Attention all Verizon
Droid owners: The
long-awaited Android 2.1 update is finally coming your way. An internal company
email obtained by Engadget shows that the Android
system update will begin a slow rollout process starting today.
According to the note, 1,000 users should have received the
update by noon today. Another 9,000 users were scheduled to get the update at
11:59 ET. As for the rest of you? Well, you'll have to wait a full 24 hours
before Verizon releases the software to 200,000 users. The updates will then continue
to roll out once every 24 hours (at Midnight) to 200,000 users until all users
have received the update.
Verizon was initially suppose to upgrade the Droid
to Android 2.1 on March
18. On March 25, Motorola apologized to users via its Facebook page:
We know you guys are
anxiously awaiting the upgrade from 2.0 to 2.1. Ultimately, we want to ensure
you have the best possible experience on your device; as a result, the rollout
is taking longer than expected. Though we don't have the new deployment date to
share just yet, we do promise we are working to get you updated information and
will relay it as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience. We appreciate it!Key Advantages:
- Email - Yahoo Mail is now supported - customers can simply sign in with their Yahoo! Email address and password. Note: Yahoo! Email is not available over Wi-Fi.
- Pinch to Zoom now available in the Browser, Maps, and Gallery.
- Speech-to-Text - Customers can now use their voice instead of typing whenever a text-entry box appears.
- Google Goggles is now preloaded.
- The new Gallery application uses 3D layout and shows both pictures taken with the customer's Android device and images from Picasa Web Albums account online.
The update will bring the Droid to the same version of
software as the Nexus One
The newer OS includes pinch-to-zoom controls and voice-to-text input
capabilities. Other new features include support for Yahoo Mail, preloaded
Google Goggles, and a new Gallery application that uses a 3D layout.