Ever since Android 2.1 debuted last month, users of the Motorola Droid and other Android-based smartphones have been impatiently waiting for upgrades. Droid owners should be pleased to hear that their wait is almost over.
A statement posted on the official Motorola Facebook page says:
We know you are frustrated with the lack of details regarding Android software upgrades and we sincerely apologize for not being able to share info sooner. We’re happy to relay the 2.1 upgrade to DROID will start to roll out this week, and we will have more information to share on other device upgrades later …
What’s In the Upgrade?
Motorola has not officially announced what’s going to be in this operating system upgrade, but information that has supposedly leaked out of Verizon’s testing lab indicates that it will offer some enhancements like greater support for pinch-to-zoom, but some of the user interface changes that appeared in the Google Nexus One are not included.
Android 2.0 has support for multi-touch, but Google did not include gestures like pinch-to-zoom into the bundled applications. This is starting to change — a version of Google Maps released last week offers this gesture, and the operating system upgrade allegedly on its way to the Droid will include a web browser with pinch-to-zoom support.
It will supposedly include the enhanced weather and news widgets that debuted with Android OS 2.1, and Google Goggles will be bundled as well.
The source for this unconfirmed report did not mention whether one of the most significant features in OS 2.1 will be included: the speech-to-text capability that allows users to enter text into any application with just their voice.
Some features in the version of this OS for the Nexus One are supposedly not going to be included, such as animated wallpapers. The Droid has a slower processor than the Nexus One, so it’s possible this feature is more than this device can handle.
It 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.