Droid 2.1 Upgrade Announced

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A much-anticipated upgrade to the Verizon/Motorola Droid OS will be coming tomorrow, beginning at noon.  Android Central broke the story with a release of the memo of release notes.  Further details are on the Verizon Wireless Droid Support page as well.

These include anticipated updates to the OS which appear to be giving the Droid feature parity with the Google Nexus One (also an Android-powered phone).  Pinch-to-zoom, Gallery, Google Maps, new weather and news widgets, voice-to-text entry, 3D gallery layout, and several small pattern-lock and audio enhancements are included in the upgrade.

Endgadget mentions the live wallpapers and that the Droid won’t be capable of 3D app launching like the Nexus One, but otherwise will be on par with the Google phone.

The rollout begins at noon Easter Daylight tomorrow, March 18.  It will be sent to 250,000 phones per batch and is expected to be complete in less than 24 hours.  Most phones should receive their upgrade notice by Friday afternoon.  Verizon did not give details as to how batches are chosen, but it is likely by tower location.  This “slow roll” method of updating phones serves to keep the network from overloading with requests.

Finally, the Droid will be on par with the Nexus One and the Android family can all be happy again.


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