Droid X users were not to be left out as a quick check of "Settings, About, System Update", and this user found an update waiting for download. Check out the initial thoughts after the jump.
Full details about the update can be found through Verizon's support page. The enhancements most exciting appear to be improved Froyo (Android OS 2.2) stability, a new data widget, and several pre-installs, including Flash Player, MyVerizon, and...wait for it...Madden 2011!
It's in the game.
I am not much of a gamer, but as a huge sports fan, I do enjoy a good sports video game every now and then. Thus, the addition of Madden on my Droid X is a welcome sight, and after downloading the update, I was anxious to see how the EA Sports title would play on the small (or big for a phone) screen. It turns out that more downloading was needed when I tried opening the pre-installed Madden 2011 icon now in my app drawer. After 15 minutes (about 12 minutes longer than it took to install the update itself), I was finally in the game.
It's only part of the game.
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a free Madden 2011 install, as the game that was included in the Droid X update turned out to be only a trial version. That being said, the demo lets you play a Super Bowl 2010 matchup between the Colts and the Saints. Overall, the gameplay was decent, graphics and sound were more than adequate, I like how the stopwatch slow-mo feature gives you more control of important plays. Faster than you can say "onside kick", the 3-minute game gave me enough of an experience that would tempt me to purchase the full version, but for $9.99 (conveniently in between the iPhone/iPad pricing of $7.99/$12.99 respectively), I'll probably opt for the iPad version instead.
As for the rest of the update, time will tell as to whether the improvements are noticeable. I know that Motorola has been working on some Microsoft Exchange enhancements, as well as responding to common user complaints about audio quality and volume. I'll continue to update this post if these issues have been resolved as well as whether there are any other observable differences in stability in general.
Update #1 (12/10): There's a new part of the dialer display that shows your most recent call in or out. The box also acts as a search engine for your dialer. For example, I could enter a few numbers, and there will be a dropdown that can show how many matches there are for the number combination. This is certainly a nice surprise, and a very welcomed enhancement.
Any other surprises found or care to share your feelings on the update? Please leave a comment.