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Google Details Major Android Update

Gordon Kelly


Google Details Major Android Update

What's the big deal with Americans and cupcakes? They're just small sponge cakes or fairy cakes - the things my grandma used to make when she didn't have time to make anything 'better'? Ho hum...

Anyway, back on topic and Google has announced the details of a major new Android update it has in the works called - yes - 'cupcake'. *sigh*

Listing a vast array of fixes, improvements and entirely new features cupcake will initially be launched on G1 developer handsets (snap them up kids - rubbish exchange rate and postage aside) and standout additions include:

  • Support for A2DP & AVRCP profiles

  • Faster conversation list scrolling

  • Video recorder mode

  • Video thumbnails

  • Music playback fades in after suspending for phone call

  • Updated WebKit browser core, synced with Nov 2008 WebKit version

  • Copy / paste is enabled in the browser

  • Find is enabled in the browser

  • Web pages with animations are 5x faster

  • Applications can now pause their downloads

  • Save attachments from MMS

  • Date & time displayed using user preference

  • Relaxed POP3 parser rules so it works with non-compliant email servers

  • New-mail notifications for POP3 accounts

  • New menu option to list running processes in Settings->ManageApplications

  • Support for new, optimized JavaScript engine (SquirrelFish)

  • Input method framework, for soft keyboards and other on-screen input methods

  • Tactile feedback to the LockPatternView

  • Hardware accelerated video encode (video recorder) in opencore

  • Streaming audio I/O for applications

  • Basic x86 support

  • Enable handset manufacturers to extend the Android SDK with add-ons
Yes indeed, it's a mega upgrade and one which pokes Apple's mobile OS X in the eye in a number of significant ways (MMS, Copy/Paste, Find, A2DP) which should lead to some feisty taunting in forums around the Webisphere.

On the downside no formal release date has been discussed as yet and it may well be that some telco negotiations are in order considering the extent of the changes. That said, I'd be surprised if it didn't appear at some point in Q1. Now only one problem...

...cupcake?! Sheesh.



Martin Leventon

December 19, 2008, 7:18 pm

For some reason I fear that us UK G1 users wont get to see these changes. T-mobile have only issued one update despite a fair few core updates from google.


December 19, 2008, 7:19 pm

@Martin - all the more reason for a developer edition ;)

Hamish Campbell

December 20, 2008, 2:01 am

Thats a right scary amount of updates....one might argue it was a bit underdone to start with, but still if that rate of improvement is kept up for a bit then Android really could turn into the OS we are all hoping for. Ooh the excitement.....I think I'll celebrate a....muffin, hahaaaa didn't see that coming did ya!

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