A Visual Guide To Android 2.1

A Visual Guide To Android 2.1

Android 2.0 is very much looking like it was just a beta for Android 2.1, which seems, quite frankly, awesome. Here’s everything it has to offer.

The new, native news widget.

The native, location-aware weather widget.

Gallery: A revamped 3D photo gallery app pulls visual tricks like having photos zoom out when you tap an album, and load on a 3D plane when you move the phone around, using the accelerometer. And, galleries are background synced to Picasa.

The app launcher is revamped so that it isn’t a drag-and-pull menu, but instead you press the button and the icons zoom into place, kind of in a scroll wheel. (Though it’s hard to tell from this shot.)

Live wallpapers, which you can interact with.

Every text field is voice enabled, so you basically never have to type anything.

A few non-visual things to know about Android 2.1. Everybody will get access to it when it goes open source in a few days (hurray!). There’s still no multitouch. But! The internal storage limit on applications will be going away soon with an upgrade Google mentioned.

The big question: Will your Android phone get it? The official response is that they intend to upgrade every device to the best software version they can support. Not all phones and chips can support all software revisions, like not all old computers can run Windows Vista or Windows 7.

We know every phone that was slated to get Android 2.0, like the HTC Hero, is going direct to 2.1, though.