Verizon announces OTA upgrade for DROID in coming weeks

Verizon announces OTA upgrade for DROID in coming weeks
If you recall, back a few days after the DROID was launched, Verizon released 5 pages worth of bugs that would be fixed with an OTA firmware upgrade on December 11. Around the same time, we might see the OS upgraded to Android 2.1, as we reported previously. Today, Big Red released Android SDK 2.0.1 and at the same time, brought up the OTA upgrade for the DROID that would be out "within the coming weeks". Our previous story mentioned fixing things like the failure to support Yahoo mail. Today, Verizon talked about fixing voice reception and the inability of the 5MP camera to focus on subjects. DROID owners-what problems with your handset would you like to see fixed in the first firmware upgrade?

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20. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i don't really care for pinch zoom because it's just easier to double tap with my thumb if you're holding it in one hand. DROIIIIIID FTW. good bye crapple iphone. i will never buy you.

24. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

I totally agree. I only use one hand usually and the double tapping zooms to the size of the text I want to read and that is easier than trying to fit it to the screen with pinch zooming. When I had my iPod Touch used the pinch zoom and didn't know about the double tap and once I found that I didn't even use the pinch zoom.

25. Templer16

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 09, 2009

Thank you! Thats what I have been saying forever. Personally I feel pinch zoom is a more a gimmick over function simply because it takes two hands. I have used safari browser alot (ipod touch) and andriod (Moto Droid) and hands down I prefer the Droids. But for the win...a little known phone called the Imagio. The build in touch zoom bar is the best, fine tune of pinch zoom with the convience of 1 hand.

19. redman

Posts: 12; Member since: May 14, 2008

1. E-mail problem - I had the e-mail issue with my work exchange mailbox, the one that allows you to see a list of your e-mails but does not allow you to open one, it gives some kind of error. Luckily after hours of digging for a solution (not on Verizon support site, shame on VZW) I found a work around that did not require a hard reset and reload (although that would not have been that big of a deal, but I would rather that not have to go through that). 2. Would love native Pinch/Zoom 3. Multi-touch (perhaps this is the same as Pinch/Zoom, but I do not think it is).... 4. More and better games, I LOVE Zombieville USA on my ipod touch and would love to see this on the DROID, but without multi-touch the game play would not be as good. 5. Consecutive voice and data. If I understand correctly, this cannot happen with this hardware (limitation of current VZW network), and is not a very frequent issue, but the Apple commercial does have a point. Here is an example, I was using the AWESOME Droid navigation to meet a friend at a bar, and the friend called to update me on a location change (and the conversation lasted a while). Since this was in Chicago, I had to make some driving changes, and even though the navigation application does buffer surrounding area's, the navigation soon became invalid until after I stopped talking with my friend and let the data connection reconnect. 6. Map location errors. These have been far and few inbetween, but in the last two weeks I have had two locations that showed on the google map incorrectly on the DROID. I wish there was a way to report this instances or do something to correct this. Overall though, this is the best smartphone experience I have had, and I do take advantage of the multi-tasking all the time. I also just got the media dock (after it being out of stock for the last 3.5 weeks) and it is a great way for me to keep my phone charged on my desk while not just flopping around at the end of a cord. I also use the car GSP dock, mainly to just keep the phone in a safe accessible location that will keep it from getting scratched by sitting in the cup holder. I think it is amazing how solidly built the phone feels, which makes up for the slighly heavy weight.

23. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

It's true the voice and data at the same time doesnt work but if you are connected to wifi you can. I really don't eveer have a reason to do both at the same time but some people do and it would be nice to have but I think the problem is the CDMA network and not the phone but I could be mistaken.

16. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

Android 2.1-equiped Motorola Sholes tablet engadget.com

18. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Same article states that as-is that device is only usable within China's network. and that they're only "hoping" Moto decides to change the internals to fit into stateside network specification.

15. Entay

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 04, 2009

Anyone having issues with Droid switching between 1x and 3g while browsing and staying in the same spot???

29. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

no but im having that problem with wifi. it doesnt matter though, the regular internet connection is as fast as wifi.

13. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Anyone and everyone that mentions the flipping iPhone being on the VZW network should be hung at the town square. GET OVER IT PEOPLE.

14. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Why? The iphone is the best phone for what i want in a phone and vz is the best network why wont ppl want the iphone on vz is it because ur crappy droid will fell to the bottom of the pile?

17. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Calling the Droid a crappy phone reinforces two issues, one, that your personal taste in phones doesn't appreciatte the technology leap the Droid provides, and two, that not everyone sees either the iPhone or Droid as "the best" since "the best" is an entirely abstract concept. I don't own a Droid, and have yet to find "the phone" the best fits all of my needs. As for the iPhone constantly being pushed for VZW, it simply gets annoying after a while, when three things are clear: 1) AT&T exclusivity must expire and not be renovated. 2) The 3GS iPhone must age to the point where Apple would be willing to launch a MAJOR update. 3) It's more likely a VZW iPhone would be a 4G technology phone using an LTE/CDMA hybrid as opposed to a GSM/CDMA hybrid radio. Which is still a while's away before hitting commercial viability.

21. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

The droid a leap in tech? Really? That tech that only lets you download apps to the phone memory and not the SD card, that is a great leap in tech. That way your phone runs out of memory in NO TIME!

22. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

Obviously you don't know the difference between memory and hard drive space. Two totally different things. I have like 15 apps and have no problem with space that is on the phone. Plus I have probably 50 games for the NES and SNES which all of those games are on my sd card.

28. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

hawk62, i would like to point out that it wouldnt matter because the droid comes with 16 gb pre-installed unlike the iphone with 8gb pre-installed, no expandable memory, and the same price. not dissing the iphone, but it is a pretty big leap to sell a phone with that much memory for so cheap.

30. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

That's not a limitation of the Droid, it was on the G1 (I believe). So seriously, fact check before you open your mouth. The last thing this website needs is another uninformed hater fanboy.

11. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

None of this will matter once(hopefully in '10) the iphone comes to VZ. We ordered the the Eris for the wife yesterday, so i will get to play with the Eris and my iphone. P.S. I called the Moto Droid ugly in another post and some of you didnt like that comment. Well looks like VZ agrees since their last Ad petty much calls it ugly too!

27. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i think its ugly, but i love my droid. i think its what it does not how it looks. plus, its fierce.

5. gemini6991

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

The Eris comes standard with it( Thank you HTC), but for the Moto Droid Dolphin browser does work. In fact they just updated the app.That does have the pinch for the web browser and for pictures as stated before you can use PicSay.... Done and Done :)

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

the eris has it so got to be in the works

3. cdmta

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 03, 2009

Never gonna happen-they actually pulled dolphin browser which gave us multi-touch. but you still can get it. actually i think he resubmitted it again. so use dolphin for browser and picsay for pics and you have multi-touch!

8. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Wha??? It was never pulled, are you unfamiliar with how the market works?

9. cdmta

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 03, 2009

funny....lookup the devs webpage and read. then comment. ok

10. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Funny, that's my advice to you, dolphin has always been available. A new version has been released but it was hardly pulled, just updated. Do your research son.

12. cdmta

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 03, 2009

guess i like to make things up then. did you update to the new version? did you read his notes when doing that? or did you just click thru.......such a smarta$$. maybe start your comments with some courtesy next time

26. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

nah, Id rather be a smartass.

1. arty2hottie

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 03, 2009

Can they add pinch zoom to the phone with one of these upgrades

2. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Tell me about it! That's one of the things that is killing it right now compared to the iPhone. But still, it is a REALLY good phone! DROID FTW! :]

6. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

I am actually pinch and zoomin at this very moment on my droid! Dolphin browser works nice and has not been pulled as stated below. The droid destroys all other phones, MINOR glitches are not even noticeable and yahoo mail does work on the droid, sometimes I think phonearena doesn't even use these phones but rather look at them with the callousness of a 12 year old child tossing them around like toys.

7. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

DROID FTW!

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