UPDATE (Aug. 26): Verizon Wireless has begun sending out a system software update that brings support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to the Motorola Droid. For more details, read this article:
According to Motorola, the Android OS 2.2 upgrade that is going out now for the original Motorola Droid does not include support for Adobe Flash. This will be added in a second update coming soon.
Within the next few weeks, two over the air software updates will be sent to the DROID. The first update will bring the device operating system to Android 2.2. The second update will enable users to download Adobe Flash Player 10 for Android to the device once it is available in the Android Marketplace.
Flash support is the most significant addition in the latest verion 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.
Motorola says Flash Player for Android will be “available late summer”. According to an unconfirmed report, this app will be posted in the Android Market on August 18.
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.
New security features will allow the Motorola Droid to be remotely wiped or locked, or to wipe the contents after a certain number of incorrect password attempts.
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.
A replacement for this product, the Motorola Droid 2, hit store shelves earlier this week. This will ships with Android OS 2.2 pre-installed.