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General Confirmed: 2.1 WILL require a wipe

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  1. smacky

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    The race is on. Which first-generation Android phone will receive an upgrade to Android 2.1 first?
    Many thought Sprint would lead off (with all the noise they made), but they have yet to produce. T-Mobile remains fairly quiet, but they could jump ahead to Android 2.2 since Google is in charge of the software for some of their phones.
    Today we learn that Verizon has posted the details for the upcoming Android 2.1 upgrade of the Droid Eris. Customers will receive the update over the air (OTA), which is good so customers don’t have to take their phone in to Verizon. Other carriers like Sprint will be release their upgrades over the wire.
    Like we predicted, it appears the Android 2.1 upgrade will wipe the internal memory of the phone. Verizon warns customers that they will need to reinstall some applications, their contacts will be erased (don’t worry, they are all synced in the clouds), and some phone settings will return to defaults.
    The update is mandatory, so customers should start looking at apps to backup their apps (or just redownload them from the Market).
    No information was proved on when the OTA update would be available, so it could drop at any time. When Verizon released the information for the Droid 2.1 upgrade, it still took several weeks before they finally pushed it out (but they did have delays).
    How do you feel about a software upgrade wiping your phone? I don’t think it is that big a deal and it will benefit most customers by greatly speeding up their phone. However, I can also understand how many unknowing customers might accidentally delete some piece of data.
    [​IMG]"You will need to reinstall applications."

    Details of Droid Eris 2.1 upgrade are listed below.
    Enhancements:

    • Pinch-to-zoom is now available when using the Gallery and Google Maps.
    • New support for voice-to-text entry.
    • Whenever a text-entry box appears, simply tap the microphone icon on the virtual keyboard and speak.
    • New Gallery application with 3D layout. View and share photos taken with your phone and images from your online Picasa Web albums.
    • New Leap thumbnail view lets you pinch to jump between the seven panels on your home screen.
    • Additional calendar views and easier access to contacts make navigating even quicker.
    • Google Maps with Navigation provides free, traffic-enhanced, turn-by-turn navigation.
    • With the Enhanced Android Market, you’ll enjoy a better browsing experience as well as even more applications, including Verizon Wireless content featuring self-service applications.
    • Ability to log onto and access multiple Google accounts at once.
    • Support for 19 Microsoft Exchange Server policies makes your phone more secure and business friendly.
    • Desk Clock intelligently dims your screen and displays the current time while charging.
    • Location-based cinematic full screen weather keeps you on top of changing conditions.
    Improvements:

    • Free Yahoo! Mail is now supported—simply sign in with your Yahoo! email address and password.
    • Longer battery life due to power savings.
    • Improved YouTube video playback.
    • Better Bluetooth support, including contact transfer.
    • Automatic settings for POP3 verizon.net email accounts.
    • Added support for stand-alone Wi-Fi when device is in airplane mode.
    • Improved handset audio when disconnecting a wired headset.
    • Faster power-up time.
    • Improved swipe-unlock functionality.
    • Added support for Microsoft Office 2007 documents


    Verizon confirms Android 2.1 upgrade requires a wipe – Android and Me
     

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    Nice but since you didn't write it, I would put By "whoever wrote it" at the end, just a suggestion.
     
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    There's a link at the end, is that good enough?
     
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    link at the end, digital signature.
     
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    Good news, hopefully this shuts some people up.
     
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    oh my bad, I didnt see that, I just remembered seeing this same article earlier. sorry :(
     
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    I swear, and call girls bad words, but I don't steal. ;)
     
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    Don't we all? ;)
     
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    "Improved YouTube video playback." haha.

    im glad we're getting pinch zoom in google maps!
     
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    wish the live wallpapers would be integrated in officially :(
     
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    I bet it will, verizon just wants it to be a suprise :)
     
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    Even if Live Wallpapers was available, I would turn them off after about 5 minutes and never put it back on unless I was showing off my phone to someone.

    Live Wallpapers will kill performance no matter how slimmed down the new update is...

    Performance > Useless Live Wallpapers
     
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    uhh live wallpapers are intense.. i have over 100 mb of memory free all the time so im not worried about performance lowering all that much
     
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    I hope it really does fix the horrible BT issue with streaming A2DP.
     
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    Ok so all my contacts will come back by them selves? Or i have to do that 'sync' thing...ive never done it :( And what about all my stuff in the calendar, will i loose it all?

    If so, what should i do to save my contacts and calendar?
     
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    How did you manage that? I can get around 68 - 69ish *69 isnt that bad though :rolleyes:.

    Running ATK Pro as well.
     
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    It's not memory i'm concerned about.

    It's the processor, which there ain't much you can do about. :p
     
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    Your calendar, for sure will always be there.

    Your contacts, again, need to be Google contacts. A simple way to find out is to log on to your GMail. Look in your contacts. Are all the contacts in your phone also available in your GMail contacts list? If yes, they are Google contacts. They are in the cloud. They will be there.

    If all your contacts do not show up, despite doing a manual sync, then you have contacts saved as another type of contact, not a Google contact. I asked how to change said contacts to Google contacts, but got no answer.

    To remedy the above problem, an app is the best way to go about it. MyBackUp Pro is a good app as it backs apps, call history, contacts, settings, etc. to THEIR server, and you access it back by using a PIN and password they have given you in an email, so you won't lose it.

    I haven't had to use it yet, as I got it AFTER the v3 update, so I can't comment on it actually coming through, but as far as at least looking like it's a legit app that's got your back, it does that pretty well.
     
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    Seriously, I think Verizon is depending heavily on people having all their contacts as "Google" instead of "Phone" contacts, and there are going to be some really angry customers if their "Phone" contacts get wiped. In an ideal world, the update would back up the "Phone" contacts and then restore them automatically, but it doesn't sound like they're promising that.
     
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    Oh ok, yes all my contacts have google next to them. But im not sure if they are synced. I opened my Gmail but cant find where the contacts are located. Now if i dont have them there, how do i sync?
     

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