The Motorola Droid is being upgraded to Android OS 2.2 in two phases. The first of these adds most of the features of Google’s latest operating system while the second is going to add support for Adobe Flash.
Verizon began sending out the first of these updates earlier this month, while the second will start going out later today, according to an unconfirmed report. Verizon itself hasn’t said exactly when this second update is going to be released.
Users will still need to download Adobe Flash Player 10.1 from the Android Marketplace, which is not yet available. Still, it’s likely to be introduced at about the same time the new version of the Droid’s system software is released.
More about Flash Player 10.1
Flash support is the most significant addition in the latest version of Google’s operating system. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 will enable the web browser to fully make use of websites that use Flash for navigation, games, and showing video.
Flash Player 10.1 for the Android OS will be a free download.
Other Features of Android OS 2.2
The latest version of this mobile operating system from Google contains a number of small enhancements besides support for Adobe Flash.
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.