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The Verizon support docs were recently updated with information on a new OTA that should start hitting Droid 2 Global devices within the coming days (if not sooner). While the update isn't anything major, it still brings some notable enhancements to the D2G:

Device Features

  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • A Google Security Patch has been added to improve security level.
  • Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
  • Adjusted camera settings will be saved, even after the device is powered down.
  • Resolved possible device resets while playing music.
  • Reduced Out of Memory errors.

Email, Messaging, and Data

  • Improved ability to access and receive Gmail messages when the Mobile Hotspot is turned on.
  • Addressed error that replicated thumbnails in message threads.

Applications & Widget

  • WAV files can be played from Visual Voice Mail.
  • Purchased ringtones are now able to be downloaded, saved and used where appropriate.

 

2012-02-29 15h05_01

Okay, so it's not Ice Cream Sandwich, but at least it's nice to know that Moto and Big Red are working behind the scenes to keep older devices running smoothly, right?

[Verizon via The Verge]

Cameron Summerson
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  • oddball

    and somehow I am sure it will lock out all the currently used sbf's the way the X update did

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

      Possibly...  but I wouldn't say that's their fault.  They simply don't care if you are modding your phone and an update screws that up.  They can't possibly keep supporting phones if you mod them.  That's your (and mine) choice to mod your phone and we get the good with the bad with decisions like that.   :)

  • Haley

    Awesome to know that they didn't fix any of the irritating issues. Like how once every two weeks I have to clear my multitouch keyboard data because it freezes up and force closes whatever application im in at that time.

    This update is completely pointless. I didn't read one thing that it is fixing that I was having troubles with.

    • Juan

      Yeah, the multitouch keyboard freeze is a real pain in the bollocks.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

        This continues to the D3 and D4.  As I stated in a previous reply I hope that the ICS update to my D4 will fix this annoyance.  However for how nice the D4 is (and the D2G was for it's time) I find this just a minor annoyance.  It must be something pretty complicated if it affects the D2, D2G, D3, and D4).  I wonder if Samsung keyboard phones have this issue as well...would you per chance know?  If so it's an Android problem and not a Motorola problem.  If it doesn't fix that issue when I get my ICS, I still would not rather have any other phone out there than the D4.  Hope this doesn't turn you off on that phone if planning to buy.  It really is a good phone.  (I have no stock in Moto - just think they make some really underrated devices and not sure what the big draw to plasticy Samsungs are..)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

      This continues to the D3 and D4.  As I stated in a previous reply I hope that the ICS update to my D4 will fix this annoyance.  However for how nice the D4 is (and the D2G was for it's time) I find this just a minor annoyance.  It must be something pretty complicated if it affects the D2, D2G, D3, and D4).  I wonder if Samsung keyboard phones have this issue as well...would you per chance know?  If so it's an Android problem and not a Motorola problem.  If it doesn't fix that issue when I get my ICS, I still would not rather have any other phone out there than the D4.  Hope this doesn't turn you off on that phone if planning to buy.  It really is a good phone.  (I have no stock in Moto - just think they make some really underrated devices and not sure what the big draw to plasticy Samsungs are..)

  • http://none neal

    didnt fix the only bug i have.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

      Neal, what bug is that?  Maybe I can help.  Send me a PM on facebook.

  • boog

    I would be nice if the update notice had ANYTHING to indicate this is an Android system update from Verizon. When a message mysteriously pops up wanting to install something that is not identified or verified, it puts a little doubt in your mind. I had to search the web to determine it was safe. I mean, really, can you put yourself in the shoes of the user just a bit?

    • boog

      Sorry...IT would be nice. IT would also be nice if I proof-read my posts.

  • Sparkie

    Didn't fix my "random freak out and start browsing the internet bug" -.-

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

      Shoot me a PM on facebook.  Maybe I can help you out with that.

  • HL

    Had to get replacement phone from VZ to fix the problem of the virtual keyboard freezing and acting up. They claim it was the result of the previous s/w update and that whatever it did to the phone it could not be undone with even a hard reset.

    I am starting over today with a refurbished phone and 2.4.639. Wish me luck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Kucharski/721999992 Stephen Kucharski

      *This is incorrect and they should have known about this!!!*  They either lied to you or were ignorant on what was going on.  The keyboard freezing up is a known bug in GB.  It happened on my D2, my D2 Global, my friend's D3, and it has happened a few times (though must less infrequent) on my Droid 4.  

      There is a very easy fix that will fix this but no permanent fix.  On my D2G and D2 the fix would last 1-3 months depending on how much texting you do.  The more texting, the more it will happen.  To fix it follow these very simple steps.

      Go to:
      Settings
      Language & keyboard
      Go to Multi-touch keyboard (I know your hardware keyboard is acting up - trust me on this)
      Clear learned words
      Select "Yes" when it asks you if you are sure.
      Press the back button
      Select Built in Keyboard.
      Un-check everything (don't back out)
      Re-check everything.
      Back out to main screen.
      Power off.
      Turn on.  It should work just fine now for a few more months.

      The second part with the un-checking and re-checking of the boxes may not be necessary but I've always done it.  Some people in the forums said you had to, others said you didn't.  It's so easy for the second step you might as well.

      I had HOPED TO GOD they had fixed this in the D4 since it was a known issue but they did not.  I should point out I text a LOT and add a LOT of words to my "learned words".  The theory is somehow the learned words dictionary gets corrupted somehow and causes it to freeze when spelllchecking as you type.  The problem with this is I've turned off all the auto correct and stopped adding learned words for a while (on my D2G) but it still happened after a few months, also, obviously the virtual keyboard will still function, so that theory may not be 100% correct.  Whatever it was, this fix WILL solve your problem the next time this happens (notice I didn't say *IF*, it just WILL happen again").  

      Please don't let this turn you off to other Motorola devices.  I'm not sure how many problems you've had with your D2G, but mine was rock solid and I still have it.  I did however go through 4 D2's (several different failures of different sorts).  Something was just wrong about that phone (before anyone replies saying their D2 never failed, good for you, but I've talked to several people including a friend that is a NZ sales rep and the D2 was one of the most unreliable phones anyone has ever seen.  If you're didn't fail than you were lucky and like I said; "Good for you").  Eventually I demanded something different but still wanted a keyboard.  VZ agreed to give me a D2G even though supposedly they were almost identical phones.  They are not totally identical though as it's hard to tell but the D2G is slightly skinnier than the D2 and has some different chips in there.  Also; since we saw the huge time span between the Gingerbread updates for the two phones, they are not as similar as you may think and this goes well beyond just the GSM radio included in the D2G.  After I got my D2G the phone was rock solid other than the same keyboard locking up problem that you have mentioned in your comment.  I tried the trick I mentioned and luckily it worked.  I had hoped by the D4 that this problem would have been fixed but I ran into it twice now since the February 10th release date...   It must be a complex problem if it has not been fixed in all these generations.  I just got a software update last week on my D4 and hoping that they fixed that problem but I'm not holding my breath.  I would HOPE since ICS is so different that when that update is released it will finally fix this minor annoyance.  Even if it doesn't it won't change my opinion on Motorola phones - that they simply have the best build quality (other than the D2), and that IMHO the Droid 4 is the best phone money can buy right now - especially if you like keyboards.

      --Steve

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