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Well Android users, Android 1.5 aka Cupcake is finally here… Actually its been out for a couple months. The genius developers over at XDA have been hard at work for some time now getting stable versions of 1.5 to us long before T-Mobile. Read on for a brief summary of the Haykuro versions and a little about them, their growth, and where to get it. More >
ShadowFan2008 has put together a nice how-to in the forums for the AllShadow Community. A couple of notes first:
- Install at your own risk! Follow the instructions.
- Make sure the G1 is plugged into AC power FIRST. Don’t pull the battery. Be patient through out the process (It only takes about 15 minutes TOPS)
- There are bugs in this release. For me I have trouble with Gmail App and the Android Market. If either of those are important to you then don’t install this.
- About the ‘update.zip’ In the linked to how to it says not to rename the file ‘update.zip’ but just ‘update’. This is true if you are unable to see known file extensions. For example if you look in a folder and don’t see .zip or .doc after files then you have it turned off. If you can see extensions then go ahead and name it update.zip. If it says it can’t find ‘update.zip’ then you named it the wrong way.
If you want to learn more about the different builds of Cupcake, check of Mast3rMatt’s thread. There are also links to the older builds (like RC33) in there in case you don’t like this pre-release.
Thanks to Everyone who sent this in and posted in the forums.
From T-Mobile’s Website:
We’d like to provide an update on the rollout of Android 1.5 for T-Mobile G1 customers.
We are working diligently to get Android 1.5 out as soon as possible, while aiming to ensure a consistent, positive experience for our customers. We’re finalizing the build this week to ensure optimal functionality and smooth delivery. Therefore, the rollout schedule has been reset by approximately a week, and we expect all G1 customers will have the update by early June.
Your device will notify you when the update is available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
I feel your frustrations! I’m just going to stop talking about Cupcake until it’s on my phone. Enjoy!
I’m sad that I haven’t received Cupcake yet. I also figure that many of you might be sad too. There isn’t much love coming until July in the hardware department but what about software?
I figure a 20% off deal in the AllShadow Store might brighten a lot of you up! I know a deal when I see one. So head over to the store and use the coupon code EATACUPCAKE for 20% on all software. It’s good for one month (until June 13th, 2009) so that should put what you want within reach.
Eric, an Android Developer, has put together a nice video talking about some of the more requested features for Android on the G1. For G2 (aka MyTouch) fans, there’s a bonus, in the video he is demonstrating Android 1.5 on what appears to be the MyTouch (G2, HTC Magic). The features demonstrated include the haptic feedback on-screen keyboard, video recorder, widgets and YouTube uploading.
Mark D is on a roll this week!
This 10 minute video shows a preview of Android 1.5 (aka Cupcake) in action. What you need to know from the video is that the On-Screen keyboard is present as well as video recording and the ability to upload videos directly to Youtube. If you don’t want to wait for the final release to update OTA you might be able to get it ahead of time if you have a Rooted or Dev G1. If you don’t know if you do have a Rooted or Dev G1, then you don’t.
A Muffin is a Cupcake without the frosting. Android 1.5 is available as an early look to developers and it has a lot of chocolate chips in it! The list of new features, improvements and changes is long and tasty. Below are a few of the features most of you are looking for and will appreciate:
- On-screen keyboard in both portrait and landscape with support for user dictionary and 3rd party keyboards (skinners get ready!)
- Video recording and upload to Youtube (pictures to Picasa)
- Video Playback for MPEG-4 and 3GP
- Bluetooth Stereo! A2DP and AVRCP as well as auto-pairing
- Accelerometer rotations
- Improved Browser with copy-n-paste and search in a page
- Improved User Interface for in-call, contacts, call log, favorites, SMS & MMS, Browser, Gmail, Calendar, Email, Camera & Gallery, Application management
- Faster camera startup
- GPS acquisition speed improvement
- Widgets on the home screen like music player and calendar
- Live folders (?)
- Updated Linux Kernel to 2.6.27
- SD Card file system check and repair
- See Friend’s Google Talk Status in core applications that use Contacts
- Text Prediction (similar to T9)
- GLSurfaceView – framework for creating OpenGL applications (Quake III perhaps?)
There are more technical and minor items on this list. So who’s excited? This preview gives developers some time to ensure app compatibility as well as getting the gears grinding on some new apps. The SDK is for developers and runs as a virtual device on your computer. Getting it into your G1 is a bit more difficult and that’s why it’s just Muffin. Once it auto-updates OTA to your G1 it will be Cupcake. It won’t be long now.