Verizon Posted System Update information for the droid:

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce new software enhancements for your DROID by Motorola smartphone. The Droid by Motorola software version AP:ESD56/BP:C_01.3E.01P update includes numerous improvements.

The following enhancements to the Droid by Motorola have been made:

  • 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.

 

This information is coming from the Verizon Droid System Update page http://learning.verizonwireless.com/learning/Droid_Motorola_Software_Update.pdf

The update is being deployed now, and should reach all handsets over the next 48 hours.

Update: It looks like some users have posted a Google Map where people have added their location to show where it is being rolled out.  You can find it here: Google Map of OTA update received

Update:  Posted by TriadCool:

This is something I just found out that is pretty cool. Download the latest Google Maps. Open it, select menu, layers, more layers, my maps…and select DROID 1st OTA Update. This lets you view the progress of updates via your phone.

(You may have to add the above map to your own Maps first)

If you are waiting for the update, please read their instructions on how the update will work.  Keep your battery charged up or plugged in so that is above 40%:

http://support.vzw.com/how_to_use/droid_upgrade.html

Update:  Information from BGR gives us the roll out schedule, so it looks like it will be a few days before it will hit all the Droids:

Here’s what we’ve got: a clear explanation from a VZW connect that outlines how the OTA updates work for the Motorola DROID. At noon today, approximately 1,000 people received the notification to update their handset. At around midnight this evening, 9,000 more will receive it. After the initial 10,000, there is a 48-hour waiting period. No one after that receives anything until December 10th at 12AM, which will be 200,000 people. It will continue at 200,000 devices a day until everyone is updated.

I think it was smart of Google/Motorola/Verizon to stagger the roll out like this,  because if problems occur, they can avoid having to deal with fixing a large amount of updated phones.

Here is the Droid information from initial release from the "About Phone.." Settings screen:

Model Number: Droid
Firmware Version: 2.0
Baseband Verizon: C_01.3B.01P
Kernel Version: 2.6.29-omap1-g04df51fandroid-build@apa26 #477
Build Number: ESD20

 

Here is the POST update information.

Model Number: Droid
Firmware Version: 2.0.1
Baseband Verizon: C_01.3E.01P
Kernel Version: 2.6.29-omap1-g0dd7e0bandroid-build@apa26 #511
Build Number: ESD56
Update: You can download the update.zip file from here and manually update your phone to the the official release of 2.0.1

 

Also note that the Droid has been Rooted, and if you want to do the Root update, you should do the 2.0.1 update first.

Update:  It looks like there might be a Browser lag issue with 2.0.1.  Please visit Browser Issue with Verizon Droid 2.0.1 Update and see how you can help report the issue to get it fixed.

 

Here are some shots of an updated Droid:

Updated Unlock Screen:

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Photo of some of the new system widgets in update

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Check out the Video of the new update below:

  • eD

    BOO! Verizon Wireless branding on the unlock screen!

  • Lucas

    There's always been Verizon branding on it, it used to be on the top center.

  • http://jeftek.com Jef

    It's not really branding, as it's the current service provider. If you go into Airplane mode, it says "No Service" I believe. It works exactly how the lock screen functions now, which has this message in the center of the screen.

  • Facebook User

    yes it is just a service provider notification. it changes based on the cellular network you are on.

  • mightybrick

    Um, you know that is only the Network ID there on the lock screen, right? NOT Verizon branding. If the phone was running on Sprint, it would say Sprint there.

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  • ihayesjr

    Did they fix the hands free Bluetooth dialing???

  • balow

    no fix, just tested

  • maxfadia

    i didnt get the update so can any one tell me how to do the update

  • http://jeftek.com Jef

    Max,The link is up there in the post where you can download the update.zip file, and the steps needed to perform the update manually.

  • http://www.techerator.com Evan W.

    Great coverage of the update Jef. Thanks!

  • maxfadia

    Tux tglhis helpedMax

  • roddroid

    Thanks for the info on manual updating – downloaded and installed it. worked like a charm! :-)

  • Jason Holmes

    Hey Jef is the kernel version you posted from the OTA update or the manual update?

  • http://jeftek.com Jef

    Jason,The OTA and the Manual update are the exact SAME. The Manual is just the same update file that will be pushed manually. Someone copied the file location of the OTA update and manually downloaded it to share is all.There is the combination 2.0.1 update and SuperUser update which enables Root/Superuser on the droid, but it's still the same 2.0.1 update.

  • Alex

    i manually update it. am i still going to get the notification to ota update or does it know i already did?

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    I installed the 2.0.1 update last night (12/10) via OTA in Atlanta. Around 12:15am a popup appeared informing me it was available and prompting for permission to install.The only obvious UI change was that the slide to unlock is now a line instead a curve. The system definitely seems snappier now.

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  • mike

    Has anyone run a benchmark app before and after to see if there is any measurable change in performance?

  • mike

    Has anyone run a benchmark app before and after to see if there is any measurable change in performance?

  • activekita

    thanks for sharing

  • http://www.droid2forum.net Garfield Spanier

    At the same time as I love a physical keyboard, after managing the Samsung Captivate for about quarter-hour, it is hard to move back. At the moment I'm debating whether or not to visit Verizon for the Droid X, pass to Dash for the EVO, or stick with AT&T for the Captivate…selections, decisions.