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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by brandon22, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. brandon22

    brandon22 New Member
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    I just joined this site seconds ago after seeing a video of some guy installing an update on his Motorola Droid. Not the most computer savvy so I apologize if I sound like a dummy. First, are there updates for this phone? I think it was a 2.1 update he installed. Second, where do i find this update? Third will it erase my current setting or erase any of my synced email or bookmarks... ect. I truly have little info. and very little computer skills. Please help. Thanks,
    Brandon
     

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  2. allanlaw

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    When Verizon is ready, you will get a notice on your Droid that an update is ready, and instructions about what to press. 2.1 has not been released yet (officially).
     
  3. brandon22

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    Oh, OK. I thought I fell off the bus and it was leaving me behind. Good to know! Thanks, pal!
     
  4. johnlgalt

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    What you probably saw was a person installing an unofficial 2.1 ROM, which requires that you first root your phone (gain root level access) and is potentially detrimental to your phone in a number of ways:

    1) You could 'brick' your phone (meaning screw the OS on there and render the phone useless, aka a paperweight and nothing more). Now, the chances of this happening are small, but not entirely nil, so it is something to consider when reading up on rooting.

    2) You could fry the hardware if you do not know what you are doing and install, say, an OCd (overclocked) kernel that runs the phone too hot - although it seems to have thermal protection built into it, the CPU of the phone itself is rated at something ungodly like 100 deg C, which, in my understanding, is not good at all for surrounding components on the circuit board, the capacitive display, the battery....

    3) It is technically a voiding of your warranty.

    Now, with all that said, there are literally thousands of users here that have rooted and installed an early release of the upcoming 2.1 update, so the dangers are minimal however, before some user jumps in here trying to say there are no dangers, let me assure you - the dangers exist, however minuscule.

    On the off chance that you are still interested in this, head over to the All Things root subforum here to see what the buzz is all about. All Things Root (Droid) - Android Forums
     
  5. brandon22

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    Definitely am not interested anymore as I have no idea what I'm doing. Like I said above I was just concerned I was being left behind with these updates. Definitely can't wait for the official release because what I have seen so far is pretty freaking awesome!!!! Thanks for the information. Glad I found this site.
     
  6. johnlgalt

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    If you ever want to check to see if there are updates waiting, you can always go to Settings --> About Phone --> System Updates, just in case you miss the reminder when it tries to tell you that an update is available.
     
  7. athenssmile

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    who is john galt?
     
  8. johnlgalt

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    C'est mois.
     
  9. ItalianBaby757

    ItalianBaby757 New Member
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    I dont have a system updates button! htc magic
     

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