Friday, November 5, 2010

Verizon Motorola DROID 2 - Android 2.3.2 update pushed out

This morning my DROID2 told me it had downloaded the 2.3.2 update (2.3.20.A955) and asked if I wanted to install it.

Install an update you say?  Duh, go for it!!  
But what changed?  What improved?  What's better?

According to Verizon here are the improvements and enhancement, with a few comments from me.

  • Improved battery life.  - Yet to be seen (some people that have been using the update for a few days think they have noticed an improvement, others have seen no gain)
  • Heightened proximity sensor accuracy to enable faster screen response. - It does seem a bit more fluid now.
  • View the Weather widget in both landscape and portrait orientation. - Great, but I use WeatherBug, I like it better and it shows the temperature in the Notifications Bar. 
  • Simpler setup, improved user interactions, and better notifications for Visual Voice Mail. 
  • Background Email Sync during display inactivity for better user experience.
  • Support for email domain suffixes containing more than three characters.
  • Keep text messages organized with chronological in-box screen. - I like this change!
  • Edit text messages after you’ve inserted a video file. 
  • Improved audio sound during recorded video playbacks.
  • Stream Guided Tour videos on device in Help Center application with ease.
  • Faster location tracking during GPS navigation.
  • Faster transitions between Wi-Fi and 3G in data connection. - Does seem to work faster when I move between Wi-Fi areas.  
  • Fixed Folder Issue?  - This isn't on their list, but I've had an issue where you can't open a folder.  So far I have been unable to reproduce this problem with the latest update :) 

  • New ability to add pictures from your Gallery to a contact. - Not sure what they are talking about.  I didn't notice anything new/different.
  • Export all your contacts to the SD card.
  • View details of Social Networking contacts. - I think this is a fix for the Facebook bug where a contact’s status covered up their phone numbers
  • VZ Navigator is now preloaded on device. - So basically they forced VZN onto everyones phone.  Why would  you pay $10 a month to use VZN when the Google Maps Navigation is free and totally awesome?

Here is my list of few things that are missing:
  • Notes field on Contacts still do not replicate correctly (Outlook, Exchange Server, Corporate Sync).  If you add a contact on your PC with notes, all replicates fine.  If you add more notes, they NEVER get synced on your DROID again.  Worse, if you add notes on the DROID, they WILL get synced back to the PC but will wipe out any un-synced notes (it will replace all the notes with what the DROID has).  If you update a phone number, title, etc., that does sync back to the DROID corrrectly, this is just a problem with the notes.  I was really hoping the next update would address this.
  • I personally like the haptic feedback but others don't.  When you disable haptic feedback it does not disable it everywhere as some would like.  This update does not address this.
  • With Corporate Sync, calendar items added on the DROID get marked as private by default.  It would be really nice to give the users the options to pick their default preference of private or public.  No joy on this one either with this update.
  • Still no task or notes build-in.  Yes, I know, this is a much bigger issue... but still, I miss my Outlook notes!  I am using an app for this now but don't really like having this info stored on a 3rd party server. 

1 comment:

  1. Any Way to remove Backup Ast and Vz Navigator


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