After months of waiting for official word, HTC and Verizon Wireless today confirmed to PhoneNews.com that the Droid Eris will not be updated to Android 2.2, code-named Froyo.
The Droid Eris launched the same day as the Motorola Droid, which was updated to Android 2.2. Verizon has since updated all other Droid devices to Android 2.2, leaving customers questioning if the company would also upgrade the Droid Eris. The Droid Eris’s generic counterpart, the HTC Hero, was not upgraded to Android 2.2 on Sprint and other carriers.
However, the GSM/UMTS variant of the Hero, the HTC Magic, will see an upgrade to Android 2.2. HTC and T-Mobile have confirmed that the myTouch 3G will be upgraded to Android 2.2 later this year.
T-Mobile has the highest consistency in updating their Android phones, of all carriers in the United States. The only device cut short by T-Mobile thus far has been the T-Mobile G1. Google engineers have inferred that the T-Mobile G1 could have been upgraded to Android 2.1. Sprint and Verizon have each cut short two devices (Hero and Moment on Sprint, Devour and Droid Eris on Verizon) from capable Android upgrades. Meanwhile, AT&T has only recently begun launching (neutered, hindered, anti-competitive) Android devices.