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Future Android Update Status of T-Mobile G1 Unclear

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Aug 17, 2009, 4:35 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Conflicting reports leave HTC G1 owners without a real answer with respect to the G1's ability to update to Android 2.0 and beyond. Android software engineer Dave Sparks recently said, "There will come a time in the near future when we won't be able to fit the latest release on the G1 internal flash." The G1 (which currently supports Android 1.5 — a.k.a "Cupcake") has 256MB of internal storage, and cannot run the Android operating system, nor applications, from the microSD expansion slot. When asked to corroborate Sparks' statement, T-Mobile issued a statement of its own, which reads, "We plan to continue working with Google to introduce future software updates to the T-Mobile G1. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate." T-Mobile did not clarify or explicitly explain what "future software updates" means, nor did it commit to releasing any new versions of the Android platform for the G1.

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Aug 18, 2009, 8:50 AM

You guys need to visit the XDA forums...

Those boys over there have been giving us custom ROMs that allow APPS to be installed to SD Card... allow SD cards to function as swap memory for the OS...

They have ported HTC Hero software and widgets to the G1 and MyTouch 3G.

Android STOMPS all other phone platforms... they just need better hardware for the OS to realy be able to compete with Apple.

I literally keep switching back and forth between my iPhone and my G1 because I love both and can't decide between the 2.
I have my G1 running apps on the SDcard, about 300mb of storage and a 32mb memory swap. Got some nice Donut features too. I don't really like Hero, runs too slow.

But yeah once there are better devices out there Android will be amazing.

Aug 17, 2009, 5:42 PM

Can't run applications from the expansion card?

Whose fault is that, HTC or google? It seems like a stupid blunder.
Not really a blunder most phones can't run applications from a memory card let alone OS expansions. Look at a Blackberry 8310 they can not run apps from the memory card.
hmm i did not know this, is this true ?
GOOGLE, because i had a HTC touch pro and it ran programs from the memory card just fine.

Aug 17, 2009, 8:57 PM

Things like this are going to doom Android

Android, as competent as it is, is already lacking in polish behind more integrated platforms. Even the original iPhone, which is now two years old, has been given new features and usability enhancements.

The G1 isn't even a year old, and if it's treated as legacy hardware this quickly into its life span, Android is going to fail as a mobile platform.
Android won't fail as a platform. It has way to much personalization ability. I think what you will see in the future is just better phones. The G1 was a fast push out to get the name out their. BTW my wifey got the G1 and is already ready for an ...
You are amazingly wrong. Android is here to stay. Have you seen the Hero? The Rachael UI? The G1 is FIRST GEN. Let's say that again. FIRST GEN. Even the MyTouch has double the ROM, which gives about 4 times the available space. I've got 40+ ap...
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Aug 17, 2009, 10:24 PM

Windows Mobile 6.1 can....

I have a HTC Dash also with a 4GB memory card and I have all sorts of apps installed and running off my microSD card, it gives you the option when you're installing.
So does S60, I can do the same on my Nokia N95.
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