Jun 15 AT 12:49 PM Alberto Vildosola 27 Comments

Gingerbread finally arrives on Verizon’s Droid 2 Global, tons of improvements in tow

Droid 2 Global’s users rejoice. You can now join the somewhat exclusive club of people that own a Gingerbread-powered Android device. Verizon announced this morning that Droid 2 Global users can now download the much-desired OTA update right from their phones. Menu Key > Settings > About phone > System Updates > Download, and that’s it. Thirty to sixty minutes later you’re rocking Gingerbread on your phone like nobody’s business.

Aside from the usual stability and performance improvements, this update also brings a handful of new features to the Droid 2 Global, like:

  • Download Manager App
  • App and Power Management Details
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme
  • Customizable Dock Icons
  • Custom App Groups
  • Device and SD Card encryption
  • And a whole lot more. Just take a look at Verizon’s website.

The Droid 2 Global is now part of a growing list of devices that run on Android’s latest and greatest. Still, only 9.2% of Android devices have Gingerbread. Compare that to the massive 64.6% that are powered by the year-old Android 2.2 Froyo. Or the 21.2% that are still running Eclair.

It’s even worse than it looks when you consider Gingerbread’s source code was released seven months ago. Think about that for a second. Seven months after release, the OS is only running on 9.2 percent of all Android devices. That’s ridiculous. It’s like OEMs decided Froyo is good enough and just stopped there. I don’t know if Google feels this is a problem for the platform, but it’s definitely not helping.

Source: Verizon

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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