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Google Voice Search, updates coming for T-Mobile G1

February 3, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

Android, Carriers, HTC-G1, T-Mobile

Google Voice Search, updates coming for T-Mobile G1

It’s no Cupcake, but T-Mobile G1 customers will receive newer firmware this week. Starting Thursday, February 5, T-Mobile will send subscribers an over-the-air update that adds:

  • Google Voice Search
  • The ability to save MMS messages/files
  • A feature that searches for system updates
  • Bug fixes and new features that address known issues

A small group of G1 users have already received the OTA RC33 update, and T-Mobile will roll out the update to other subscribers from February 5 – 15. It will be the first widespread firmware upgrade since T-Mobile confirmed that it had no immediate plans to release the “Cupcake” update. However, RC33 does provide one feature (the ability to save MMS content) originally promised in Cupcake, meaning it’s likely that we’ll see more of those features rolled out over time rather than in one massive cell phone upgrade.Disappointed subscribers should take solace in the G1 finally getting Google Voice Search, which has been available for the iPhone since November. The iPhone version of the Google Mobile application performs type-free search queries, can deliver results based on location, and launches Gmail or other Google services through voice commands. One can only assume and hope that the Android offering can perform similar features.Here is the official message posted on the T-Mobile support forum:

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 issued at random and will reach everyone in due time.For those interested in exactly what is included in the update, I will follow up tomorrow and post any information I am able to track down.Thanks for your patience!Will, The Administrator

rc01.gif     rc02.gif[T-Mobile Support Forums via T-MoNews]