Motorola's move to push Android 2.1 out to its popular Motorola Droid smartphones has been delayed by more than a week, prompting an angry backlash from users expecting new feaures. The company said via its Facebook Page March 25 the rollout is taking longer than expected. Meanwhile, the Google Nexus One, rumored to roll out from Verizon Wireless at the CTIA Wireless 2010 show March 23, is still not on Verizon. A spokesperson said it's not happening...yet.
Motorola's move to push Android 2.1 out to its popular
Droid smartphones has been delayed, the company said via its Facebook
to begin upgrading the
Droids from Android 2.0 to the latest version of Google's Android
mobile operating system March 18, offering users pinch-to-zoom
multitouch, voice-to-text entry and other features.
A Motorola spokesperson told eWEEK the upgrade would be
deployed to a small
number of Verizon Wireless test users that day, with a broader rollout
Droid users coming shortly thereafter.
More than a week has passed and still no upgrades, much
to the dismay of users hoping for a better Android user experience.
posted this message on its
"We know you guys are anxiously awaiting the upgrade
from 2.0 to 2.1. Ultimately, we want to ensure you have the best
experience on your device; as a result, the rollout is taking longer
expected. Though we don't have the new deployment date to share just
yet, we do
promise we are working to get you updated information and will relay it
as possible. Thanks for your patience. We appreciate it!"
Patience does not seem to be a part of the equation,
according to the comments
on Motorola's Facebook Page. Dejection and outrage are the norm
among nearly 400 comments.
Joshua Weissman wrote: "yeah best possible
experience I think its too late after the three dates promised and then
from you. You should just be concerned about getting it out by the end
Q1 (Another time frame you promised) ends march 31."
Ken Schweda added: "Seriously how much time is
needed? Come on Verizon and Motorola. if Milestone can upgrade surely
get Droid t to also. This really should have done months ago. How many
have we hear this? My question is do really think this has been handled
either company. We have five lines and two droids. We have been with
since 2003. I expect more and have been very disappointed."
Barry Wood offered some balance on behalf of the
companies: "Lovin' my DROID! The update will be released when moto and
are sure that it works 100%, y'all be patient!"
Chris Giles agreed: "what i dont understand is you
all bought your phones knowing what it was running and until they said
were going to upgrade them at some point you all bitch that you need the
upgrade now or your selling your phone."
Angry Droid users began alerting eWEEK to Motorola's
failure to launch 2.1 late in the day March 18. One anonymous
to eWEEK: "lies, all lies, still no update.
broken software, ignorant verizon support, no help for issues, at least 3
releases from motorizon."
Late software upgrades are quite common in the wireless
world. While they are treated with a healthy dose of scorn and
doesn't compare to a failed rumor that a carrier is supporting a favored
The blog Neowin cited
an anonymous Google employee who claimed Verizon Wireless will begin
offering Google's Nexus One smartphone on March 23, timed for the CTIA
2010 show. This rumor was buoyed by the fact that the Nexus One passed
inspection for use on Verizon's CDMA network.
At least five Android smartphones were released
Las Vegas show, though none of them came from Verizon, which is expected
offer the Nexus One this spring.
eWEEK asked when the carrier would have an
"update" on the Nexus One situation. Remember, the March 23 date was an
unconfirmed rumor. A Verizon spokesperson replied: "Update? We've never
said we were selling the Nexus One. Nothing has changed."
A reader correctly pointed out that Google is still touting the Nexus One on Verizon here
Meanwhile, HTC CEO Peter Chou proclaimed the Nexus One,
which has only sold about 150,000 units since its Jan. 5 launch, a
the Nexus One will improve HTC's other Android phones:
"We can quickly leverage that credit to show that we
are the top Android brand."
He also said Google is happy with the
recalling arguments that Google isn't trying to sell more devices than
iPhone, but to get enough mobile market share for its search and