Hello Cupcake: Android 1.5 OTA Updates Reported
Article by George Norman
On 04 May 2009
Following the news that Google put out the final version of Android 1.5 SDK (Software Developer Development Kit), reports on the web have it that the 1.5 version of the Android OS, codename Cupcake, is being pushed over the air (OTA). Several G1 owners are reporting the fact that they received the update OTA, thus getting to benefit from the new features and improvements the OS update has to offer. The interesting thing is that T-Mobile USA has not officially confirmed the Cupcake’s OTA release.

It seems that for the time being, only a select few G1 users have received the Android 1.5 update, but it can’t be long until all G1 users will get a piece of the Cupcake. When they do get the update, here us what they can expect to get with it:

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- On-screen soft keyboard with: portrait and landscape support, 3rd party keyboards support, user dictionary (for custom words).
- Home screen with: Widgets (analog clock, calendar, music player, picture frame, and search) and Live folders.
- Camera & Gallery to include video recording and video playback for supported formats.
- Bluetooth to support for stereo Bluetooth, auto-pairing, and an enhanced handsfree experience.
- Browser will feature: copy and paste, search, user-selectable text-encoding, UI changes (tabbed bookmarks/history/most-visited screen and unified Go and Search box).
- Contacts with: user picture for Favorites, events in call log display specific date and time stamp, access contacts from a call event log with a single touch.
- Linux kernel 2.6.27
- SIM Application Toolkit 1.0
- Google apps with: upload support for YouTube and Picasa, batch actions for Gmail messages (archive, delete, and label), and the option to view Google Talk friends' status in Contacts, SMS, MMS, GMail, and Email applications.
- Accelerometer-based application rotations.

In related news, Google and 45 other members of the Open Handset Alliance including Motorola, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba are being sued by Erich Specht over the Android name. Erich Specht was given trademark rights for the Android name by the US Patent and Trademark Office 5 years ago; now we has filed a complaint with a Chicago federal court asking Google to pay millions in damages and cease using the name Android.



Tags: Google, Android, Cupcake, OTA, OHA
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