May 10, 2010 | by Robert Nelson
Verizon has recently listed the Droid Eris 2.1 update as coming soon, and with that little tidbit comes some good and bad. First and foremost, an estimated arrival time was not given. And with that out of the way, when the update arrives it will come as an over-the-air update. So far it sounds good, OTA and coming soon. But the catch here is that this update is being listed as mandatory. Ok, again, not bad but it has also been confirmed that the update will wipe all of the data you have on your phone. In short, you will have Android 2.1, but you will be starting over with your data and apps. In other words, make sure your data is backed up before you begin this update. That aside, if you are a Droid Eris user, here is what you can expect with the Android 2.1 update…
- Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the Gallery and Google Maps.
- New support for voice-to-text entry.
- Whenever a text-entry box appears, simply tap the microphone icon on the virtual keyboard and speak.
- New Gallery application with 3D layout. View and share photos taken with your phone and images from your online Picasa Web albums.
- New Leap thumbnail view lets you pinch to jump between the seven panels on your home screen.
- Additional calendar views and easier access to contacts make navigating even quicker.
- Google Maps with Navigation provides free, traffic-enhanced, turn-by-turn navigation.
- With the Enhanced Android Market, you’ll enjoy a better browsing experience as well as even more applications, including Verizon Wireless content featuring self-service applications.
- Ability to log onto and access multiple Google accounts at once.
- Support for 19 Microsoft Exchange Server policies makes your phone more secure and business friendly.
- Desk Clock intelligently dims your screen and displays the current time while charging.
- Location-based cinematic full screen weather keeps you on top of changing conditions.
- Free Yahoo! Mail is now supported—simply sign in with your Yahoo! email address and password.
- Longer battery life due to power savings.
- Improved YouTube video playback.
- Better Bluetooth support, including contact transfer.
- Automatic settings for POP3 verizon.net email accounts.
- Added support for stand-alone Wi-Fi when device is in airplane mode.
- Improved handset audio when disconnecting a wired headset.
- Faster power-up time.
- Improved swipe-unlock functionality.
- Added support for Microsoft Office 2007 documents