Verizon HTC Droid Eris will not get Froyo
It looks like this is the “no Froyo for you!” week. Yesterday we learned that Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 range and the Xperia X8 Android smartphones will probably not be updated to what is now the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 2.2 Froyo.
And today another device has become a victim of a manufacturer’s and/or a carrier’s lack of attention towards keeping it up-to-date with the latest software. It’s the HTC Droid Eris for Verizon. But this time, the confirmation that there won’t be any update comes straight from Verizon.
Brenda Raney, a spokesperson for Verizon, had this to say about their refusal to update the Eris to Google’s latest and greatest:
“We have other options in Android devices, so this is part of the normal evolution of our portfolio”
In other words, “shut up and buy a new smartphone”. Which some people may actually do. Others, however, who’ve bought the Eris with a 2-year contract, simply can’t yet, even if they wanted to. And so we have another sad example of how much some carriers care about their customers.
In order not to become disappointed or even enraged later on, it’s probably best not to assume that the Android device you’ve just bought will ever be updated to newer versions of the OS. This way, if an update actually happens, you’ll have a nice surprise. If it doesn’t, you won’t have anything to be angry about. Unfortunately, for now this seems to be the way you should treat these things.