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Android 2.1 Available From ACS and GCI

As announced last week, Alaskan wireless carriers ACS and GCI today made the Android 2.1 upgrade available for their respective customers to download through their websites.

Before jumping on the bandwagon, you may want to ask “what’s new” and is the upgrade worth it? According to ACS, these are some of the things you’ll find in 2.1:

  • Support for MMS (picture and video messaging)
  • Pinch Zoom Gesture Support for Gallery, Google Maps and Other Apps
  • Leap Thumbnail Views with Pinch Gesture
  • Enhanced Graphical Android Market with Access to over 45,000 Apps
  • Simultaneous Logon to Multiple Gmail Accounts
  • Bluetooth Contact Transfer Support
  • Improved Battery Life
  • Voice Dialing
  • Voice Commands
  • Active Call Screen with Speakerphone and Mute Buttons On Screen
  • Enhanced Camera Features Including White Balance and Scene Modes
  • User Dictionary Management (add, delete and edit custom words use
    for messages and typing)
  • Smarter Keyboard Calibration
  • And much more…

For now, both companies require that a Windows machine is used for the upgrade. ACS also offers in-store assistance for those that need help with the upgrade.

To download the respective updates, visit the below pages:

If you’re one of those that don’t have access to a Windows computer and don’t feel like going to a store, here’s a suggestion for how to install the ACS update no matter what computer you have:

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