Android Developers: T-Mobile G1 Updates stop at Android 1.5 (Updated)

By: Shawn August 17th, 2009

According to Android Software engineer Dave Sparks, T-Mobile G1 users wont be seeing any more updates beyond the current Android Cupcake 1.5 software. According to sources, the HTC G1 device does not have enough internal flash memory to support any of the new software updates, such as Dounut (Android 2.0). The T-Mobile G1 was the first Android device released in the world, and until now continues to be the single most sold Android device on the market. With the HTC Magic (G2, or MyTouch 3G) having recently broken the 1 million sold mark, Android hardware is drastically improving and expanding, along with significant upgrades in software, not to mention some incredible additions to the Android Applications Market.

Or is this all just a scam to get T-Mobile customers to move on to the myTouch 3G and other Android devices….let the conspiracy theories begin!

T-Mobile G1 users, let us know how you feel in the comments! We wouldn’t be all that thrilled if we were you.

Via EngadgetMobile

Update Via EngadgetMobile: We’ve received a statement directly from T-Mobile on the matter, saying “We plan to continue working with Google to introduce future software updates to the T-Mobile G1. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate.” It’s unclear whether those are just going to be security and stability updates to 1.5 or whether we’ll see wholesale new versions like Donut and beyond, but for the sake of G1 owners everywhere, we’re hoping it’s the latter.

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23 Responses to “Android Developers: T-Mobile G1 Updates stop at Android 1.5 (Updated)”

  1. max on August 17th, 2009 4:30 pm


    wtf, everywhere such news, my next phone will be an iphone

  2. Nwahs on August 17th, 2009 4:35 pm


    Max, do you have a G1?

    iphones also have similar issues as this, it isn’t just Android devices. Software is always being updated in labs or at the Android headquarters, while your HTC G1 handset is finalized months and months before it is even released and cannot be changed.

    That said, it is still annoying to G1 users that this is happening, but to move the Android line forward I think it is unavoidable.

  3. max on August 17th, 2009 5:41 pm


    yes, i do, black one… no, it was a joke, about iphone :) this is still angry, i bought my g1 in february ( germany ) and now such a thing, i was looking forward to see some new widgets and donut update sa whole…

  4. t-marco on August 17th, 2009 6:10 pm


    this sucks

  5. xboxundone on August 17th, 2009 8:37 pm


    dissappointing news :(

  6. Nwahs on August 17th, 2009 9:05 pm


    Good news….it looks as if this report may be unfounded. Lets hope it is

  7. t-marco on August 17th, 2009 9:56 pm


    hope you are right nwahs

  8. swissmb on September 29th, 2009 7:09 pm


    the loss of updates wouldn't be so bad if we could use the sd cards for apps and future releases. i think google is trying to create is own version of customer dependence.

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  10. James on May 18th, 2010 2:28 pm


    This is very disappointing… there are still a lot of bugs and I suppose now the promised flash player update is not coming through. The phone is less than a year old, how could it possibly be obsolete already? What a scam…

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