Posted on 29 May 2009
We know we have said this before, but this time it is different, or is it? Engadget Mobile is getting word from U.S. G1 owners that T-Mobile is right now sending out the Android 1.5 OS upgrade OTA. The infamous Cupcake update includes items like a virtual keyboard, support for video capture and playback, better email and messaging capabilities and the use of third party widgets. Because it is being sent out by the carrier over the air, those who are the lazy, sit-back type will have a much easier time getting your handset to digest the sugar, flour and icing. And once you’ve completed upgrading your G1 to the Android 1.5 OS, you can start building up an appetite for Donuts, the 2.0 version of the Android OS. If you did receive a link to upgrade your G1, let us know so that we can move away from the starchy foods.
Posted on 19 May 2009
The Android 1.5 OS upgrade, known as Cupcake, has been delayed by T-Mobile for approximately one week. In a letter posted on the T-Mobile forum apparently coming from the carrier, it is written that the software needs a little more work to ensure that customers get “optimal functionality and smooth delivery” from the upgrade. The delay seems longer than it really is. As phoneArena recently reported, there’s a leaked schedule from T-Mobile’s internal systems indicated that 100% of G1 owners in the U.S. would have been offered the Cupcake upgrade by May 25th. A delay until June is in effect, only about a week later than the original schedule. The carrier will notify G1 owners when it is ready to hook them up with the firmware upgrade.
The Cupcake update will improve many things on the G1. Among the most notable changes will be the addition of a virtual QWERTY keyboard, faster camera functionality, video capture and video playback, ability to upload videos directly to YouTube and an updated internet browser. Check out the source link for a complete list of what you can expect from the Cupcake upgrade whenever it finally leaves the kitchen. We get the feeling that the Android 1.5 OS won’t leave the kitchen until Chef Gordon Ramsay himself finds it tasty.
source: T-Mobile Forums via BGR
Posted on 07 May 2009
After a few false starts, the Android 1.5 OS upgrade has finally made it to the 100,000 G1 owners in the U.K. using T-Mobile. For most of them, they will receive the cupcake upgrade automatically OTA. The G1 owners in the U.S. will get their cupcake upgrade at the end of next week. It will be sent OTA in a random order.
Among the new features is a camcorder that can be activated by touching a film icon in the bottom right corner. With the new video player, you can play back whatever you just recorded as well as uploading it directly to YouTube. Still photos can now be sent to the Google owned Picasa photo sharing web site and a caption can be added to the picture. We have all by now seen the leaked picture of the virtual keyboard for the upgrade. The QWERTY board will work in conjunction with an overhauled texting platform with predictive text options.
The second Android handset, the HTC Magic, is available through Vodafone in some markets overseas and has the 1.5 upgrade on the phone right out of the box. The U.S. version of the handset is expected to be named My Touch 3G and will have the cupcake upgrade installed before being launched.
source: T-Mobile, T3 via EngadgetMobile
Posted on 01 May 2009
Engadget and BGR are reporting that they have received calls on Wednesday evening from G1 owners claiming to have received the updated Android 1.5 OS, the Cupcake. As we reported, among the changes you will find is the virtual QWERTY keyboard, the ability to take videos and play them back, stereo Bluetooth and an accelerometer among other things. Details remain sketchy and we’re not sure if there is a certain order to the upgrade being sent out.
EngadgetMobile also reported that a person who works for the carrier said that T-Mobile would confirm the availability of the Cupcake upgrade for its G1 customers in the near future. Sounds like some of these cell reps have a future in politics. Here is the best way to find out if the G1 upgrade has dropped: Look for it!
If you are a G1 user on T-Mobile, let us know if you received Android OS 1.5 or not.
source: BGR, EngadgetMobile, more
Posted on 29 April 2009
After the good news about the notorious Cupcake update coming to the T-Mobile G1 owners in the beginning of May, Android Dev Phone owners are already able to download an official version of the update. So, we can only hope now that Deutsche Telekom (parent company of T-Mobile USA) is to keep its word and will not delay the T-Mobile G1 update any longer, bringing important features like an on-screen QWERTY, video recording and A2DP to the users.
Now that we know Cupcake is finally ready, we guess that the development of the next set of new features for the Android OS is already underway.We hope that we would not have to wait for it as long as we had with Cupcake (since last December).
source: HTC via EngadgetMobile
Posted on 27 April 2009
T-Mobile Germany has posted on its G1 web page that a software upgrade will be coming in May for users of the device on its network. Among the features that will be added to the handset is a virtual keyboard, video capture and playback, stereo Bluetooth support and what appears to be an accelerometer (translated copy from German to English reads “Automatic Adjustment of the touchscreen when the G1 is horizontal or vertical hold”).
As far as a similar offering for all of those hungry U.S. G1 owners waiting for a cupcake of their own, we still have no idea of a date when it will happen, but with the apparent May release in Germany, the U.S. upgrade shouldn’t be too far away.
Posted on 17 April 2009
Who said Cupcake is not released yet? Okay, it isn’t, but there is now a completely reliable way to get all those much-wanted goodies, such as an on-screen QWERTY, video recording, updated browser and more. The story is that a user, nicknamed haykuro, has managed to port the HTC Magic’s software, version 1.5, to the G1. Side by side with the folks at XDA forums, the advancement of the project continues with more bug fixes.
Here’s the moment to introduce you the two available versions of the port: the G line (meaning Google-sourced) and the H line (from HTC-sourced). What’s the difference? The biggest difference by now is the fact that Google has actually blocked the access to Android Market for the G ROMs. One theory is that the company has done this, because a G1 with the Android 1.5 version has been detected as an HTC Magic phone, so it wanted to limit such devices until the Magic has been officially released. Or… the other possibility that comes to our minds – the companies want to keep sales up. As the users have become tired of waiting for the promised Cupcake update, they have thought of their own ways to get the features, even push it one step further!
Then how come Google’s bunch of contributing developers was unable to deliver the much-needed features in such a long period of time? If these guys are so slow every time an update is needed, then this whole open-source initiative is totally senseless. Maybe we are just missing the idea – the companies might be as well holding Cupcake’s release until the Magic is finally on the market. Why? Well, what does the Magic have that the G1 doesn’t? On-screen QWERTY, video recording, updated browser… Exactly, the Magic will not offer almost anything new in terms of hardware. Even the QWERTY keyboard has been removed. That is why Google has decided to cut the access to Android Market for “rooted” G1s after a few days of usage – in order to give you a reason to buy the Magic. Users report that it is still possible to use the storefront with the H builds, so just go ahead and don’t forget that we would like to know what you guys are thinking on the matter.
You can download the latest version of the port here.
source: Haykuro’s Blog, xda-developers via BGR
Posted on 14 April 2009
As of yesterday, developers are now allowed to get the SDK for the next platform of Google’s open source OS, Android 1.5. This new build is based on the cupcake branch from the Android Open Source Project and includes APIs for features like a virtual QWERTY keyboard, widgets for the home screen, live folders and speech recognition. At the developer’s site you can download the early-view version of Android 1.5, learn about upgrading your Eclipse plug-in and learn what changes you will find in version 1.5. The SDK itself has been changed with improvements to the developer’s tools and will also include multiple versions of the Android software. For example, the early look SDK now offered not only includes version 1.5 of Android, but also includes version 1.1 so that multiple builds can be targeted with just one SDK installation. Google is telling developers not to release apps based on this version of Android 1.5 because there still could be some changes before the official release, which should be available at the end of the month. In the meanwhile, developers can download the Android 1.5 early look SDK by clicking on this link.
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Posted on 16 March 2009
Sometimes things just don’t work out well. We could almost taste the delicious Cupcake update for Android, which was expected in April, but now, it seems that the on-screen keyboard, video recording, stereo Bluetooth and a number of other features will have to wait. According to Betanews, Erica Gordon, spokesperson for T-Mobile USA, has informed that Cupcake’s April release is “just a rumor”. Well, there is still a ray of hope, since Gordon said she couldn’t speak for T-Mobile International, the plans of which may actually include a possible launch in April. However, when asked if T-Mobile International has confirmed the release, she replies: “Not as far as I know”. So, that is it, we wouldn’t fancy seeing the legendary Cupcake update soon enough.