Google released a new version of its operating system for smartphones in January, but so far it has only been available for the Google Nexus One. There was an unconfirmed report earlier this month that a version for the Droid was going to be released soon, but it has apparently taken several more weeks.
According to information leaking out of Verizon, Android OS 2.1 is going to be sent to customers in batches over the next several days. Although a few thousand people will get this upgrade today and tomorrow, it will be close to a week before all Droid units have the upgrade.
Droid owners who don’t want to wait for Verizon to send them this upgrade can manually install Android OS 2.1.
Although Verizon has officially committed to releasing Android OS 2.1 for the Droid, but has been vague about details. However, details have slipped out of this carrier several times now.
This model’s version will offer much greater support for speech-to-text, allowing users to enter text into any application with just their voice.
In addition, the multi-touch gesture pinch-to-zoom will be added to the web browser and photo viewer. 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 month already offers this gesture.
The version of OS 2.1 for the Droid will include the enhanced weather and news widgets that debuted with Android OS 2.1, and Google Goggles will be bundled as well.
It will also offer a fix for the bug that lets users bypass the security log-in, and also bring longer battery life.
No mention has been made of some features in the version of this OS for the Google Nexus One, 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.
A Quick Overview of the Motorola Droid
The Motorola Droid is a slider, with a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard and large, high-resolution capacitive Touchscreen with haptic feedback.
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.
Source: Android Central