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Just some thoughts and opinions about the 2.1 update for Droid. Yours?
y0diggity
Novice

When I first fired it up, there were no real apparent changes to my Droid. Not like the last one where the actual lock screen was different and was immediately noticeable. So just to make sure I looked at what I needed to look at, I went to one of the millions of sites that has the changelog posted.

1. Gallery is sweet. I really like the new layout and it automatically syncs with your online Picasa albums if you happens to use Picasa. At first I didn't realize that last part and I was thinking "Huh?? How did those pictures get on here??" The ability to pinch-zoom is a little clunky yet, IMO. I know everyone hates this, but my iPhone seemed to do a bit better job at this particular function. I really like the new ability to swipe your pictures side to side to move through them and the new onscreen layout in the actual photo viewer is pretty cool too. Essentially the same functions as before, just laid out a bit differently and they're a bit less distracting than they were before.

 

2. New weather/news widget is cool I guess. Wasn't really something I was all giddy about to begin with, but it functions adequately and the fact that it apparently follows your location as you go is nice, especially if you have a job that makes you travel constantly. It'll be nice to not have to go and manually switch my locations in the application to get local weather. I haven't messed with the news feature and to be honest, my home is in a rural area so I doubt there will be much local news for my area. meh... no biggy.

 

3. I'm in my office right now so I haven't tried the voice to text option yet although I did confirm that it's there. It shows a little microphone in the virtual keyboard next to the space bar on the left side. I'll mess with it when I go outside. :smileyvery-happy:

 

4. I like the live wallpapers too. It's just pretty cool to have that ability to have moving backgrounds. I've chosen the smoke one for now. It's just swirling smoke in the background and there are approximately 4 kajillion colors of smoke to choose from. Plain black and gray for me. Definitely a neat little extra.

 

5. One thing I'll mention is that the changelog talks about the Google Nav now dimming automatically as the ambient light gets lower - Its been able to do that since the 2.0.1 update. I use the nav constantly for work and that was my absolute favorite feature of the last update. No biggie, just thought I'd throw that out there, for what it's worth.

 

Most of the improvements they list don't really apply to anything I do with my Droid, so I can't comment on them.

 

Anybody else have it yet? Comments?

If not, maybe you could comment when you do receive it. I'd be interested to hear what others think about it. I know I'm definitely in the minority here and I'm certainly not trying to start a flame war, but for my purposes, the update isn't anything to get overly excited about. It definitely includes some cool stuff, but not worth getting too heated about. Of course, for those of you who take advantage of the things like Yahoo mail, etc, the update may just be exactly what you're needing. Like I said, just my opinion based on my personal usage habits.

 

 

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logicman
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I'm waiting for Motorola to post their change list for 2.1 @ Droid Product Support. It might have more info on bug fixes and other enhancements not listed by Verizon. For example the 2.1 doc that Motorola inadvertently posted a couple of weeks ago listed Ongoing enhancements to battery life.

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bkfist
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Did Motorola go with the Launcher2?  Where you can put 4 apps, 2 on each side, of the "tray" button at the bottom, or have they stuck with the original home app?  (If the "live wallpapers" are interactive to touch, then it should be Launcher2 and have a small square in place of the drawer - in that case try dragging an app icon - doesn't work with widgets. only app shortcuts -  to the bottom of the screen next to the app button.)  That is by far my favorite addition to 2.1 that I've came across.

 

I love the ability to put 4 "most commonly used" icons at the bottom of the screen so that they are avaialble on every single screen.

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logicman
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I'm running Helix Launcher so I don't know if the update added that feature, but Helix does. I agree it's nice to have 4 additional shortcuts in otherwise wasted space.  

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bkfist
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And more importantly, they stick to every screen. :smileyhappy:

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y0diggity
Novice

bkfist wrote:

Did Motorola go with the Launcher2?  Where you can put 4 apps, 2 on each side, of the "tray" button at the bottom, or have they stuck with the original home app?  (If the "live wallpapers" are interactive to touch, then it should be Launcher2 and have a small square in place of the drawer - in that case try dragging an app icon - doesn't work with widgets. only app shortcuts -  to the bottom of the screen next to the app button.)  That is by far my favorite addition to 2.1 that I've came across.

 

I love the ability to put 4 "most commonly used" icons at the bottom of the screen so that they are avaialble on every single screen.


 

Not that I can see. That would be nice though.

 

Also, I thought I had heard somewhere that there were going to be 5 home screens. There aren't. Was that supposed to be a feature or am I imagining that one?

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AFguy
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hey logicman, i really like that helix launcher.  thanks for giving me the heads up bout it.  :smileyhappy:

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logicman
Novice

Cool!

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sranger
Member

So far I like the new update.....

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logicman
Novice

It appears that screen rotation works better. On 2.0.1 I frequently had problems where the screen would not rotate to match the phone's orientation unless I repeated the rotation motion.

 

I have also noticed a potential problem with the YouTube player. After the update the Watch in high quality setting had been reset. I set it back and watched the video. But when I went to view another video, it was set back to normal quality. It appears this setting is no longer remembered. Has anyone else noticed this?

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