Droid Eris software update starts from Verizon

Update includes improvements to SMS, MMS delivery

Verizon Wireless started pushing an over-the-air update to Droid Eris smartphones today with eight software fixes designed to improve performance.

The improvements address concerns that some online forum users had considered inconveniences with the Eris, built by HTC. None were apparently as serious as problems with the Motorola Droid that Verizon addressed in 14 software fixes that it started sending in an over-the-air update that began on Monday. Both phones run on the Android operating system.

In both cases, the updates are being sent to customers in phases, each to last about a week. Customers will get an alert of the update and will have to accept the download, a Verizon spokeswoman said.

The fixes for the Eris include allowing picture messages from LG phones to be opened and improving SMS and MMS messaging delivery. A delay that first-time users experienced in receiving their first call on activation has also been eliminated, Verizon said.

With the Motorola Droid, the update's 14 fixes include reducing a voice echo that hundreds of online forum users said was a problem for people receiving a call from a Droid phone. However, the phased-in rollout of the update appears not to have reached some customers on Motorola's support forum where it couldn't be determined whether the update is addressing the echo. Some comments indicate user frustration with continuing to wait for the update.

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