T-Mobile USA has issued a press release stating that T-Mobile G1 owners will start receiving over the air firmware updates for Android 1.5, the “Cupcake” release, starting at the end of next week. Of course it was widely reported that some users had already received the update, though it was obvious that the roll out was very slow. It also appears that the T-Mobile UK Android 1.5 update for the G1 is already on its way out.  Somebody grabbed the new firmware and has made it available, so that users can do a manual update to the official T-Mobile UK…

Google has released the first official version of the Android 1.5 SDK.  It is available for download here. HTC has also released a firmware update of the new OS for the Android Dev Phone 1, an HTC Dream based device that Google sells unlocked for $400 so that developers can get full access to a working Android device for development.

According to Betanews, T-Mobile USA’s Erica Gordon denied that the company had any plans for a Cupcake related firmware update for the T-Mobile G1 in April, which is what Pocket-link.com quoted an unnamed source at T-Mobile UK as saying. Gordon told Betanews that it was “just a rumor” and that she was not aware of T-Mobile International having any such plans.  It is worth noting, however, that she does not actually represent T-Mobile in any countries outside of the USA. In the past, though, the UK and other countries have always received new firmware updates a week or two after…

According to Pocket-Lint.com, a T-Mobile UK representative has said that the famed Cupcake release of the Android OS will become available to T-Mobile G1 users this April. The Cupcake extensions, which include an on-screen virtual keyboard, are known to be included on the HTC Magic (“Sapphire”) that is expected to hit Vodafone shelves in the near future. No word yet from T-Mobile USA as to whether or not G1 users in states can expect an update in the same time frame.

Dan Morrill at the Android Developers Blog has announced that the 1.1 firmware release of the Android SDK is now available.  The new 1.1 firmware, which is seen in T-Mobile’s RC33 update, is compatible with all existing devices, but also includes new API functionality for future applications. The SDK comes complete with a 1.1 version of the Android Emulator. It is available from the Android Developer website.

Slashphone has posted a list of the bug fixes and new features that are part of the new RC33 Firmware 1.1 update that started filtering out to T-Mobile G1 users this week. New features include the Android Market’s application update check and new comment spam marking function, Google’s Voice Search, and the ability to save photos from MMS messages. In terms of bugs, the email app has been updated to deal properly with Comcast email, and it should now exit cleanly instead of issuing the “Force Close” popup.  IM sessions can withstand WiFi being turned on and off now, a…

Google’s software engineer team have been hard at work of late, and another post from the Google mobile blog reveals the latest addition to the Google Maps application on your Android phone. Say hello to Latitude, a social networking tool that enables you to see where your friends and family are through Google maps.  Even better news: it is part of the RC33 firmware update for the T-Mobile G1. Once you sign up for Latitude, you can see the ‘approximate location’ of those who have decided to share their location with you. You can upload a new profile picture on…

It appears that firmware revision RC33 (firmware rev 1.1)  has started making its way out to a few select T-Mobile G1 users.  The T-Mobile Forums’ admin, Will, posted the following yesterday evening: Good evening! As some have posted, we have indeed begun issuing an update to G1 users. The update, Firmware version 1.1 / RC33, was released to a small number of users today, but will be sent to all G1 users over the next two weeks. The update includes several bug fixes and feature enhancements, but is not ‘Cupcake’. You need not take any action as the update is…

For those of you who enjoyed typing “reboot” to restart your G1 (and showed it to all of your friends), and found yourself unable to do so after receiving the RC30 update, the folks at XDA Developers have found a way to regain this functionality. The relatively simple steps involve several reboots, reflashing the G1 to an earlier firmware version, typing in telnetd, and downloading the Android Telnet client onto your G1.  The instructions and RC27/RC29 version updates can be found here. [via Gizmodo]