T-Mobile G1 US cupcake 1.5 update, nothing to see here

T-Mobile G1 US cupcake 1.5 update, nothing to see here

Summary: I posted that the T-Mobile G1 cupcake (aka 1.5) update was rolling out to G1 owners yesterday, but with no official T-Mobile confirmation and some confusion in the Android space I am no longer certain the update really is rolling out here in the US. Conducting a search on Twitter shows that those receiving the update seem to all be in the UK. There is also lots of confusion around the update since there is definitely a 1.5 update for Android Developer Phone models (unlocked) available right on the HTC site. People either have these ADP models or have already rooted and updated their T-Mobile G1 devices to get the cupcake update so it is difficult to know if people are all talking about the same thing. Can anyone confirm they have received the G1 1.5 cupcake update on a standard, locked, non-rooted T-Mobile G1 in the USA?

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I posted that the T-Mobile G1 cupcake (aka 1.5) update was rolling out to G1 owners yesterday, but with no official T-Mobile confirmation and some confusion in the Android space I am no longer certain the update really is rolling out here in the US. Conducting a search on Twitter shows that those receiving the update seem to all be in the UK. There is also lots of confusion around the update since there is definitely a 1.5 update for Android Developer Phone models (unlocked) available right on the HTC site. People either have these ADP models or have already rooted and updated their T-Mobile G1 devices to get the cupcake update so it is difficult to know if people are all talking about the same thing. I have only seen one person on Twitter in the US mention they received the G1 update OTA, but in the short conversations there it still isn't clear they had a T-Mobile G1 purchased from T-Mobile and not hacked or rooted.

I rooted and updated mine to see what 1.5 was about, but have now taken my G1 back to its original RC33 form so I can get the official 1.5 update. It was definitely a nice improvement with the video capture and playback natively supported, Bluetooth A2DP, and on-screen keyboard. It is now pretty funny to read about all the ways people are trying to "force" the OTA update on their G1s, that may or may not be available. People are hard resetting, taking out the battery, constantly going to the Settings>About phone>System updates screen (I am guilty of this myself), and turning their device off and on. So far none of these techniques seems to do anything, but I suppose it makes people feel like they have some control over the update.

These updates are being performed similar to how T-Mobile Sidekick devices receive their updates. It appears to be random and I am very curious to know how T-Mobile rolls these out and wonder if it is geographic, IMEI numerical order, or something else. To be fair, they really should roll the update out in the order in which the devices were purchased so that the first people who bought the device get the update first and if that was the case I would be getting the update soon.

Can anyone confirm they have received the G1 1.5 cupcake update on a standard, locked, non-rooted T-Mobile G1 in the USA?

Topics: Hardware, CXO, Mobility, Wi-Fi

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  • I can confirm I have NOT received an update (nt)

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    Michael Kelly
    • Same here

      Want. Cupcake. now.
      Tony Agudo
    • No cupcake dessert 4 me...

      ...yet.
      flatliner
  • I also have NOT received it...

    I only see reports of a few people on various Android related sites claiming they have the update. The only really confirmed update was someone on a rooted JF phone. I'm starting to think this is only rolling in the UK to keep the G1 their up to date with the Magic and the other phones that seem to all be going to Europe right now.

    I was also guilty of clicking update in the system settings lmao.
    storm14k
  • I was an impatient one

    I was running a rooted phone for a while and was running
    the Magic build of cupcake for a while. Just this morning I
    went back to the OEM stack and RC33 to make sure I would
    get the OEM cupcake update. I have a feeling I might be
    waiting a while.
    dromney
  • We ONLY desire the international character input method of Cupcake 1.5...

    Actually the New cupcake update is very desired by our chinese people who can NOT input the local character in the full-keyboard G1. This is the ONLY feature preferred by us than the Bluetooth/video camera/etc...

    Google/Tmobile and HTC made us very disappointed with the G1 product...
    guorui2008@...
  • Update in stages might not be a bad idea.

    Thinking about how I roll out updates in my small business, I think taking there time and rolling out slowly is a good idea. Could you imagine updating 2 million people and half of them have problems?

    Either way, it will not stop me from trying to find this update for my wife. She just loves her G1.
    stahler@...
  • RE: Is the T-Mobile G1 cupcake update really rolling out in the US?

    No update here. Have tried the system update check and rebooted many times
    bobgoulsby
  • RE: Is the T-Mobile G1 cupcake update really rolling out in the US?

    I received the cupcake update last night on my tmobile purchased phone
    DT12
  • Just got mine 10 mins ago.

    I'm online now trying to read up on all of the advancements. What a great way to start the summer!
    So far, I have bluetoothed my Motorola S9 headset and I'm jamming 'Humpin' by The GAP Band. I like the upgraded look to the media player, but I haven't checked it out completely.
    I've also took the tutorial to use the softkeys. I REALLY like that! Wait til you see the T9 choices for you to simply touch and add into your text.
    So far, Android 1.5 is off to a good start.
    QJam88
  • RE: Is the T-Mobile G1 cupcake update really rolling out in the US?

    I just bought mine, July 16th 2009, it has 1.1 on it and when I called technical Tmobile (non)support, it was like talking to a brick wall. They say on their web site they won't support manually installed 1.5, but the tech gave me the number to Android to find out where to download it.
    pabock71
  • RE: Is the T-Mobile G1 cupcake update really rolling out in the US?

    I have not received the update on mine either. Technical support was useless in determining how and when I'd receive it.
    pabock71