Codenamed Cupcake, but officially known as Google Android 1.5, the OTA update will offer a slate of new features, including:
Android is gaining steam, with Strategy Analytics predicting it to grow by 900 percent in 2009. That’s because the industry will see an expansion beyond the T-Mobile G1 into new devices later this year.
There should be a lot of new devices: The OS is being embraced by vendors like Motorola Inc. and operators ranging from Verizon Wireless to Voadafone plc.
T-Mobile plans to introduce three new Android-based devices in the second half of the year, it told GigaOM. And, Android netbook rumors have swirled, saying that HTC, Dell and Acer are all working on Android-based netbooks. Also, Rogers Wireless in Canada has announced that it will launch two Google Android-powered handsets in the coming months.
Android’s “relatively low-cost licensing model, its semi-open-source structure and Google’s support for cloud services have encouraged companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T-Mobile, Vodafone and others to support the Android operating system,” said Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics. “Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years.”