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Rumor: G1 may not see major Android upgrades Donut, or Eclair

August 17, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

Android News, Firmware updates

Rumor: G1 may not see major Android upgrades Donut, or Eclair

Have T-Mobile G1 and HTC Dream owners seen their final major upgrade to the Android system? Nothing is set in stone, but there’s understandable nervousness from some Android users that Cupcake (Android 1.5) may be the last development branch available for the G1.

AndroidAndMe speculated that the G1/HTC Dream would probably not be updated with further baked goods like Donut or Eclair. The reason? The G1′s limitations — specifically the storage space that houses the Android OS — makes it difficult for the full features of Donut and Eclair to load onto the phone. When a reader contacted a Google engineer about the issue, the engineer responded with this tweet:

“@therealriley As much as I’m hoping that it’ll be possible to somehow continue updating the G1, I can’t promise anything.”

Keep in mind there is no confirmation that G1′s won’t get Donut or Eclair but the “I can’t promise anything” is unsettling. You would hope he’d say, “Of course we’ll update it” or “We’ll do everything in our power.” Granted he’s an engineer and not a PR spinmaster, but the cautious/negative connotation makes me nervous.

T-Mobile for its part has responded with this statement

We plan to continue working with Google to introduce future software updates to the T-Mobile G1. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate.

I think some Donut features will make it onto G1′s but we all need to start realizing that we’re riding a sinking ship. Eventually, some Android updates might not make it onto this phone. If more devices begin to eclipse the G1 or the phone proves incapable of handling Android’s enhancements, we’ll eventually have to be happy with what we’ve got or buy something new. Such is the price you pay for being an early adopter.