For months Droid owners were told by Verizon that the Android 2.1 release was coming. As recently as this week, Verizon said today would be the day. Well, apparently not. Verizon delayed the release, yet again with no public explation. Engadget got a hold of an internal company documentation that state the update won't be going down today, and its actually not clear, when it will happen. From the document
- "The OTA software update for the Droid by Motorola is TBD. A new date will be communicated as soon as possible.
- The 3/18 OTA software update will not happen as planned. A new date will be communicated as soon as possible."
It's official, Verizon says the much anticipated Android 2.1 software for the Motorola Droid will be released on Thursday. Among the upgraded features are multitouch pinch-to zoom, live wallpaper, and news/weather widgets. Droid owners have been eagerly awaiting the update ever since Motorola announced it would arrive in early February.
One of the biggest knocks of the Droid upon its release was the clunky zoom feature. With Android 2.1, the Droid will featurea a new multitouch pinch-to-zoom feauture in the browser, Google Maps app, and for images (similar to the iPhone). Like the Nexus One, Droid owners will also have the chance to download live animated wallpapers and themes.
Also on the Android 2.1 are new weather and news widgets that display feeds and info on the Droid's front screen. There will also be an improved pattern-lock functionality and automatic nigh-mode switch in Google Maps.
One of the coolest features, is support for voice-to-text entry. Coupled with the free text-to-voice app, this could keep alot of driver's eyes off their phones keyboards and screens.
Check our review below for more features of the Motorola Droid.