The Motorola Droid gets most of the attention, but Verizon has a second Android-based smartphone, the HTC Droid Eris. This device is less expensive, but also less cutting edge. Still, HTC says it will soon release an operating system upgrade for this device that will bring at least one significant new feature.
The Droid Eris debuted running Android 1.5, but HTC is vague on what version its going to upgrade this model to. All this company has promised is that it will enable support for Google maps Navigation. Problem is, this service is available for every version of this OS above 1.5. So this could be a minor update to Android 1.6, or a much more significant upgrade to Android 2.1.
The actual statemment was made on HTC’s Twitter feed:
Droid Eris is getting an update to a newer version of Android early next year. Google Navigation support is coming your way
Why the Delay?
Android 2.0 debuted a month ago, but it’s taking a while to upgrade the Droid Eris and its sister model the HTC Hero because HTC made some significant changes to the system software. These devices have HTC Sense, this company’s proprietary user interface that enhances the default one. Porting this UI to Android 2.0 is taking some extra time.
HTC is vague on when the Droid Eris’ system software update will be released but it definitely won’t be this month.
An Overview of the HTC Droid Eris
The smartphone is the least expensive Android-based smartphone available; it’s regular price is $100 with two-year contract, and it can be found for much less than that online.
It has a tablet shape with a 3.2-inch, HVGA, capacitive touchscreen and no hardware keyboard. The Droid Eris is able to connect to Verizon’s EV-DO mobile broadband service, and also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Other features will include a 5-MPx camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, microSD card slot, and a GPS receiver.