Tag Archive for "Android 2.1" - Arun's Blog

Apr

08

Posted by : Arun | On : April 8, 2010

You might have read my earlier post about Android 2.1 update on my Droid. After I got the update, I thought I would go and download Google Earth from the Apps market, but unfortunately it wasn’t available. When Nexus One was released with Android 2.1, Google announced that Google Earth would be available to other phones once they move to Android 2.1. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available when Droid went to Android 2.1. Now it’s back on Android Market. Go to Android Market and search for Google Earth, download and install. I installed it on my Droid and it worked fine.

It’s similar to Google Maps, but as with the desktop version, you can view 3D imagery & terrains. With the mobile version of Google Earth, you can travel around the globe with the swipe of a finger or a simple voice command — Android’s voice recognition together with Google Local Search make it easy for you to search for cities, places, and businesses anywhere in the world. You can also browse layers of geographic information including roads, borders, Panoramio photos, and more.

Google Earth should run fine on most of the Android devices running Android 2.1, but if the device lacks hardware floating point acceleration, then it won’t run. Google Earth won’t work on myTouch 3G and Droid Eris even if they go to Android 2.1.
Source: Google Lat Long blog.

Google Earth on Nexus One

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Apr

06

Posted by : Arun | On : April 6, 2010

I finally got the Android 2.1 update on my Droid today. The installation was smooth and no user interaction was needed other than clicking Install Now. Android 2.1 gets quite a few enhancements, but not all were implemented in Droid’s update (highlighted in bold) and that sucks. Here are the list of features that Android 2.1 added and whether it’s available in Droid or not.

  • Live Wallpapers – It’s part of Droid update and it’s cool. You will get 10+ live wallpapers.
  • Additional home screens – Android 2.1 increased the home screens from 3 to 5, but Motorola didn’t get that to Droid. That sucks big time. I have trouble deciding which Apps & widgets to keep since my home screen is already cramped. I was expecting this update and was disappointed.
  • Home screen Navigation – Android 2.1 added thumbnail-based navigation system that allows you to quickly jump to any screen. The thumbnail system gives you the option to also see small icons of all five screens and tap directly on any one to jump straight to it.This is also missing in Droid.
  • New App launcher – Compared to the drawer-like look seen in previous versions, where the app list would slide up from the bottom of the screen, the 2.1 app launcher flies the icons in from the corners of the screen while fading in a dark background behind them. It then uses a rolling effect as you scroll down through the list.This is also missing in Droid. Big disappointment.
  • Voice typing for all text fields – I haven’t tried this yet, so I’m not sure if it’s available or not.
  • New News and Weather widget – It’s cool and is available for Droid.
  • 3D Photo Gallery – It’s part of Droid. It’s one of the best update for Android 2.1. The photos are shown in 3D view and responds to your phone shake. It also integrates with your Picasa account and displays your online albums. I love this feature.
  • New Music App – Though I like the old one, this tab based one is also cool. It’s part of the Droid update.
  • Multi Touch – Multi Touch worked in the maps, but it didn’t work in the browser for me.

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Feb

22

Posted by : Arun | On : February 22, 2010

Google Earth is now available for Android, but what sucks is, it’s available for Android 2.1 only. That means anyone who’s not using Nexus One won’t be able to install it, including Droid users. According to Google, this is their fastest mobile version of Google Earth yet, with a smooth framerate and 800 x 480 resolution. Google Earth for Android also contains the Roads layer, which lets you get a better sense of where you are with road labels drawn on top of the satellite imagery.

Google Earth also supports voice commands. With Google Earth for Android, Google has brought together Google Search by voice with the power of Google Local Search to make it easier than ever to navigate the globe and find whatever you are looking for. As with other versions of Google Earth, you can also browse photos, places, and local businesses.

I don’t understand why they can’t release it for Android 2.0. As reported in the web, it seems like Google gives special preference to Nexus One owners before they release it to others? Next step, release Android 2.2+ to Nexus One owners and any new application released after that will support Android 2.2+ only and others won’t get Android 2.2+ for few months?


Credit: Google Mobile.

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Feb

09

Posted by : Arun | On : February 9, 2010

Motorola announced in it’s Facebook page (picture below) that it’ll start rolling out Android 2.1 upgrade for Droid starting this week. It’s a good news. This will bring Droid to the same level as Google Nexus One on the software side. Android 2.1 got some good new features like Live Wallpaper, new widgets, speech to text enabled for most of the applications, Google Earth Apps for Android 2.1, Multiple accounts in the inbox, five home screens instead of 3, Cooliris – a new cool photo viewing app etc.

Update: Motorola now says the update is coming soon, but not this week.

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