Android 2.2.1 update for Motorola DROID rolling out now, DROID X delayed?

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The latest Android 2.2.1 update for the original Motorola DROID is rolling out now, according to reports from users that have received the update. This update is presumably the last Android 2.2 Froyo version that will hit the original DROID. The next update should bring Gingerbread, Android 2.3, to the handset sometime in the future.

The DROID X update was supposed to be pushed out at midnight but the update may have been pulled. A report suggests the update may have been pulled for failed installation, post-update 3G connectivity problems, and problems with downloading the content for the new Madden NFL game. This information about a is based upon hearsay and the fact that only a few people report receiving the update, so take it with a grain of salt. If you do receive the DROID X update, hit us up in the comments.

Android 2.2.1 for the Verizon handsets is a mixed bag for DROID owners as it includes improved performance and stability, updated Visual Voice Mail, and improved support for Microsoft Exchange, corporate email sync and push stop. This Android 2.2.1 version also includes a preloaded version of Madden NFL. Unlike Need For Speed, which was bundled on the DROID X at launch and removable, this version of Madden cannot be uninstall. As expected, it is a trial version that costs $9.99 to upgrade.

While some Android users could care less about the permanent presence of Madden on their handsets, it is like to cause a stir amongst most users. Most people, myself included, do not want bloat ware forced upon them by a carrier or manufacturer. Thanks to a dedicated developer community, tech savvy Android owners have a backdoor though rooting that will let them remove this software package. The changelog for this update is included on the second page.

[Via Verizon Wireless and Droid-Life]

  • i agree, i recently dumped verizon wireless and got tmobile, but sad to say they all have bloatware on their phones that you cannot remove, verizon had way more than tmobile does but i just dont understand that if these are trial or demo’s why cant i not uninstall them off my phone if i choose to not want them.

  • I have a rooted Droid X, and my experience was that I checked for an update around 12:30 AM PST and there was an update. The update was downloaded and rebooted, but failed to install. So I figure, try again, same problem. I thought, then, that it must be a rooted device problem. I check for an update in the morning before heading to work (because that’s where I did the root) and same song different verse.

    Get to work, unroot my phone. Reboot, check for update, and now there is no update.

    My 2 cents.

  • Kathy

    If you had rechecked the Droid-Life post you linked to, you would have noticed that 1) the Droid X update was only supposed to go out to Motorola’s test network (people who sign up w/ Moto to test software releases on their phones) 2) Somehow, the update did get to people who were outside of the test group 3) the update was pulled, from the test group, due to some of the problems you mentioned, 4) it should roll out once these problems are ironed out, to the rest of Droid X users.

  • Pugsleysr56

    Got the update for my droid x this morning now my picture gallery does not work and I cannot attach pictures to my contacts. People at Verizon store do not know why.

  • Jen

    I was able to download the update this morning. The presentation of the picture gallery is a lot more sleak. When Madden in launched, it says additional data must be downloaded. After clicking download, it just hangs. Also, the display never shuts off while the phone is charging. Hopefully the ‘non test’ update will roll out shortly

  • Ziph7

    Got the Dx update. Works fine. Downloaded Madden. It sucks. Wish I could remove it.

  • Ziph7

    Need to add that I am not in the chosen group. I simply manually updated. Guess I ruined it for everyone. Whoops (lol)

    • Tmb690

      How do you manually update?

  • Nicksaavedra84

    My droid x dwnlded the new app last night…..

  • Stepho2112

    I got the 2.2.1 update this morning over the air. I don’t see anything different though. There is no Madden and my picture gallery looks the same as before.

    • Asdfd

      Same story: I don’t see anything new, except the Data widget which is useless as I have the unlimited plan. And it’s still just as clunky restoring my ‘home’ page after closing any app.

    • Sheikyrboote

      Yep. No Madden, there does seem to be a small change to the picture gallery and no data widget for me.

      I did notice, though, that after the update, I started having problems with space and had to delete some things. I wonder if it’s there and I just can’t see it.

      Not that I really care. I’m not interested in apps I won’t use and can’t unload.

  • Sashazur

    Have a rooted Droid w/2.2 FRG22D. Got the notice tonight about the 2.2.1 update, tried to install it, but got an error icon after downloading. Rebooted the phone and it’s fine (still on 2.2 rooted), but no way to try the update again; when I check in settings for “About Phone” it says that it’s up to date.

    1) Do I need to un-root before trying the update again, and if so how do I do that?
    2) How do I get the update notice to appear again?

  • Dmanley03743

    I got 2.2.1 update this mornig I to found no difference No Madden or no difference to Picture Gallery, What up.

  • Qqq

    Original Droid here. Received update while roaming! (In the mountains, lucky to get any signal).
    2.2.1 FRG83D .. No Madden.. no noticeable difference from before update.

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