Motorola Droid’s Android OS 2.1 Upgrade Will Bring Several Significant Enhancements

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Motorola briefly posted on its website a list of changes that will be included in the Android OS 2.1 upgrade that will be released this week for the Motorola Droid, This will include most of the features users have been hoping for, like much greater support for speech recognition and pinch-to-zoom.

Motorola committed to this upgrade a few days ago, but has been reluctant to give exact details of what will be included.

Motorola DroidHowever, according to changelog that was posted today on this company’s support website but then removed, the Droid’s version of Android OS 2.1 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 week 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 was 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.

Read a ReviewThe Droid has a suite of applications that can wirelessly synchronize with Google’s services, including Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Maps, as well as Microsoft Exchange.

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: Motorola

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