Motorola Droid Pushes 2.1 Upgrades - Multitouch Support

Franz Bicar

February 10, 2010

Motorola Droid was released with Google Android OS 2.0 and 2.0.1 with an over-the-air update for DROID in December 2009. A lot of early adopters felt left out when just a few weeks after the release of the Droid, Google released Android 2.1. Now, Motorola will start rolling out its 2.1 upgrade to Droid users.

The 2.1 update for the Droid will bring in multitouch capabilities to the built-in browser and for Google Maps 3.4, Google Googles visual search, and the news and weather widgets as seen on the Nexus One. Yet the similarities with the Nexus One end here.

Some visual aspects introduced with Android 2.1 on the Nexus One won’t make it onto the Motorola Droid. These include the new home screen with active wallpapers and the new 3D app icons grid, instead of the pull-up drawer tab Android users got accustomed to by now.

Multitouch is probably the most anticipated feature to soon grace the Motorola Droid. The Nexus One received last week a software update that added pinch-to-zoom functionality to the phone’s stock browser, photo gallery and Google Maps. Android has been previously criticized for the lack of multitouch support and hackers even went on a campaign to enable the feature.

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