Reports are coming in that the HTC DROID Eris for Verizon Wireless will get a firmware update shortly. The software update is thought to include several improvements that include improved audio, enhanced speed dialing, better stabilized Weather widget/app, as well as improvements for Gmail contact syncing, Backup Assistant, Exchange Activesync, and Facebook. The update is expected to start over the air delivery on July 16 and could take up to a week to hit the devices. [via DROID-Life]

I got word back from a Verizon Wireless rep moments ago regarding all of the complaints we are seeing in comments about the recent HTC DROID Eris Android 2.1 over the air firmware update.  We were told that the tech gurus are already working on the weather widget issue, but that other less frequently cited problems (such as missing call audio and message notification issues) have not been properly documented yet. I was advised that people with problems other than the weather widget should call Verizon Wireless or bring their DROID Eris to a Verizon Wireless retail store.  Verizon is…

It seems that Verizon Wireless has started sending out an over the air firmware update for DROID Eris users that will take the phone to the next level: Android 2.1! Like past firmware updates, the roll-out will start small (1,000 users) and gradually build up over the course of the next week or so when all devices should have received the update. Look after the jump for a full list of the updates features.

According to a rumor out of BerryScoop, the Verizon Wireless DROID ERIS is slated to be placed on the dreaded end of life list starting April 1st. The source notes that the HTC Incredible is slated to launch in the same time frame and may be the chosen replacement for the semi-successful ERIS. Though it is possible that the ERIS could be replaced a mere five months after launch, it is worth noting that the date for this transition is April 1st. Is this rumor merely a cruel early April Fools joke or is the ERIS indeed on its way…

Verizon sent us a message last night telling us about the new HTC DROID Eris firmware update that has started going out to users.  This isn’t an update to a newer version of Android, which we are still expecting, but rather a simpler update that fixes some problems with the initial version of the device. Not all people experienced all of these issues, but there’s probably something in this update for most any DROID Eris user. The initial batch of users to get the update is pretty small, but it should start going out in large scale within a week…

Our sister site, MobileBurn, got word straight from Verizon Wireless that the Motorola DROID will be updated to Android 2.0.1 in the next few weeks. Fixes in the 2.0.1 update include improvements in both the camera autofocus and in voice call reception. The update will be delivered over-the-air so DROID owners just have to sit back and wait for it to be distributed. Speaking of DROID owners, any future owners out there may want to head down to Verizon Wireless this weekend. Starting Friday, the DROID Eris will be part of Verizon’s well-known buy one, get one free sale. If you…

Best Buy put out a release touting its selection of 5 Android smartphones that are available for $99.99 this holiday season. The HTC Hero and Samsung Moment are down to $99.99 from Sprint’s normal $179.99.  T-Mobile’s myTouch 3G and Motorola CLIQ are down to $99.99 from $149.99 and $199.99, respectively.  Best Buy is also offering the HTC DROID Eris for $99.99, which is the same as Verizon, but Best Buy notes that with any of its phones, there are no mail-in rebates to deal with to get the good prices. Oddly, the press release doesn’t mention when the prices go…

Those looking to score the latest and greatest Android handsets that Verizon Wireless has to offer are in for a pre-Black Friday treat. Thanks to some competitive pricing by Walmart and Dell, both the Motorola DROID and the HTC DROID Eris can be had for a song and a dance. The DROID Eris has seen the largest cut, falling to a mere $30 at Walmart. If you find the boxy design and QWERTY keyboard of the DROID irresistible, then head on over to the new Dell Mobility store where the DROID is available for a lowly $119.99. As always, both…

I finally got around to putting together a review specific to the U.S. versions of the HTC Hero, Sprint’s own Hero and the DROID Eris for Verizon.  They are largely the same as the original Hero found in Europe and other parts of the world, but as a U.S. site, it made sense (pardon the pun) for MobileBurn.com to have a separate review. I’ve included some of the photos and videos after the jump.