Motorola: Android 2.1 coming to Droid this week

Motorola announces on its Facebook page that an Android 2.1 update will be rolled out to the Droid this week.

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Just last week, the Motorola Droid got partial multitouch support with Google Maps 3.4, but that was little consolation for Droid customers who still had to look on in jealously as Nexus One owners got to enjoy multitouch in the browser and photo gallery as well as Google Goggles support. Well, retract your claws Droid owners because it now looks you're getting the whole shebang too.

On Monday, Motorola announced on its Facebook page that the Android 2.1 update will start to roll out this week. According to Engadget Mobile, the update won't bring live wallpaper or the grid app icon, but the Droid will get the new weather and news widget featured on the Nexus One.

Also of interest is the mention of upcoming announcements for Moto's other Android devices. The company's full Facebook post reads, "Hi all--we know you are frustrated with the lack of details regarding Android software upgrades and we sincerely apologize for not being able to share info sooner. We're happy to relay the 2.1 upgrade to DROID will start to roll out this week, and we will have more information to share on other device upgrades later this week as well. Thanks for your patience and continued support."

Perhaps Motorola Cliq owners will finally see the Android 2.0 update that Moto CEO Sanjay Jha mentioned at CES 2010. The fragmentation of the Android platform among various devices has been a sticking point with many, and it seems Moto feels the frustration too, so kudos to it for getting the info out there.

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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