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Early Look Android v1.5 'Cupcake' SDK Released

Gordon Kelly


Early Look Android v1.5 'Cupcake' SDK Released

Android excites us on so many theoretical levels, could it about to become a genuine real world treat too...?

Four months on from news of the hugely exciting Cupcake update it is finally being pushed to developers in advance of a mass consumer launch. For those who have forgotten why Cupcake - or Android v1.5 as it will officially be known - is a big deal take a seat, prepare a deep breath and read:

* System-wide:

  • Refinement of all core UI elements

  • Animated window transitions (off by default)

  • Accelerometer-based application rotations

    UI polish for:

  • In-call experience

  • Contacts, Call log, and Favorites

  • SMS & MMS

  • Browser

  • Gmail

  • Calendar

  • Email

  • Camera & Gallery

  • 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

  • Works in both portrait and landscape orientation

  • Support for user installation of 3rd party keyboards

  • User dictionary for custom words

  • Home screen

  • Widgets

    + Bundled home screen widgets include: analog clock, calendar, music player, picture frame, and search

  • Live folders

  • Camera & Gallery

  • Video recording

  • Video playback (MPEG-4 & 3GP formats)

  • Bluetooth

  • Stereo Bluetooth support (A2DP and AVCRP profiles)

  • Auto-pairing

  • Improved handsfree experience

  • Browser

  • Updated with latest Webkit browser & Squirrelfish Javascript engines

  • Copy 'n paste in browser

  • Search within a page

  • User-selectable text-encoding

  • UI changes include:

  • Unified Go and Search box

    + Tabbed bookmarks/history/most-visited screen


  • Shows user picture for Favorites

  • Specific date/time stamp for events in call log

  • One-touch access to a contact card from call log event

  • System

  • New Linux kernel (version 2.6.27)

  • SD card filesystem auto-checking and repair

  • SIM Application Toolkit 1.0

    Google applications:

  • View Google Talk friends' status in Contacts, SMS, MMS, GMail, and Email applications

  • Batch actions such as archive, delete, and label on Gmail messages

  • Upload videos to Youtube

  • Upload photos on Picasa
Yep, this is Google's answer to iPhone OS 3.0 and the Palm Pre which means it really needs to be on the money and with a list like this is looks like it will be...


Android 1.5 Developer Page


April 14, 2009, 9:02 pm


But - still no voice dialling for UK users? aaargh!

Zero 1

April 14, 2009, 9:17 pm

will i get this update for my G1 or is google being lame and only releasing it with the G2 Magic? Really mobile phones these days has a shelf life of 2 months before the value falls to close to nothing.....


April 14, 2009, 9:59 pm

Wow, that's what I call an update list...

Now all we need is some hardware that actually runs it...

Martin Leventon

April 14, 2009, 11:30 pm

@zero Thats down to T-mobile rather than google. Google has been releasing new rc's all the time but T-mobile havent been deploying them. I cant see alot of the new stuff working overly well on teh G1 due to its near enough paltry specs.


April 14, 2009, 11:54 pm

This is the release of the SDK, the actual operating system upgrade/update has not been released yet. T-Mobile has so far indicated that this update will come to the G1, so don't worry about that either. I might be wrong on all this though, but I'm pretty sure.


April 15, 2009, 12:37 am

it could have a close fight for market share with the British contender :)


Oliver Levett

April 15, 2009, 1:21 am

Cupcake will almost certainly be on the Sapphire as it contains the SIP. Since the Sapphire and the Dream are essential the same hardware (might need the keyboard drivers swapped around, but there are no other changes) it'll be available for the Dream very shortly after it's available for the Sapphire.


April 15, 2009, 2:06 am

Anyone hoping T-Mobile will push this through to users better cross your fingers, as they have been rubbish at pushing through any WM updates.

Oliver Levett

April 15, 2009, 6:04 pm

The difference between T-Mobiles Android and WM is that they heavily edit WM and need to test it a lot (they can get the ROM with drivers etc from the device manufacturer, but custom applications, themes etc all need to be tested on the device before they release it). The depth of customisations on the G1 base is minimal compared to what they do to WM. And WM does actually work out of the box and there are very few changes to the underlying system between builds, whereas Android does get better with new updates. So there's less to gain by updating WM than there is to updating Android.

Daniel Gerson

April 15, 2009, 6:50 pm

Last sentence "with a list like this IS looks like it will be"... corrected by a Saffer :)

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