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Although it was expected that Motorola Droid would see an update around December 11, there’s a new mandatory software update available today. Information from the Verizon support site for Droid breaks out the following fixes and enhancements in software version AP:ESD56/BP:C_01.3E.01P — which just rolls off the […]

Although it was expected that Motorola Droid would see an update around December 11, there’s a new mandatory software update available today. Information from the Verizon support site for Droid breaks out the following fixes and enhancements in software version AP:ESD56/BP:C_01.3E.01P — which just rolls off the tongue, no? ;)

  • OS stability is improved.
  • Battery life is improved.
  • Camera auto focus functionality is improved, and time between shots is reduced.
  • Enhancements for three-way calling.
  • Audio for incoming calls is improved.
  • When receiving a call on call waiting, the speakerphone now remains on.
  • Bluetooth functionality is improved; background echo is eliminated.
  • Improved Bluetooth phone book transfer of contacts to in-vehicle Bluetooth solutions.
  • After closing a GPS application, the GPS icon will now automatically be removed from the notification panel.
  • Users can now receive SMS and MMS messages after an EMS message is received.
  • SMS and MMS may now be sent to seven-digit addresses.
  • Google contact merging has been updated to accommodate seven-digit numbers.
  • Visual Voice Mail notices now arrive instantaneously.
  • The corporate calendar widget user interface is updated.

Droid owners will need at least 40% or more battery power or at least 20% power availability if connected to a power source prior to performing the upgrade. Have at it when you see the update available and let us know if you see any other fixes that might have slipped in as well.

  1. I just got my update on my phone. Made a video for everyone who is interested in seeing what i looks like . BTW It is much faster
    Whats strange is that I have not received the update on my other phone. I wonder how they are doing to updates
    http://www.guysfromqueens.com/?p=824

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  2. As of lunch time Tuesday-12/8 I have not been notified of any updates. Live in Houston.

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  3. Does anyone know if this affects tethering using PDAnet?

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    1. PDANet app was removed from my droid after the update… have not yet tried to re-install

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      1. I wonder if VZ knows if you have pdanet installed , or if they can monitor installed apps on driod,

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  4. I just got my update, and I absolutely HATE, HATE HATE, HATE, HATE, thelook of the screen when you go to unlock ur phone. I want the old font back for the clock, and I want the unlock and silencing slide to be curved again. Is there a way I can return it to the old look? I looked through my settings and it’s not an option.

    PLEASE FIX THIS!!! I am a graphic designer and this new look makes me want to vomit. Or at least add in the settings an option to decide your set up. If there is an option that I’m not seeing, PLEASE email the exact place/menu to go to.

    Thanks.

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    1. I too HATE the new unlock screen and time date display! I searched for awhile to try and figure out how to switch it back, but no luck so far. It really annoys me that I can’t change it back, and I was already in a rotten mood today. I hadn’t had problems with my phone and was thrilled with it before the mandatory update that changed my screen without asking me.

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    2. I agree I want my old slide to unlock back! That curve made it unique. Please make it an option to change it its ugly

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    3. Urgh someone please notify me when this is fixed that update ruined my day.

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    4. If you find out a way to change it back let me know! This one is terrible!

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  5. I like this update and the new unlock screen. I noticed that the tool draw and the notifications bar scroll Much smoother. I’m going to do a bit more poking around.

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  6. I don’t like the new screen unlock feature either. Nor do I like the time display. I want to be able to go back to the old look! I really liked it!!!

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  7. Totally agree with others hate the unlock screen please share how to change it back it is hideous!

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  8. rocco fernandez Friday, December 11, 2009

    I like the new look after the update, but now all my contacts that I had transferred from my old phone are missing. They still show up in my call log and texts, but not on the contact list. How do I fix this?

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    1. I am havinh the same problem….any fixes???

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  9. I agree, the curved unlock was neat and harder to accidently unlock! I like that the google search bar has some space between the slide down notification bar. People say at times I sound really far away, I hope they fix that soon!

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  10. the cheshire cat Friday, December 11, 2009

    The new unlock screen sucks. Yeah we can personalize a lot of stuff but I wanna be able to personalize this. I liked the swivel much better, the phone could tell what you wanted without having to be ultra specific about where you touched, now it keeps getting all hung up between the two options. And the clock is ugly too, this may be a droid and a robot of sorts but I’m against the robot font. I know, how about a do-over guys…keep all the other upgrades, and change this upgrade to optional, can we throw in some more settings options too? I’m getting a bit tired of seeing people with the same interface as mine. I keep seeing all the ads for droid does…how about we add another function…droid does unique.

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