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After a lengthy wait and at least one delay, Verizon today began to push out the Android 2.1 update to its Motorola Droid customers. The update includes many feature I’ve enjoyed since January — multitouch and voice-to-text support just to name a few features.

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After a lengthy wait and at least one delay, Verizon today began to push out the Android 2.1 update to its Motorola Droid customers. The staggered plan began with 1,000 customers today, which is expected to be followed by 9,000 additional customers at midnight. Engadget says if all goes well by then, everyone else’s Droid will do 2.1 in a large wave on Thursday of this week. Here’s a listing of the features and enhancements per a Verizon Wireless support document on the Droid (PDF):

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.
  • Google Maps update − 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.

Having used Android 2.1 since the beginning of January, my opinion is that Droid owners are in for a treat. Android 2.1 brings a fairly large number of improvements and functions for a point release. We’ll all have different thoughts on what specifically will be most welcome in the update since we all have different needs, but voice-to-text and multitouch support in native apps are tops on my list. There’s plenty to like though, so watch your Droid for the update. Assuming all goes well, you should see software version AP: ESE81/BP: C_01.3E.03P by the end of this week, if not sooner.

  1. Um, yeah…. There’s not 1 credible report of anyone getting the 2.1 update from Verizon. And the fact that Verizon hasn’t even spoken on the matter I’m gonna go ahead and call BS on the BGR or Engadget tipster that kicked off this latest round of “The Droid 2.1 Update Is Rolling Out Today” for the masses to clammer over.

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  2. so are we to assume 2.1 will or will never be given as promised to Eris owners?

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  3. must not be worthy of an answer

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  4. I actually have it….the speech to text is great but some words dont work well. The live wallpaper it kinda cool but really useless, and the 3D gallery works way better!!

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  5. Any support yet for tethering by Verizon?

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    1. Andy (The Ronin Penguin) Thursday, April 1, 2010

      PDAnet is an app that will let you do that. I don’t know if Verizon has anything official though.

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      1. PDA net is great. Can’t say enough good about it.

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  6. The browser zoom is working well.

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  7. wife and i received 2.1 via OTA last night/this a.m.

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  8. Got the update (automatically through verizon) everything works fine. Only, I wouldn’t recommend the live wallpaper, they do seem to slow things down a bit.

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  9. I have a Motorola Droid and got my update this morning. It’s great. Took about 5 minutes. Checked my phone this morning and said I had an update. I touched accept, and it did everything by itself. Love the live wallpaper and the pinch to zoom feature it now has. The voice to text entry is pretty good too. The new gallery as pretty awesome also. I’m still playing with it and learning. I love my Droid.

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