Software Update: DROID Eris by HTC Coming Soon!

May 7, 2010
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Verizon has made it official, the Droid Eris will be joining in on all the Android 2.1 fun. The4 update is currently listed as “Coming Soon”. This means that the OTA could reach Eris users anytime now, I wouldn’t hold my breath on it though.

Time for a little bit of bad news, if you can call it that. This update is mandatory, I don’t know how they are planning on making it mandatory because when you receive an OTA it’s just a notification that you can ignore. And this update will wipe your phone so all you Droid Eris users start looking into some apps for backing things up, I recommend Mybackup Pro. All in all this is awesome news and it may very well be the last update for the Eris, Verizon has stated that they plan on pulling support for this device. HTC could pick up the slack though and decide to keep it updated.

Enhancements:

* Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the Gallery and Google Maps.
* 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.
* New Leap thumbnail view lets you pinch to jump between the seven panels on your home screen.
* Additional calendar views and easier access to contacts make navigating even quicker.
* Google Maps with Navigation provides free, traffic-enhanced, turn-by-turn navigation.
* With the Enhanced Android Market, you’ll enjoy a better browsing experience as well as even more applications, including Verizon Wireless content featuring self-service applications.
* Ability to log onto and access multiple Google accounts at once.
* Support for 19 Microsoft Exchange Server policies makes your phone more secure and business friendly.
* Desk Clock intelligently dims your screen and displays the current time while charging.
* Location-based cinematic full screen weather keeps you on top of changing conditions.

Improvements:

* Free Yahoo! Mail is now supported—simply sign in with your Yahoo! email address and password.
* Longer battery life due to power savings.
* Improved YouTube video playback.
* Better Bluetooth support, including contact transfer.
* Automatic settings for POP3 verizon.net email accounts.
* Added support for stand-alone Wi-Fi when device is in airplane mode.
* Improved handset audio when disconnecting a wired headset.
* Faster power-up time.
* Improved swipe-unlock functionality.
* Added support for Microsoft Office 2007 documents

[via verizon]


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