Droid update 2.1 news

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    Motorola Droid's next update to be Android 2.1, includes multitouch browser -- Engadget

    [​IMG] Cellphones, Mobile Software
    Motorola Droid's next update to be Android 2.1, includes multitouch browser

    By Chris Ziegler [​IMG] posted Feb 8th 2010 9:05AM





    [​IMG]We've just gotten the inside line on the next Droid update that's making the rounds through Verizon's testing department from one of our trusted sources, and overall, it looks like this should take users 95 percent of the way to curing pangs of Nexus One envy. Here's what we've got:
    • It's based on Android 2.1. The build currently being circulated is identified as 2.1 version 1, mirroring the update just pushed to the Nexus One last week.
    • Google Goggles is now pre-installed (no matter how unhelpful it may be).
    • The browser's now multitouch enabled, just like Google Maps 3.4. Huzzah! No Flash, but then again, we weren't really expecting that.
    • Interestingly, the home screen's still got the same look as 2.0.1, meaning it doesn't adopt the Nexus One's rotating 3D grid of app icons -- it's still got the pull-up drawer tab at the bottom.
    • No active wallpapers. Bummer!
    • The news and weather widgets introduced on the Nexus One are included. Maybe certain capabilities of 2.1 are going to be restricted to devices with minimum performance benchmarks?
    There's no word on timing, and for all our source knows, this build could still very well fail testing -- goodness knows it's happened with plenty of pre-production firmwares in Verizon's past. We'll keep our ear to the ground and you do the same.

     
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    Kind of bumed out about the no live wallpapers and the home screen part :frown:. But I guess that's more of a gimmick.

    Multi touch in the web browser is awesome though
     
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    Good to hear at least something for someone other than a Verizon rep. I really hope 2.1 on the Droid doesn't make it look the same as 2.0.1 I really like the 3D zoom and little grid at the bottom. :D
     
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    I would have liked to see the launcher as well, no reason those bugs cant be worked out, it can run on the droid, maining still use to ported one for now.
     
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    Was really hoping for animated wallpapers. Although not functional, they are a cool thing to show the Apple Fanboys. I guess I'm sticking to the Bugless Beast @ 950MHz
     
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    Wow, Google Goggles was pretty neat, albeit limited (at best... Most likely a useless attention-getter). Using voice search would be much easier unless you're surrounded by a pack of screaming monkeys.
     
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    I'm sticking with sholes..... as they already have all that and more... lol damn what a waste when a few coders can come out with more features then verizon/motorola. lol

    GO SHOLES!
     
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    according to that report it's just adding Maps 3.4 and a couple widgets? Whoop te do... I'm not impressed.
     
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    Maps 3.4 is actually already available in the market as an update that includes Multi-touch :D
     
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    So what bugs are addressed in 2.1??
     
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    this is not an impressive update.........I'll stick with BB......
     
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    wtf, the biggest thing for me is the new look with cards. i sure hope this isnt accurate...or someone better do a better port job of the Launcher.
     
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    If that's all then I'm sticking with the overclocked ROMs.
     
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    I'm not sure this is all correct (Engadget = apple fanbois). If they kept the old app drawer tab at the bottom, how does the screen look? I'm not buying it and it actually sounds like a lot more work for Motorola to keep that from 2.01 than just update to 2.1. Same with the wallpapers, why not enable them?

    A simple answer is the part of code this guy is testing is does not deal with graphic intense parts of Android, the drawer and wall papers are graphics intense and could be being implemented else where and then thrown all together in the end. Or Engadget is just bull****ting to attempt to piss Droid users off.

    :)
     
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    So I guess the gallery isn't included. Wonder if it is gonna get the 5 screens or keep the 3.
     
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