The Verizon Droid Eris may actually have some life left in it. According to a leaked Verizon document, Droid Eris owners can expect an update, starting July 16th. Don’t expect Froyo, but expect some welcomed improvements.
The update will include the following:
- Improved audio: The audio controls on your device have been updated
- Enhanced speed dial : Save and add contacts to your speed-dial list with ease
- Improved text, video, and picture messaging functionality
- Your contacts now sync with Backup Assistant, Microsoft exchange ActiveSync, and Facebook.
- The weather app/widget has been enhanced and stabilized.
- Your device will now pair with a Jabra Bluetooth headset
- Your Gmail contacts will easily sync with your device.
Nothing revolutionary to be found in the update, but we’ll take it! It’s pretty nice to see that Verizon and HTC have yet to give up on the Eris just yet, as they don’t even sell the thing anymore. There are enough high-end Droid devices to choose from, and Verizon also has the Devour and LG Ally if you’re looking for a budget Android device. With the Droid Incredible sporting the Sense UI, the Eris just looks too old in comparison. Hell, even the Motorola Droid is looking pretty old nowadays.
As they have done previously, Verizon will be sending out the OTA update in batches, so don’t fret if you don’t receive the update on the 16th. These updates take some time to fully roll out, and unless you’re the kind to obsessively check for software updates, I wouldn’t lose too much sleep over this particular update. While not the most powerful of devices, the Droid Eris is still a sexy phone, and it didn’t even need Megan Fox to sell well. It’s the third most popular Android device on the market, thanks to Verizon, and it’s good to see that they still have it in mind. I know about 5 people with the Droid Eris, and none have complaints, and that’s saying a lot when referring to a low-end smartphone.