March 16, 2010 was a big news day in the Android world. Verizon posted a PDF of what the 2.1 update will have and confirmed Nexus One for Verizon.
As for the update, the Android 2.1 Update PDF has everyone very excited. After all we have all been patently waiting. The document confirms some of what the 2.1 download will have.
To date there is no word on which phones beside Droid will get the update. When we last checked for The Eris their was no PDF. So we can assume this download will only be for Moto Droid.
Verizon Wireless new software updates for your Droid by Motorola smartphone. The Droid by Motorola software version AP: ESE53/BP: C_01.3E.03P update includes numerous enhancements and improvements.
-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.
-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.
This confirms many of the updates we dicussed in Android 2.1 OTA Update For Motorola Droid Is Evolution Working and some that werent.
These enhancements will certainly make the user interface on The Motorola Droid better. Combined with the recently release Gesture Search finding everything from contacts to directions should be even easier.
Verizon Hasn't said when the 2.1 Update will arrive VIA OTA. Some supposed evidence is floating around the Internet suggest it could be as soon as March 18, 2010.
If the date is true then its time to get ready. There are some things to keep in mind when the OTA Update arrives in your message box. The procedures will be the same as the Android 2.0.1 OTA Update .
Once you receive the update make sure your phone is powered up. The "Install now" and "Restart & install" options will not be available if your device does not have enough power availability. The system update requires 40% or more power availability if not connected to an external power source and 20% power availability if connected to a power source.
System Update Instructions included for Droid 2.1.1
1. You will be notified that a system update is available on your device. Press "Install now" and your device will power off and back on and the installation process will begin.
Note: If you choose "Install later" this will delay installation and you will be taken back to the home screen. The system update message will appear every 30 minutes until you install the update.
After you've received first notification of the system update you can manually initiate by going to "Home" > "Menu" > "Settings" > "About phone" > "System updates". Press "Restart & install". Your device will power off and back on and the installation process will begin.
When Verizon Wireless released the PDF for the 2.0.1 update the documentation was added to the site 2 day prior to the OTA. If what they have done in the past is any indication we should see Android 2.1 on our mobile phones by the weekend.