Verizon giving Droid Eris its ‘so long’ update on July 16th

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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:

Enhancements

  • 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

Improvements

  • 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.

[Via: Droid-Life]

  • eugene

    The new MR4 update is being leaked across the Web, however most sites offer no instructions for users on installation procedures. If you’d rather install the update yourself, rather than waiting for the OTA, you can download the update file and receive simple installation instructions here: http://eugeneorourke.com/blog/how-to-manually-ins

  • Johann

    Post MR4 update how do I get Verizon's back up assistant to sync with my Droid Eris? I'm also getting a sync error where my Gmail contact won't sync with the phone… Help!

  • FrustratedErisOwner

    But WHY won't they provide Android 2.2 for the Eris. I bought mine only five months ago, and they're treating it like it's five years old. If I am allowed (at my expense) to upgrade a four year old PC to Windows 7, why is it that I have no such opportunity for the Eris. As far as I can tell, the hardware can handle it. I'd welcome the opportunity, if it existed, to bypass Verizon on this, if a legitimate option existed. For instance, if Google or HTC made available (perhaps even for a few dollars) a downloadable OS upgrade, Verizon wouldn't even have to be involved. If they didn't want me using their bandwidth, I could download it to a PC and copy it over via USB.
    The way Verizon's marketing is designed to quickly render as obsolete recent models by denying availability of upgrades wreaks of something the FTC should look into.

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