Android 1.5 Released



The Android 1.5 software platform is now available for downloading. It brings new features, improvements, and enhancements to Android-powered phones such as T-Mobile’s G-1. The free “Cupcake” upgrade will be pushed over-the-air to G1 phones over the next two weeks, according to T-Mobile, but you could install it manually yourself.

Highlights include:

  • Fast, smooth typing with the on-screen virtual keyboard
  • Easy access to favorite apps, contacts, bookmarks, and more via home screen widgets and live folders
  • Video recording, playback, and sharing
  • Full web experience with enhanced browser
  • Hands-free calls and listening with stereo bluetooth
  • Lots of UI refinements and performance improvements to the overall phone experience
  • New APIs and elements to enable even more innovative apps from developers

Here’s a full list of new features and changes and the Android Developer Blog.

Android 1.5 enables video recording and YouTube uploading, among other things. Ustream’s Mobile broadcasting app currently lets jailbroken iPhones and Nokias transmit live video. It joins Qik, which already does the same thing. Perhaps mobile hotspot routers like the MiFi from Verizon and Sprint ($269) or the Clear Spot from Clearwire ($139), will soon enable live streaming via Wi-Fi from Android phones, too. Or is that wishful thinking?

In other news,Engadget Mobile got its hands on some AT&T internal documents, and one of them shows a new AT&T Android phone called the Lancaster. Like the HTC Dream, this model comes with a slide-out keyboard, though the front looks similar to the design of the newer HTC Magic.

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