Droid Does an Early Software Update


Although it was expected that Motorola Droid (s mot) would see an update around December 11, there’s a new mandatory software update available today. Information from the Verizon (s vz) support site for Droid breaks out the following fixes and enhancements in software version AP:ESD56/BP:C_01.3E.01P — which just rolls off the tongue, no? ;)

  • OS stability is improved.
  • Battery life is improved.
  • Camera auto focus functionality is improved, and time between shots is reduced.
  • Enhancements for three-way calling.
  • Audio for incoming calls is improved.
  • When receiving a call on call waiting, the speakerphone now remains on.
  • Bluetooth functionality is improved; background echo is eliminated.
  • Improved Bluetooth phone book transfer of contacts to in-vehicle Bluetooth solutions.
  • After closing a GPS application, the GPS icon will now automatically be removed from the notification panel.
  • Users can now receive SMS and MMS messages after an EMS message is received.
  • SMS and MMS may now be sent to seven-digit addresses.
  • Google contact merging has been updated to accommodate seven-digit numbers.
  • Visual Voice Mail notices now arrive instantaneously.
  • The corporate calendar widget user interface is updated.

Droid owners will need at least 40% or more battery power or at least 20% power availability if connected to a power source prior to performing the upgrade. Have at it when you see the update available and let us know if you see any other fixes that might have slipped in as well.



I dont mind the curved on/off but would like to have the clock at least CENTERED.


I got my update about a hour ago. I don’t mind the new unlock look as I actually find it easier to use especially if I’m using just one hand to hold the phone while unlocking. I guess it looked a little cooler beforehand but its just easier for me. I also don’t mind the new clock at all. Still haven’t tested out all the new features com update. My only question is I still have the icon in my recently

downloaded slide down thing that says its still loading…please wait but it doesn’t look like its still loading as icon is still and not flashing or turning.


After I installed the update, all three of my home screens were empty and I had to put all of the apps and widgets back….not sure why that would happen as the result of an update, but I haven’t noticed any other problems

the cheshire cat

The new unlock screen sucks. Yeah we can personalize a lot of stuff but I wanna be able to personalize this. I liked the swivel much better, the phone could tell what you wanted without having to be ultra specific about where you touched, now it keeps getting all hung up between the two options. And the clock is ugly too, this may be a droid and a robot of sorts but I’m against the robot font. I know, how about a do-over guys…keep all the other upgrades, and change this upgrade to optional, can we throw in some more settings options too? I’m getting a bit tired of seeing people with the same interface as mine. I keep seeing all the ads for droid does…how about we add another function…droid does unique.


I agree, the curved unlock was neat and harder to accidently unlock! I like that the google search bar has some space between the slide down notification bar. People say at times I sound really far away, I hope they fix that soon!

rocco fernandez

I like the new look after the update, but now all my contacts that I had transferred from my old phone are missing. They still show up in my call log and texts, but not on the contact list. How do I fix this?


Totally agree with others hate the unlock screen please share how to change it back it is hideous!


I don’t like the new screen unlock feature either. Nor do I like the time display. I want to be able to go back to the old look! I really liked it!!!


I like this update and the new unlock screen. I noticed that the tool draw and the notifications bar scroll Much smoother. I’m going to do a bit more poking around.


I just got my update, and I absolutely HATE, HATE HATE, HATE, HATE, thelook of the screen when you go to unlock ur phone. I want the old font back for the clock, and I want the unlock and silencing slide to be curved again. Is there a way I can return it to the old look? I looked through my settings and it’s not an option.

PLEASE FIX THIS!!! I am a graphic designer and this new look makes me want to vomit. Or at least add in the settings an option to decide your set up. If there is an option that I’m not seeing, PLEASE email the exact place/menu to go to.



I too HATE the new unlock screen and time date display! I searched for awhile to try and figure out how to switch it back, but no luck so far. It really annoys me that I can’t change it back, and I was already in a rotten mood today. I hadn’t had problems with my phone and was thrilled with it before the mandatory update that changed my screen without asking me.


I agree I want my old slide to unlock back! That curve made it unique. Please make it an option to change it its ugly


Urgh someone please notify me when this is fixed that update ruined my day.


If you find out a way to change it back let me know! This one is terrible!


PDANet app was removed from my droid after the update… have not yet tried to re-install


I wonder if VZ knows if you have pdanet installed , or if they can monitor installed apps on driod,


As of lunch time Tuesday-12/8 I have not been notified of any updates. Live in Houston.

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