Those who have already received the Android OS 2.2 upgrade for the original Motorola Droid got a surprise: it’s missing the promised Adobe Flash software. This app is coming in the next few weeks, however.
Motorola has begun distributing a new version of the system software for this smartphone, but it’s going to take several days. Those who are impatient can manually install the upgrade.
Whether the Droid has been upgraded by an over-the-air delivery from Verizon or manually, this device’s version of Android OS 2.2 lacks Adobe Flash Player 10.1, one of the most important new features of this upgrade.
Information leaking out of Verizon indicates this app will be posted in the Android Market on August 18. It will allow the web browser on this smartphone to fully make use of websites that use Flash for navigation, games, and showing video.
It will require Android OS 2.2 to run, so it can’t be installed on Droids that haven’t been upgraded.
Other Features of Android OS 2.2
The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system contains a number of small enhancements besides support for Adobe Flash, but none of the improvements significantly change the platform.
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, sharing 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.
Verizon Wireless is the exclusive U.S. provider of the Motorola Droid.