June 10, 2010

Android 2.1 Eclair – What’s New ?

Filed under: Android,Gadgets — yoga @ 5:29 pm
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So the Eclair has been out for awhile now with the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S being some of the latest devices to join the 2.1 family. I was rather curious as to what exactly is new in the Eclair (Android 2.1) since I’ve been using the Cupcake (Android 1.6) for quite some time. So before I dive down into the nitty gritty of the HTC Desire let’s see what’s new in Android 2.1 (Eclair). Do bear in mind that HTC Desire is heavily customised and might or might not have more features/functions/eye candies compared to the Nexus one. More on that later 🙂

Speech to text

Voice controls – Was really looking forward to test this out on the Desire but sadly it’s apparently only available on the Nexus One.

Google Earth

Google Earth

Google Earth – The Google Earth app for Android will launch hand in hand with 2.1, and it does look mighty impressive from over here. It’s pretty similar, well, to Google Earth on iPhone, but there’s a new mode where you can apparently fly through the air like a bird. Nice.

Social contacts

Phonebook – The phone book now allows you to have your Social Media contacts all in one easy accessible area.

Gmail support multi accounts

Gmail support multi accounts

Email – This is one feature I was really looking forward to. I can now access multiple Gmail accounts via the Gmail app.



Weather App – The new weather app as featured on Android 2.1 will include dynamic weather updates that use GPS to give minute-by-minute accounts of the temperature, humidity and weather conditions in your current location.

Interactive wallpaper

Interactive wallpaper

Interactive wallpapers – OK, so this doesn’t really improve the functionality of Android, but it will make Android devices look prettier. Animated wallpapers are onboard, and if you fancy it, you can interact with them too. For example, if you have an animated wallpaper featuring water, you can press the screen and ripples will appear.

3D Wall

3D Wall

Photo gallery – A new photo gallery feature brings new way of viewing your pics to Android. Google took some of the functionality from COOLIRIS, allowing you to seamlessly browse your photos on a 3D wall. This I believe is also available in the Nexus One
Homescreens – The vanilla version of 2.1 will now ship with five homescreens rather than the measly three on 2.0 devices. HTC Desire of course comes with 7 homescreens for you to fill up with more widgets and applications, thanks to HTC’s Sense UI 

App Launcher – Android’s App Launcher has been revamped so you no longer have to drag and pull to get to the app menu. Simply tap a button and everything smoothly zooms into place.

1 Comment »

  1. Cool phone! love the screen!

    Comment by jardindesoleil — June 14, 2010 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

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