Well after the Motorola Droid update debacle, seems Verizon has worked out the kinks in their Android update process. Just days after we reported that the Eris would be getting Android 2.1 Eclair, they have already begun to roll it out to select users. Don’t worry if you have not already gotten the update notification, the update is going to be spread out over the next 13 days. Similar to the way they distributed the Motorola Droid update a few months ago.
The update itself has been confirmed by Verizon’s support twitter page, everyone is wondering where their update is, you can see the poor guy there is trying to reply to every customer thats asking about the update. Anyways, even though Verizon never officially said that the “maintenance update” was going to be Android 2.1, its now clear that it is fully functional Android 2.1 (ROM: 2.36.605.1/Radio: 2.42.00.04.12).
The update brings some bug fixes and adds functionality and performance along with all the features of Eclair. The update also adds free Yahoo Mail support, pinch-to-zoom Google Maps, enhanced Android Market, you know the whole works.
If you already have not gotten the OTA update pushed to your phone yet, you can goto Settings > About Phone > System Update to get it started. Looks like the update stomps out all the rumors that the Eris was dead, and Verizon was no longer going to support it. This is also a good sign for the rest of the first generation Android phones still out there and waiting to get some Eclair love. Hopefully the Hero will be next.