It has been quite a while since we heard anything about the Gingerbread update for the original Motorola Droid 2 (not Global), but it looks like VZW and Moto finally finished it up and it has received the stamp of approval, as it's rolling out in OTA fashion as I type this.


  • New Download Manager
  • App and Power Management Details
  • Multi-touch key-chording
  • Improved word selection copy functionality
  • New UI and color scheme
  • New dock icons
  • App groups
  • Improved security
  • Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi
  • Fixed issue that caused frequent data connection drops
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately
  • Improved email application
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages
  • Emoticons are displayed in messages
  • Forward SMS message conversations accurately
  • Notification LED will flash when new message is received
  • Access My Verizon without any force close errors
  • Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location
  • Geo-tagging features available for camera applications
  • Clock widget updates time correctly
  • Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets
  • Google Books is now preloaded
  • V CAST Apps is now preloaded
  • V CAST Media Manager is now preloaded
  • Blockbuster® movie rentals license remains active after download
  • Keypad backlight turns on in darker settings
  • Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black
  • Fixed issue that caused factory resets when the device’s mobile number is changed
  • Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after over the air upgrades.

To pull the update, hit Settings  > About Phone >  System Updates. Enjoy!

[Droid Life]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Sherree

    Heard anything on when the Incredible gets the OTA Gingerbread update?

  • Sean

    Great, Thank you!

  • Barchetta

    what about the R2D2?

    • James

      I also would like to know about R2D2. My G/F has it and tried to update and it says she is up to date.... No GB yet?

  • david

    C'mon Motorola update all your phones that are capable! Motorola Defy w/ Blur, you guys use to be the gold standard for all cell phones,if you want to keep our business update your phones. This is the main factor in purchasing smartphones & signal strength. Heck Kyro... whatever already has 2.3, again, C'mon Moto!

    • thesparxinc (ambrosius zwackelmann)

      totaly true ...

      im sick of bashing/entreat a company making nearby best phone on hardware side.

      ...but in same time the far worst in updates (even more bugs with higher version) and in update politics.

      (just say facebook:motorola europe)

      the lost potential is so sad!

  • Ernie

    Anyone know if this is also an update to Global models?

    • Cameron Summerson

      It's not.

      • John Lewitz

        When is the update for the droid 2 global supposed to roll out?

        • J

          Your guess is just as good as ours. I'll venture a september 5th date.

    • Michael

      My bf has a global and today sep 3, 2011 he got his ota update to gingerbread. Not sure if it is a soak out not but is official gingerbread ota update.

  • Colby Seider

    Any news about the Plain Ole Moto Droid? Will the Droid 2 update work for Droid?

    • Eurasianman

      No, it will not.

  • joe

    anyone know if this update is compatible with a rooted droid 2???

  • Matt

    Any news on the update for the droid charge?

  • Megan

    Annnnnnd now my Plants v. Zombies doesn’t work. THANKS, Gingerbread!

  • Allen

    Still waiting for my droid 2 global to get the OTA update .....come on Motorola!

  • MachDroid

    Hey, I am just receiving the OTA update for may droid 2 global over a GSM network outside USA

  • Shannon Monahan

    I was rooted, I UN-rooted and rebooted before I downloaded it and was unsuccessful. Anyone figure it out?

  • Ruth Zelaya

    WOW...this Gingerbread update is making me feel like I'm back to a Blackberry...NOT where I want to be!

  • Bruce Bergman

    So, when is the Bug-fix release going to be done?

    They broke my Tab key in the Soak Test, were duly notified, and I haven't heard so much as a peep since. Makes it harder to do a timesheet.

    (Even an "Oops. Give us a week..." would have been appreciated.)