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Android grows too large for G1

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Even though T-Mobile continues to deny it, the Android community has resigned to the fact that the T-Mobile G1 (also known as the HTC Dream) will not receive any significant upgrades beyond “Cupcake,” the Android software update from last April.

The simple fact is that there is not enough memory on the G1 to support a much bigger OS, and even equipping the device with Cupcake was reportedly problematic. “We knew that internal flash space was going to be very tight on the G1 and we kept the system partition tight on purpose,” Jean-Baptiste Queru, a software engineer at Google said on Twitter last week.

“As much as I’m hoping that it’ll be possible to somehow continue updating the G1, I can’t promise anything,” Queru added.

T-Mobile then issued a statement which said, “We plan to continue working with Google to introduce future software updates to the T-Mobile G1. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate.”

Unfortunately, T-Mobile’s language is vague and could mean that it will continue to issue security updates and fix bugs but not push out the next versions of Android called “Donut,” “Eclair,” and “Flan.”

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