Motorola Droid Android OS 2.2 Upgrade Going Out Now

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A great many users of the Motorola Droid received their promised Android OS 2.2 upgrade overnight, and the remainder should receive it in short order.

Motorola Droid for VerizonThe latest version of Google’s operating system brings Adobe Flash support as well as other enhancements.

Motorola committed some time ago to release a version of Android OS 2.2 for the Droid, and this is now apparently being sent to large numbers of users. It is going out as an over-the-air (OTA) upgrade, with users being notified when they device is ready to download and install it.

New in Android OS 2.2
The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system is required for devices to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1, which allows the web browser to fully make use of websites that use Flash for navigation, games, and showing video. However, the free Adobe Flash Player 10.1 app is not part of the upgrade, and will be posted on the Android Market later.

In addition, this upgrade finally brings five homescreens to the original Droid, instead of just three. And the user interface has been tweaked in a few other ways, too. The camera software has been significantly enhanced, and users can set applications to automatically update themselves.

Unlike most other smartphones running Android OS 2.2, this upgrade will not include software that allows it to act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, so it will not be able to share its 3G connection with other devices.

An Overview of the Motorola Droid
The Motorola Droid was once this company’s flagship model, though bigger and better smartphones have come along in recent months. This device sports a large, high-resolution capacitive Touchscreen and a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard. Nevertheless, it still has a slim design.

As this smartphone runs the Android OS, it has a suite of applications that can wirelessly synchronize with Google’s services, including Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Maps, as well as Microsoft Exchange. An extensive catalog of third-party apps is also available.

On the Road with the Motorola DroidThe Droid comes with a 16 GB memory card, GPS receiver, and a 5 MPx camera.

Verizon Wireless is the exclusive U.S. provider of the Motorola Droid. It’s available now for $150 with contract.

A replacement for this product, the Motorola Droid 2, is going to hit store shelves tomorrow. This will ship with Android OS 2.2 pre-installed.



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