T-Mobile G1 not seeing Android updates

t-mobile-g1-01It seems the critics of the T-Mobile G1’s limited on-board memory nailed this one on the head. Per a bevy of sources, Android and Me being the most complete I’ve found (they even have charts), the tight on-board storage on the T-Mobile G1 will prevent it from upgrading to new versions of the Android OS.

Supposedly, T-Mobile is working with Google on getting updates for the G1, but if you’re hoping for one of the new pastry-named versions, like Donut or Eclair, you’re probably out of luck. It looks like the myTouch 3G has a little more breathing room to handle updates, but per the charts on Android and Me, I wouldn’t count on being able to stuff anything past Donut or Eclair in there.

As cited on Android and Me, there’s plenty of blame to go around for this. I personally blame the pastry-based naming convention. Yes, sweet and tasty baked goods do make for fun and positive code names, but it’s almost asking for trouble to name them after things that can make you too fat to fit into an old pair of pants. Look for Palm to change the code names of WebOS updates from “cheeseburger” and “pizza” to “celery” and “tofu”.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com


  1. The gurus at xda-developers and similar sites will cut the fat and get it running. I say that as I use Windows Mobile 6.5 on my HTC Fuze and it hasn’t even been released yet for any phone.

  2. If xda-developers can fit updates in to the G1 why can’t Google? This will be a black eye on Android.

  3. On the one hand this is an interesting new twist on controlled obsolescence. On the other hand this points to an interesting concern with an open platform. On a third hand, this is an excellent example of Beta hardware.

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