Ah, the history of Gingerbread updates. We’d love to say that it’s been all roses and what not, but we know that’s not true. Unfortunately, some handsets just don’t go the easy route. There may be a few of you out there who have had Gingerbread on your device for just over a month now, but the rest of you DROID 2 Global owners out there got the update pulled out from under them before they got a chance to use the new features.
Looks like Verizon is looking to correct this, finally. Thanks to the Motorola DROID 2 Global update page on Verizon’s site, the full changelog has been posted. As we’ve seen in the past, that usually means we can expect the new roll-out of the update to hit the airwaves any day now. The build number is 4.5.608, which marks a slight increase from the previous version. While you can read the full changelog down below, probably one of the most notable additions is ActiveSync encryption.
Download Manager App:
New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
App and Power Management Details:
Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos, instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:
New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
New User Interface and Color Scheme:
New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.
Updated Calendar Options:
Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
Easy conference dialing – simply dial and automatically enter a conference code directly from your Calendar.
Email and Messaging
Sporadic issues with unintended recipient list corrected for text, picture, video and audio multimedia messages.
Exchange ActiveSync calendar events created on the device will now push to your PC calendar.
POP3/IMAP emails now show the correct date stamp.
New ActiveSync Email Policy Support for the following:
Data encryption for both the internal and SD card memory.
Require manual synchronization while roaming.
Allow HTML email.
Additional Device Features
Improvements in stability prevent lockups, resets and force close errors.
Bluetooth® devices will now select the correct audio recording level for optimal voice capture and alert you when your audio level is too low.
Improved battery life while using Bluetooth.
Access My Verizon without any force close errors.
Reset Backup Assistant under Manage Applications menu.
Enhanced connectivity when roaming in GSM/UMTS networks (Europe and India).
Improved battery life during Wi-Fi use.
Exchange ActiveSync encryption fails after OTA update.
Preloaded Apps and Programs
Amazon MP3 Store
Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2