Android 1.5 "Cupcake" update released in the UK

T-Mobile's G1 handset users in the UK can finally upgrade their Android OS to version 1.5 with "Cupcake".

The "Cupcake" update has been widely anticipated in the Android community as it brings many essential features previously lacking in the first version of the OS.

It would take an estimated time of a minute to update and would be done automatically by the handset in most cases. The update is said to be 44MB in size and would be pushed to units over the air at random. As of right now, there is no way to trigger the download of the update from the handset. T-Mobile expects to get the update onto all G1 units by the end of May.

Of the many updates that version 1.5 brings, ones that stand out are:

  • On-screen keyboard
  • Video recording
  • Video uploads to Youtube
  • Photo uploads to Picasa
  • Stereo Bluetooth support
  • Better user interface

The entire feature list can be found here.

For users in the US, do not despair. T-Mobile has announced that the update will be rolled out to American units within a week from now.

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