With all the Android 2.1 update rumors going around recently, it seems that Verizon thought the DROID Eris deserved a piece of the excitement. Verizon's support page for the DROID Eris shows that a software update (software revision ROM: 2.36.605.1/Radio: 2.42.00.04.12) to the device is "coming soon." What's more the update, which should be OTA according to Androinica, will also wipe your phone.
The support page itself does not explicitly mention Android 2.1, but if you look at the PDF file here, you will likely come to the conclusion that this update will indeed be Android 2.1. Features of the update will include pinch-to-zoom support, Google Maps Navigation, Leap thumbnail view, and new support for voice-to-text entry. Phandroid believes that the update may also include support for seven touch screens.
If you still have your hopes up that this could be the time you get 2.1, then take solace in AndroidCentral reminding its readers of how the DROID update progressed into 2.1, saying:
For those who watched the Droid 2.1 update unfold, you will remember we saw this prior to the release as well. It appears as though the new ROM version (2.36.605.1/Radio: 2.42.00.04.12) is in line with the latest leak that many of you are probably running. Timeframe on the release is still unknown, but this looks like some more concrete evidence that the Droid Eris will indeed see Android 2.1.
I'll believe this when I hear reports from people who have it in their hands, but just in case this does pan out, you were informed..
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