HTC Droid Eris OTA update available right now

Droid Eris
Hot on the heals of the Motorola Droid 2.0.1 update here comes the HTC Droid Eris OTA update. The ROM:1.16.605.1/Radio:2.32.40.11.09 is now being pushed by Verizon and here’s whats new:

- While on a call and the device is in screensaver mode, pressing the
- End key now takes the device out of screensaver mode, and a second press will end the call.
- On-call mute and speakerphone icon functionality is enhanced.
- Upgraded functionality after activation eliminates the delay users were experiencing in receiving their first call.
- Device now switches effectively from 1x mode to 3G.
- Device no longer requires users to reselect a default email after power-cycling.
- SMS and MMS messaging delivery is improved.
- Eighty-character MMS/SMS message subject lines are now allowed
- Improved picture messaging functionality allows messages from LG phones to be opened.

You can grab the PDF here

Thanks for the tip Mike

HTC Droid Eris to receive newer Android version update and Google Navigation

Droid Eris
According to HTC the Verizon Droid Eris is going to updated to a newer version of Android and Google Navigation early next year. It remains to be seen if this is going to be Android 2.0 or something else. Now that Google Navigation is out on Android 1.6 it is possible that the Droid Eris will only get a newer 1.6 build. But Android 2.0 or higher is still a possibility now that we know that Android 2.1 ROMs are already out in the wild for the HTC Hero.

Droid Eris is getting an update to a newer version of Android early next year. Google Navigation support is coming your way ;)

Source: HTC

HTC Droid Eris reviewed

HTC Droid Eris review
The fanboys over at Gizmodo just posted a short review of Verizon‘s HTC Droid Eris. Don’t expect anything really bad to be said given that it’s still the HTC Hero underneath (and it’s not Windows Mobileremember). The Hero is still the best Android device IMO, thanks to the Sense UI and cheap price. The Motorola Droid is obviously higher spec’d but HTC’s Sense UI really makes the difference IMO. Don’t forget that the Hero/Droid Eris will also be upgraded to Android 2.0 in a few weeks/months.

I’ve already covered HTC’s Sense UI in depth, and it is the exact same on the Eris. It runs just as fast as the Sprint Hero, if not a teeny bit quicker. I will say that after using Android 2.0, it does feel like a step backward in some ways, mostly because of the single Google account limitation. But HTC’s confirmed Android 2.0 is coming, so it won’t be an issue for every long.

Source: Gizmodo

HTC Droid Eris hands-on video


Here’s a hands-on video of the HTC Droid Eris (Verizon‘s version of the HTC Hero) for those intersted in it. Nothing really new obviouslyother than the new phisical design comapred to the original Hero oand Sprint‘s version:

Source: IntoMobile

HTC Droid Eris vs HTC Hero on video

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Engadget has posted a video comparison of Verizon‘s HTC Droid Eris and the HTC Hero which are basically the same phone in a slightly different shell:

Source: Engadget

Motorola Droid & HTC Droid Eris now on sale

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Verizon’s Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris Android phones are now officially on sale on the carriers website for $199 & $99 respectively. Those prices are obviously associated with a 2 year contract. Head over here for the Motorola Droid and here for the Droid Eris.

Via: Engadget

HTC Droid Eris unboxed again


Engadget posted a couple of pictures of their HTC Droid Eris unboxing today. The device was officialy announced today by Verizon for $99 on contract. Similar to Sprint‘s the Verizon Droid Eris is a re-branded/re-designed version of the European HTC Hero.

Source: Engadget

Verizon and HTC introduce the HTC Droid Eris for $99

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The HTC Droid Eris is officially announced and introduced today by HTC, making it the second Android phone on Verizon’s network. The device is available in stores and online beginning November 6th for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. As you probably already know this is actually the HTC Hero re-branded and slightly modified by Verizon (like Sprint did two months ago). Here’s the press release:

Bring an Android Device home for the holidays with
DROID ERIS by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless
 
DROID ERIS by HTC Debuts with Verizon Wireless with HTC Sense Experience and an Ultra-Attractive $99.99 Price
 
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and BELLEVUE, Wash. – Beginning Nov. 6, DROID ERIS™ by HTC will invade Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the United States, bringing the power of the Android™ platform and the Verizon Wireless network together.   DROID ERIS by HTC combines the popular Android platform with HTC Sense™, a user experience from HTC that makes it easy for customers to stay close to one another and create an individualized mobile experience tailored specifically to their needs.
        DROID ERIS by HTC offers customers the opportunity to customize a seven-panel wide home screen with a wide variety of widgets designed to bring the most important information to the surface.  DROID ERIS by HTC also includes the innovative “Scenes” feature, which allows customers to create multiple home screens, each with different widgets and shortcuts, to transform  DROID ERIS by HTC from a “work” phone to a “play” phone with just a touch of a finger. 
        DROID ERIS by HTC also organizes interactions by person, which makes it possible to access text messages, e-mails, phone calls and even Flickr streams and Facebook updates from a single contact card.
        The unique HTC Sense experience found on DROID ERIS by HTC is supported by an array of the latest mobile features, including:
  • 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen and trackball interface
  • 5.0 megapixel auto focus camera
  • Expandable memory with pre-installed 8 GB microSD™ card (up to 16 GB supported)
  • Supports USB mass storage
  • Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi and 3.5 mm headset connectivity
  • Integrated GPS and a digital compass with a sensor that enables the phone to know what direction it is facing
  • Smart dialer for simplified dialing by name, number or initials
  • Full HTML browser with Flash Lite capabilities
  • Seamless compatibility with Google™ services like Google Maps™, Gmail™, Google Search™ and more
 

Source: HTC

Verizon HTC Droid Eris unboxed


The BGR just posted the first ever unboxing of Verizon‘s HTC Droid Eris (HTC Hero). It doesn’t look that much different from Sprint’s HTC Hero other than the capacitive buttons under the screen. The Phone is scheduled to launch on November 6th alongside the Motorola Droid.

Source: BGR

HTC Droid Eris confirmed on November 6th for $99


Some new Verizon documents that confirm the November 6th launch date and price of the HTC Droid Eris have been leaked today. The only downside is that the phone will run Android 1.5 instead of 1.6 (or even 2.0). Hopefully Verizon will provide an update shortly after release.

Source: Engadget

New HTC Droid Eris pictures


Some new shots of HTC‘s Verizon Android phone the HTC Droid Eris have been uncovered today. As I previously said, the Droid Eris is the Verizon version of the the HTC Hero and their second Google Android device (the first beeing the Motorola Droid).HTC’s CEO Peter Chou confirmed that it will be launched in early November (November 6th). The rumored price is $99 on a 2 year contract.

Source: PhoneArena

HTC Droid Eris seen in Verizon training material

HTC Droid Eris training shot
Verizon’s HTC Hero, known as the HTC Droid Eris is in the starting blocksas seen in the picture above which is supposedly from Verizon’s training material. This goes along with the November 6th launch date rumors we are hearing. November is going to be a big month for Verizon it seems.

Source: Androidguys via Techmeme

Verizon Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris launching November 6th

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According to BGR‘s ninjas, Verizon’s Motorola Droid and the HTC Droid Eris are going to be launched on November 6th. Nothing is confirmed yet though besides Verizon‘s Droid announced which is taking place tomorrow. Check ou the video here for some short Android 2.0 action on the Moto Droid.

Source: BGR

HTC Desire confirmed on Verizon, to be named Droid Eris

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Engadget got a nice tip regarding Verizon’s upcoming Android devices. According to the tipster the Droid name isn’t exclusive to the Motorla Droid and will be used on all Verizon Android based phones. For example the HTC Desire which we have seen here is going to be the Droid Eris. This phone is rumored to be announced on November 6th. Looks like this is the year of Android in terms of releases, thanks to the major screw up in the developement of Windows Mobile 7.

Source: Engadget