2.1 For The Droid is Near

March 16, 2010
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Android 2.1 for the Droid may be closer than we think. An official pamphlet has been discovered from Verizon wireless that gives specific details on the update. So we can pretty much put this in the confirmed pile.

The pamphlet was discovered this afternoon by the guys over at slashphone. Although the word Eclair or Android 2.1 doesn't appear in the pamphlet, all of the new features are those found in 2.1.

If you want to see the details of the update, codenamed software version AP: ESE53/BP: C_01.3E.03P by Verizon. You're in luck.

Enhancements:

* Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the browser, Gallery, and
Google Maps.™
* New Weather and News application plus widget.
− The Weather and News app pulls the information you want from the
Web and brings it to your fingertips. You get weekly and hourly
weather forecasts based on your location, and news headlines.
* 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.
* Live Wallpapers offer richer animated, interactive backgrounds on the
home screen. Access them with a long press anywhere on the home
screen. Tap Wallpapers, then Live Wallpapers.

Improvements:

* Free Yahoo!® Mail is now supported—simply sign in with your Yahoo!
email address and password.1
* Google Maps update.2
− Personalized suggestions and synchronized starring with
desktop maps.google.com.
• Starred items are stored and synced automatically between Google
Maps on your device and maps.google.com on your computer,
making it easy to search for places you’ve searched
for before.
− New night mode in Google Maps Navigation automatically changes
the screen at night for easier viewing.
* Improved pattern-lock functionality.
* Improved handset audio when disconnecting a wired headset.
* Email accounts no longer need to be re-entered after an
over-the-air update.

[via slashphone, Verizon]


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