It's official; T-Mobile G1 Android 1.5 update coming next week

It's official; T-Mobile G1 Android 1.5 update coming next week

Summary: I jumped the gun and believed a few other sites when I reported that the T-Mobile G1 1.5 update was rolling out to US owners. I then did a bit more digging and found out that the update wasn't actually rolling. I am happy to now report I received the official message from T-Mobile USA and T-Mobile G1 customers can expect the Android 1.5 update to start rolling out over the air at the end of next week with all customers receiving it by the end of May.

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I jumped the gun and believed a few other sites when I reported that the T-Mobile G1 1.5 update was rolling out to US owners. I then did a bit more digging and found out that the update wasn't actually rolling. I am happy to now report I received the official message from T-Mobile USA and T-Mobile G1 customers can expect the Android 1.5 update to start rolling out over the air at the end of next week with all customers receiving it by the end of May.

The update features the following improvements:

  • An on screen full QWERTY keyboard.
  • Video record and playback capabilities.
  • Easy uploading of photos to Picasa and videos to YouTube.

Since I mainly use my G1 as a "hobby" phone I went ahead and rooted and updated it already with the JF ROM and am quite happy with my G1. I may take it back to stock condition and wait for the update, but this JF update adds in multi-touch pinch and zoom to the browser so it may be a better custom ROM to stick with instead of the official ROM.

You can find additional details on the Android 1.5 update on the T-Mobile G1 forum or at the Android site.

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  • I went with the JF ROM too

    I don't see any advantage in waiting for the official release. Even if you need to go back to the official release because something gets hosed, as long as you handle the JF updates correctly you always fall back to a backup.

    There are some nice updates to the software. I especially like the fact that you do not have to scroll all the way to the bottom of an e-mail to delete it in the Gmail app. I also like the on screen keyboard but also like the fact that I do *not* have to use it. I also like the auto-rotation that iPhone users have been enjoying since the beginning.

    But by far the biggest thing I'm liking about the Cupcake update is the fact that my stereo Bluetooth headset finally works. This makes it better than using my iPod for music by a mile. I also love the way it handles the Bluetooth. Other phones I've had are quite random in whether or not it decides to use the Bluetooth even if it is obviously paired and connected, but with the G1 if it's connected it gets used unless otherwise told, which is how I like it (if I didn't want to use it, it would be turned off).
    Michael Kelly