Verizon starts Motorola Droid Android 2.1 updates today

After delaying it for a few weeks, the Android 2.1 update for Verizon’s Motorola Droid (the carrier’s first Android smartphone) is finally starting to roll-out today, March 30.

According to Engadget, 1,000 Droid owners have probably received an update notification today at noon, while other 9,000 owners should receive it before midnight.

The rest of the users (more than 200,000) will apparently get the Android 2.1 update starting Thursday.

The Moto Droid’s new software (version AP:ESE81/BP: C_01.3E.03P) will bring several enhancements and new features, including Pinch-to-zoom (for the Browser, Maps, and Gallery), Yahoo Mail support, Speech-to-text, 3D layout for the Gallery application, and Google Goggles.

The Android 2.1 software update will be made over the air (OTA). Keep in mind that “you will be unable to use your device or make emergency calls for the duration of the install. “

As a reminder, Sprint should also update its Samsung Moment and HTC Hero to Android 2.1 soon – in April.

Author: Ilinca Nita

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