May, 12 2010

Several HTC Droid Eris users on Verizon will be happy to know that they weren’t forgotten as Big Red rolled out the Android 2.1 update that was rumored to be released yesterday. The update (ROM: 2.36.605.1/Radio: fixes a number of bugs, improves on several areas of the phone’s functionality, and – of course – brings a sweet helping of Eclair to some once-jaded users.


I say once-jaded because of the rumors that the Droid Eris would be seeing its walking papers sooner than expected. While the rumored halt on production doesn’t necessarily mean a halt on support and updates, it comforts us to know that tons of Droid Eris users have not been forgotten after all. You can find the update by going to Settings > About Phone > System Update (that’s if the update hasn’t been pushed to you already). Read ahead for details on what you’ll be enjoying.

 Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the Gallery and
Google Maps.™
 New support for voice-to-text entry.
 New Leap thumbnail view lets you pinch to jump between the
seven panels on your home screen.
 Additional calendar views and easier access to contacts make
navigating even quicker.
 Google Maps with Navigation provides free, traffic-enhanced,
turn-by-turn navigation.
 With the Enhanced Android Market,™ you’ll enjoy a better
browsing experience as well as even more applications, including
Verizon Wireless content featuring self-service applications.
 Ability to log onto and access multiple Google accounts at once.
 Support for 19 Microsoft® Exchange Server policies makes your
phone more secure and business friendly.1
 Desk Clock intelligently dims your screen and displays the current
time while charging.
 Location-based cinematic full screen weather keeps you on top of
changing conditions.

 Free Yahoo!® Mail is now supported—simply sign in with your
Yahoo! email address and password.2
 Longer battery life due to power savings.
 Improved YouTube® video playback.
 Better Bluetooth® support, including contact transfer.
 Automatic settings for POP3 email accounts.
 Added support for stand-alone Wi-Fi when device is in
airplane mode.
 Improved handset audio when disconnecting a wired headset.
 Faster power-up time.
 Improved swipe-unlock functionality.
 Added support for Microsoft Office 2007 documents.

[image courtesy of Engadget]

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