulling the plug all along. Verizon is coming from a mindset of hardly updating their devices if at all; having the new Android OS that is on an update binge is something that they are not entirely used to. Regardless of who’s fault it is Moto and Verizon need to get their act together and this update better deliver.
So, I hope to see the 2.1 update in the next couple of days. Maybe I’ll be one of the lucky 9,000 later tonight? If you get your update let us know how it is, ok?