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Android 1.5 update now official

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 May 2009 22:22 User comments (3)

Android 1.5 update now official The hotly anticipated release of the Android 1.5 (Cupcake) firmware update is now official, says T-Mobile, and G1 users should begin to see this update soon if they have not already.
The official update list:
* System-wide:
o Refinement of all core UI elements
o Animated window transitions (off by default)
o Accelerometer-based application rotations
* UI polish for:
o In-call experience
o Contacts, Call log, and Favorites
o SMS & MMS
o Browser
o Gmail
o Calendar
o Email
o Camera & Gallery
o Application management

Performance improvements

* Faster Camera start-up and image capture
* Much faster acquisition of GPS location (powered by SUPL AGPS)
* Smoother page scrolling in Browser
* Speedier GMail conversation list scrolling

New features

* On-screen soft keyboard
o Works in both portrait and landscape orientation
o Support for user installation of 3rd party keyboards
o User dictionary for custom words
* Home screen
o Widgets
+ Bundled home screen widgets include: analog clock, calendar, music player, picture frame, and search
o Live folders
* Camera & Gallery
o Video recording
o Video playback (MPEG-4 & 3GP formats)
* Bluetooth
o Stereo Bluetooth support (A2DP and AVCRP profiles)
o Auto-pairing
o Improved handsfree experience

* Browser
o Updated with latest Webkit browser & Squirrelfish Javascript engines
o Copy 'n paste in browser
o Search within a page
o User-selectable text-encoding
o UI changes include:
+ Unified Go and Search box
+ Tabbed bookmarks/history/most-visited screen

* Contacts
o Shows user picture for Favorites
o Specific date/time stamp for events in call log
o One-touch access to a contact card from call log event

* System
o New Linux kernel (version 2.6.27)
o SD card filesystem auto-checking and repair
o SIM Application Toolkit 1.0

* Google applications
o View Google Talk friends' status in Contacts, SMS, MMS, GMail, and Email applications
o Batch actions such as archive, delete, and label on Gmail messages
o Upload videos to Youtube
o Upload photos on Picasa

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3 user comments

126.5.2009 12:30

I'm a little confused is this a typo?

Quote:
o New Linux kernel (version 2.6.27)

I thought it was 2.6.29

226.5.2009 12:32

Quote:
I'm a little confused is this a typo?
Quote:
o New Linux kernel (version 2.6.27)

I thought it was 2.6.29
I believe it is 2.6.27. I have not received the update yet so I am going off reading.

327.5.2009 14:42

havent gotten my update yet, but sounds pretty sweet.

the phone and applications are amazing. now im just waiting for flash and more video capability like avi/divx codecs.

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