Mar, 17 2010

Good morning Phandroidians! Those of you holding a Droid may be delighted to hear that it looks like the update to 2.1 is right around the corner.  Verizon has posted update details on their website, and it looks like the roll-out is expected to begin tomorrow.

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Here’s the full list:

Enhancements:
– Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the browser, Gallery, and
Google Maps.TM
– 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.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.

You can see the full PDF here. Whether or not that’s ALL the enhancements and improvements or just key bullets is anyone’s guess.. but it looks like we’ll find out soon enough! (Remember folks, these roll-outs take days so, give it time!)

Note: Yes indeed, Live Wallpapers is listed! Unfortunately no, the 3D App Drawer / additional home screens – are not.

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