Sometimes , It is what it is !
Anyways, I guess I would just be a little disappointed if four months after launch, the hardware of the Motorola Droid was considered to be insufficient when it comes to meeting the requirements of the flashier components of 2.1. The fact that technology grows at an insane rate is not lost upon me. It's just that four months is not much time at all (even in the technology world), and developers in the community have gotten most parts of 2.1 running nearly flawlessly on the Motorola Droid by themselves. If Motorola's/Google's devs can't one-up community Devs, then some pink slips and some job offers are in order.
My $0.02, fwiw.
My Droid's CPU is running at the same speed as the Nexus One's (1ghz) to go along with the dedicated GPU that the Nexus does not have. If the Droid's hardware is already considered too out of date to support these new features, it now seems that Motorola should have used a more powerful CPU or at least should have bumped up the current CPU's speed.
I could understand if Moto didn't have the 3D app drawer in the release, afterall how long have the Devs on Sholes and Alldroid been trying to get it to work right in Landscape on the Droid without success. It would be sad but predictable if Google didn't make it compatible with landscape since Nexus doesn't have that mode for Home screen..
BUT, not putting Livewallpapers in the release would be unexcusable IMHO. Already having the other ported 2.1 apps installed and since Google didn't fix any real issues like BT etc in 2.1, Livewallpapers was the only thing I looked forward to with the 2.1 release :-(
Another thing to consider... Motorola has to be looking forward to more direct Android competition with HTC upon the release of the CDMA Nexus One. If they short the Droid live wallpapers and the drawer, that would undoubtedly be a deal breaker for some people, and more than likely something important to consider for many more. The Droid is still being sold and currently is Verizon's flagship phone, but the Nexus One on Verizon could very easily challenge the Droid for the top position. It would be in Motorola's best interest to ensure that the Droid had the full, non-crippled 2.1 firmware.
Last edited by sc4fpse; 02-08-2010 at 09:57 AM.
thats BS i was looking forward to the new 2.1 home layout i want the 2 extra home screens, the droid NEEDS it BAD 3 isnt enough at all!!! they better not scrap voice to text too or ill leave verizon and join up with tmobile for the nexus 1!!!
GOOGLE/VERIZON SCRAP THE NEW APP LAUNCHER BUT GIVE US OUR EXTRA SCREENS !!
Basically, RIM (the maker of Blackberry) published tens of revisions of their software for their smartphones (including the Blackberry Storm), yet it was up to each individual carrier as to what version they would publish.
This is why you didn't see a device-specific rollout of the same OS across multiple carriers simultaneously. This is why you had people on Canadian carriers (and maybe still do, I haven't checked in a while) running OS 4.x on their Blackberry Storm 9530 after the Storm2 9550 launched on Verizon and Verizon launched the 5.0 OS update for the original Storm 9530.
Device manufacturers work with the software manufacturers (easier for RIM/Apple since they do both the hardware & software) for their devices, and when they feel they have a good OS candidate, they go ahead and push that OS revision to the carriers of their phones. By that point, it's already been tested by the hardware/software makers of the phone. It's now up to the carrier to test the software to make sure it fits with what they feel is good enough for their customers. The big slowdown, usually, is with the carriers because they are sooooooooooooooooooo picky. They have to deal with customers directly, in-store, much more than the hardware/software makers do, and so Verizon (and other carriers) want the least buggy software possible. Why? The less bugs, and the easier the software is to use, the less questions they get and the less of a headache these things are for the carriers.
It's kind of a long process, and annoying, so you can see how it would take a lot of time. Google/HTC have the Nexus One, and essentially since it's sold through google.com/phone and *not* through T-Mobile (and soon to be Verizon), it is simply allowed to access their mobile networks, carriers have no say in this discussion. So, you have a one step process with the Nexus One where Google makes the software and says "hit the OTA update button, this thing is live" - because it is the newest phone, and because Google essentially controls everything.
Then, 2.1 (and now 2.1 Update 1) source code is released a short time later for all other Android devices (including our Droid) and then that source code must be optimized for any given device a manufacturer has (such as the Droid). Then, once Motorola (the manufacturer in the Droid's case) approves the OS, it's sent to Verizon. Then Verizon has to test it.
This means to get an update for our phone, it can take 2-3x longer, or more, in order to get the same thing the Nexus One gets.
I actually now am just starting to see the brilliance of Google's Nexus One. Maybe the hardware/software isn't truly innovative or completely new/shocking/groundbreaking, but they really did a great job of cutting LOTS of red tape.
Their relationship with HTC works, because Google needs a manufacturer. Then they get approval/endorsement by carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon (and possibly others later on - who approve/endorse this idea because it nets them contracts, which in turn nets them guaranteed income over a certain period of time). Once the software (made by Google), hardware, and carrier are in place, Google just needs FCC clearance like any other device and then all systems are go.
This is amazing, because Google can publish updates so much faster than anyone else can, because they don't have to wait for their hardware manufacturer to test it, and they definitely don't have to wait on a carrier to test it (I'm assuming).
That saves time, and instead of dealing with so many headaches and corporate rules/policies, the consumer wins because they get what they want, and in turn Google earns a good reputation for selling phones, which bolsters their bottom line even more.
I'm thinking this was all only a small part of Google's true motive for the Nexus One (and Android, as a whole) - originally, they had Android to push their search engine & web advertising on mobile platforms. Then the Nexus One was the refinement of their idea of how best to push Android & advertisement via the mobile web.
Very smart, I'd say.