Early Look Android v1.5 ‘Cupcake’ SDK Released

All the additions you wanted plus a whole lot more...

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