The Google Nexus One smartphone is losing its status as the only device with an official build of Google Android 2.1 today. Verizon is pushing an update to Droid users that will upgrade the operating system from Android 2.0 to 2.1.
While Droid users won’t get the 3D program launcher from the Nexus One, the update does offer the following new features:
- Support for multitouch gestures, such as pinch to zoom in the browser, gallery, and Google Maps applications
- New weather and news widget
- Voice-to-text support in text entry areas
- 3D gallery application
- Live wallpapers (desktop wallpapers with moving elements)
- New version of Google Maps
Droid users should receive a notification of the software update soon. Just follow the prompts to install Android 2.1, but if you need help, or just want to know what to expect, you can check out Verizon’s support page.
Update: Word on the street is that Verizon will start pushing the over the air update on Thursday, March 18th.
Update the second: It looks like the rollout has been postponed indefinitely.