This time last week, we heard about Motorola’s efforts to recruit owners of the original Droid for their participation in a special project of some kind. It wasn’t spelled-out directly, but based on how Motorola’s run soak tests in the past, we had a feeling that’s what we were in for. A new update in the works for a two-year-old Android struck us as some unusual behavior, and got us wondering about just what the contents of the update could be. An official release of Gingerbread seemed like a long shot, though not impossible, and we were left anxiously awaiting to hear further news of this Droid project. Today, one of the testers who signed-up for it has leaked the contents of an email from Motorola, finally revealing the nature of this endeavor.
Bad news first: yes, it’s a software update that Motorola is planning, but it’s not Gingerbread. It won’t even bring any new features to the phone. According to Motorola, the contents of the release are “very limited” and consist of a scant two security patches. We’re not sure just what holes Motorola intends to plug here, but whatever they are, the company insists that the changes made via this update will be “invisible” to the end user.
Droid users still have plenty of custom ROMs to keep their phones up-to-date, so we’re not really upset by this news, but a feature-packed update for such an aging device sure would have been neat to see.