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April 3, 2010

Droid 2.1

I just installed (over the air) the latest OS for my Motorola Droid phone and so far it seems fine. That is, I haven’t done anything except replace my gallery widget and added the Google weather/news widget (which may replace my Weatherbug app.

With Android 2.1, Motorola Droid users will get multitouch pinch-to-zoom capabilities (using the built-in browser), the Gallery feature (for viewing images), and a Google Maps app. The Gallery app also brings the 3D layout found on the Nexus One, and — surprise, surprise — live wallpapers, which were previously missing from the upgrade reports. – PCWorld

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.

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  • At 9:21 am on April 3, 2010, archshrk commented:

    One of the new features I am trying out is voice to text. It works very well and is very convenient i can use it in the search field writing emails and even as i write this comment or should I say “say” this comment.

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