Droid Android 2.1 Update Degrades Display Quality

Dr. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation, informed me that he upgraded the Motorola Droid to Android 2.1. It has taken a long while for Google to get around to updating the Droid to 2.1. All is not good however. Dr. Soneira noticed the Gallery app was downgraded from 24-bit color to 16-bit. In Motorola Droid vs. Google Nexus One the 24-bit color display system garnered a lot of praise:

The Droid provides full on-screen 24-bit color, which has 256 possible intensity levels for each of the Red, Green and Blue sub-pixels that are used to mix and produce all of the on-screen image colors… The image and picture quality on the Droid is actually better than in most computer monitors and HDTVs.

Fortunately, Android 2.1 did not mess up the Browser app as it stayed at 24-bit. Image scaling in the Gallery and Browser apps also degraded from the previous Excellent ratings in 2.0 to Poor in 2.1. Some upgrade. Source: DisplayMate

Update 2010.04.15: According to PC Mag the next update to Android will restore 24-bit color. It took quite some time to get 2.1 on the Droid. I wonder how long 2.2 will take…