Can We Say Cupcake?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

According to Android_Dave over at Android Community, a conversation with a T-Mobile UK representative revealed the existence of a big OTA software update on Friday, January 9th. Though this hasn’t been confirmed, the representative was apparently pretty confident that the update would occur and that it would include video messaging, Java, and Flash. Naturally, this sparked a discussion on whether this is indeed the imminent “cupcake” update.

What’s Cupcake?

We speak not of the tasty treat, but of a development branch of the Android operating system. It’s a work-in-progress collection of changes since the Android 1.0 release, and has recently been merged into the master branch. There will be a large update this quarter followed by smaller updates along the “cupcake” track.

Because this update will contain numerous bugfixes and enhancements, people are naturally quite excited about it. Is the Friday update the first in the series of “cupcake” updates, and would it occur in the United States as well?

At this point, nobody knows for sure… but at least something is happening.


Says Bratag, an anonymous but reliable source has indicated a pre-cupcake update this month. Apparently, the OTA should be pushed out as early as Sunday, January 11th according to Michael Martin and as late as Thursday, January 15th according to kareem. Well, the 11th had come and gone and we still have no cupcake. Let’s hope for the 15th, then?


  1. Dave says:

    Let’s see if us non-data users get this update so please keep me posted… It still looks and seems it would happen any time from the 9th to the 11th.

  2. Jiang Yio says:

    Sure thing. I don’t know for sure if the upcoming patch is part of cupcake, but I’ll just keep collecting/sharing information.

  3. Jiang Yio says:

    Okay… some images of Cupcake/G1 have surfaced. I’m not ready to go compiling my own copy, so I’ma wait.