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Confusion Reigns Over Major Android Update

Gordon Kelly


Confusion Reigns Over Multi-touch Android Update

It seems just about everyone has become keen to jump on the Google Android bandwagon in recent months and if most of 'Donut' pans out it's not hard to see why...

Late last week the first developer build of 'Donut' - the successor to Cupcake (yes, Google has a sweet tooth) - began doing the rounds and here's the impressive list of supposed additions it brings:

  • Gesture controls (pictured)

  • CDMA support

  • System wide search (pictured)

  • WPA2 enterprise

  • VPN support

  • Updated camera

  • Updated UI and animations

  • Compatibility Mode

  • Credential storage

  • Accessibility options

  • Speech synthesizer controls

  • New power control and text widgets (pictured)
Early reports are gesture controls are referenced in the ROM (from which these images are said to be captured) but not yet working and there is once again an extra level of polish has been added to everything which includes new animations and revised layouts.

Gesture control has long been called out for by the Android community but its presence has been thrown into some doubt since with Android framework engineer Romain Guy curtailing stating "Donut is NOT Android 2.0 and there's no multi-touch support in Donut". That said as of now the situation still doesn't seem completely resolved with claims of both its inclusion and exclusion having since been repeated.

Either way, my Synaptics interview last month did reveal that the capacitive touchscreen maker has seen no evidence that precludes handset makers from implementing multi-touch - despite the much reported Apple patent. Since then of course both the Palm Pre and HTC Hero have also implemented multi-touch so it could be just a matter of time, whether it be in Donut, Eclair or Flan (yes, they are real Android roadmap firmwares!).


Donut Feature List & Images via Android and Me

Donut Denial via Android Developers}


July 28, 2009, 1:19 pm

Having just got the Hero I finally have multi touch and to be honest I don't see the big deal. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have and definitely useful but it just doesn't really get used that much apart from in the browser.


July 28, 2009, 3:31 pm

Sorry, being a bit of a spanner here, but will this be a over-the-air update for existing phones, or purely being rolled out in newer models?

I have to say the ease and speed of updating with the Android OS makes it quite tempting. The HTC Magic is looking more and more appealing...


July 28, 2009, 5:28 pm


If you like the new style, the Hero is better than the Magic. The cpu/memory is unfortunatly still lacking, but the 5mp camera and digital compass are nice. And the HTC Sense skinjob is very pretty.

Oliver Levett

July 28, 2009, 8:55 pm

Donut isn't 2.0, and Cupcake wasn't 1.5. They're development branches that get merged into the main code base.


July 29, 2009, 5:28 am

Oliver - I take it that means this is an update for existing phones.

How often do google chuck out an update like donut?

Tony Walker

July 30, 2009, 9:24 am

Can't use Flan.

You'll need a long memory to remember the Home Computer that was to have been called this after the manufacturers found "Elan", the original name, was taken. They then found "Flan" was also taken and settled on Enterprise, which was the name of the company anyway.

Strange, I was only pondering this a couple of days ago reading an obit to PCW magazine from one of Riyad's former chums - Gordon Laing.


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