Users of the Motorola Droid are getting impatient with the repeated delays of a long-overdue update to their phone. The Android 2.1 operating system has been on the market for a few months now, most notably on the Google Nexus One, but Droid owners are left to wait. Well, impatient with waiting, they are taking to Motorola’s Facebook page to vent their anger. Enterprise Mobile Today reports on the growing uprising.
The delayed Android 2.1 update for the Motorola Droid is starting to tarnish the successful launch of Verizon’s first smartphone to run on Google’s open source mobile operating system, according to posts at Motorola’s Facebook page.
Backed by a big-budget marketing campaign by carrier Verizon, the Motorola Droid generated a lot of buzz when it went on sale in November: it was the first Android handset on Verizon, the first device to ship with Google’s free, turn-by-turn mobile navigation app Google Maps and, ironically, was the first out of the gate to feature Android version 2.0.
Given the fanfare leading up to the launch, it’s not surprising that the Droid is one of the most popular Android phones on the market, shipping more than one million units in its first 74 days of availability, according to the mobile market research firm Flurry, which also credits the Droid with increasing developer interest in Android mobile applications.
However, the shine of the Droid is starting to dim as owners eagerly await for the OS update to version 2.1. In December, a patch to version 2.0.1 was issued over the air to subscribers, offering a number of fixes and improvements. Droid owners have been expecting the 2.1 release, which has been available on the Google-branded Nexus One phone since January.