T-Mobile to G1: No Cupcake for you!
There's hardly anything worse than thinking you're getting a treat, and then having it snatched away for a while, which is what happened to T-Mobile G1 owners.
T-Moblie delayed the roll out of Android 1.5 for G1 customers with the following announcement, "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."
While Google has improved Android several times since it came out in the fall of 2008, Cupcake -- which bumps the software's version to 1.5 -- is the platform's first significant upgrade.
Though developers have been playing around with the Cupcake 1.5 software developer kit since April, once the roll out actually happens, it will mark the official push of the upgrade to Android handsets, namely the HTC T-Mobile G1.
But the secret ingredient of Cupcake may be that it will support a wide range of phone designs, which should make developers and carriers happy.
One of those carriers is T-Mobile, which recently saw the G1 surpass 1 million in sales . With that milestone under its belt, the carrier is preparing to add a slew of Android handsets later this summer.
Still, some critics say some smartphone makers had to push release dates of Android models from summer to fall due to the delay in the Cupcake update. Google declined to comment on that issue -- as well as on the version 2.0 update dubbed Donut -- but remains optimistic on the promise of the new mobile platform.
"Since Android is available as open source, anyone can take the platform and add code or download it to make Android-related products without restrictions. We look forward to seeing what contributions are made and how an open platform spurs innovation," the Google spokesperson told *InternetNews.com.*