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Android 2.1 finally coming to Verizon Motorola DROID

March 17, 2010 | by Chris Smith

Android OS, Motorola, Verizon

Android 2.1 finally coming to Verizon Motorola DROID

After some false alarms, it appears that Verizon will be releasing the newest Android 2.1 update for the Motorola DROID. If you are a DROID user like me you are probably relieved that your “Google Experience” device is finally getting the “Google Experience” treatment. Many of the changes that are coming the the DROID via Android 2.1 are not that surprising. Here is the list:

  • Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the browser, Gallery, and Google Maps.™
  • New Weather and News application plus widget.
  • Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the browser, Gallery, and Google Maps.™
  • New Weather and News application plus widget.
  • New support for voice-to-text entry.
  • New Gallery application with 3D layout. View and share photos taken with your phone and images from your online Picasa Web albums.
  • Live Wallpapers offer richer animated, interactive backgrounds on the home screen.
  • Free Yahoo!® Mail is now supported—simply sign in with your Yahoo! email address and password.
  • Google Maps update.
  • Improved pattern-lock functionality.
  • Improved handset audio when disconnecting a wired headset.
  • Email accounts no longer need to be re-entered after an over-the-air update.

You’ll notice that the Nexus One’s launcher is not going to make it to “Vanilla” Android. It looks like the 3D launcher is a Nexus thing. Something else to point out is the update is numbered –  ESE53/BP: C_01.3E.03P – which is a version of the ESE53 update that leaked onto the web a couple of weeks ago. If this update is closely related to that leak, I will have to say that DROID users are going to be pretty impressed with the improvements as I have been running this ROM since the leak.

Via [Engadget Mobile] Source [Verizon]