UPDATED: Give your Motorola DROID some 2.1 love'n

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UPDATED: Give your Motorola DROID some 2.1 love'n
With Android 2.1 making its first appearence on the Nexus One, some Motorola DROID users may be wondering when it will be their turn. If you can't wait for the official update to be sent out, which is due the first half of this year, here are 5 of the newest features that you can install, giving your DROID that 2.1 look...now.

Fist off we'd suggest installing the new Launcher2, which will give you 5 home screens (instead of 3) and the new 3D program's list. Begin by going into the DROID's settings for applications and place a check next to "unknown source". Then download the launcher2.apk file and install it on the DROID. When you press the Home button on the bottom of the phone, it will ask you to open "Home" or "Launcher". If you select "Home", it will go to the older layout, but if you select "Launcher", it will take you to the new 2.1 layout. You can switch between them at any time (which will actually give you 8 total homescreens), or select the "Launcher" as the default if you don't want to be asked each time.

*UPDATED* 2/04/10
Instead of installing the Gallery app listed below, there is now a newer version that supports multi-touch pinch-and-zoom. You can download it here (gallery3dmt.apk).

Up next is the new Gallery app (galleryflan.apk) that once installed, will give you the same app that is on the Nexus One. Just remember that your programs list will show two gallery icons, as one is the older and one is the newer app. You can use it to view all of your pictures and videos, but the user interface and slick design is what makes this truly shine. We like that you can easily move between images just by swiping across the screen (instead of having to press the small arrows) and that files can also be categorized by dates.

The Music app (musicinstallable.apk) isn't as flashy as the new gallery or launcher, but it is still a nice improvement over the one included on the DROID. Once it's installed and you click to run it, be sure to select "com.android.musik" from the list. The new player has 4 tabs along to top for Artists, Albums, Songs, and Playlists, which allows for easier selection. Also, when you are playing a song, it will show it on the bottom of the screen while you are navigating through the music app.

The News Genie and Weather Widget (geniewidget.apk) uses the Weather Channel to pull your local conditions by GPS, and the news is categorized into Top Stories, U.S., Sports, and Entertainment easy viewing.

Lastly, there is the new Clock app (deskclock.apk) but you need to have the Gallery and News Genie/Weather Widget installed first, as well as having the physical Motorola Docking Station ($30) or the DockRunner app installed from the Android Market. The clock can be used in either portrait or landscape mode, and has icons on the bottom for the Alarm, Photo Slideshow, Music Player, and Home, with one icon on the top-right for Day & Night mode. Unfortunately, it converts the temperature to be displayed as Celsius instead of Fahrenheit.

So there you have it, five Android 2.1 apps that you can use on the Motorola DROID. Just remember that once the official 2.1 update for the DROID is released, that you should uninstall these first to avoid any problems.

source: droid-life



1. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

Be forewarned that adding the gallery and music app will leave you with 2 of each app showing in your apps drawer. And the launcher app has a tendency to cause the Droid to freeze.

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

ya i uninstalled the launcher app. but the gallery app is so much better.

19. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

I like the launcher. I was to stupid to realize I had to reboot before it worked properly. I am pretty sure my battery will explode though.

3. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009


4. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

I do like how they put these files w things you can do to your phone from time to time tho..

5. macron2000

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 07, 2009

Meh, I'll wait. Still not ready to risk it. Besides, VZW doesnt replace phones like they use to. :)

6. spk

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

doesnt replace phones like they used to? How so? I work at VZW and things have not changed one bit in the last 2 1/2 years when it comes to replacing devices.

7. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

what do you mean risk it? all your doing is installing a new program...try installing the gallery, it's amazing.

8. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

yah this isn't a hack they are just programs. VZW may get pissy if you root though but i can't say for sure.

11. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

If you work at VZW then you know we no longer do multi-fru. So not replacing phones like they used to. Tho this guy has nothing to worry about b/c device could always be wiped.

9. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

I can already have 7 home screens with Home++ which is has been free and on the apps market forever.

10. 203RichBoy

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

Thats lame and consumes to much memory.

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i just downloaded the new gallery app, it's a nice feature to have.

13. kellex

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 04, 2010

Wow you take all the videos, pics and info on these from our site and then remove the link to us. Cheers. http://www.droid-life.com

14. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

15. kellex

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 04, 2010

Haha thanks. Oh we just added the Google Maps with MT as well.

16. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

The launcher is great. One problem though, the words cut off when i launch the drawer. You cant see the entire name of the app.

17. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Gallery app works fabulous!

18. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Theres a problem with the browser. It always launches google.com instead of the previous. I possibly might uninstall the launcher ;(.

20. mikehaynes5 unregistered

Hey guys, do you have to have a rooted phone in order to install this launcher. If not, how do i go about installing it?

21. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

this is what you do...download the file listed on this article, and save it to your desktop, connect the droid to the computer, when it says usb connected on the droid, tap it to mount the sd card to the computer, drag the launcher file you saved on the desktop to the sd card. make sure you have a program called "astro" on your droid. dismount your droid from your pc, open astro, find the launcher file in the sd card folder. tap it then hit install. let it install...then, hit the home button, it should give you two options, hit the second launcher (it was for me). and there you go. i uninstalled it though because it was causing the droid problems.

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