February 27, 2010 | by Chris Smith
According to Android and Me and their “sources familiar with the matter”, all U.S. Android smartphones will be receiving the latest Android 2.1 update (that includes the T-Mobile G1). They also say that many of the devices moving from 1.6 to 2.1 will require a wipe and will have to be done over tethering to a computer; OTA may not be most secure way of doing it.
This update will include most of the features of Android 2.1 like the News and Weather widget, speech-to-text in any field, 5 home screens, etc. I highly doubt that every Android phone will get the live wallpapers, especially the G1.
This update may solve some of the Android severing issues and developer woes. Instead of having to cater to 2 to 3 versions of Android, developers can concentrate on developing for one version of the OS, at least in the U.S. One thing that this doesn’t solve and may be the next problem is the differences in the capabilities and performance of the devices with Android. Even though all U.S. Android phones will have the same OS, all devices won’t be able to handle the same applications such as 3D gaming and other processor heavy applications so we will still see some sort of segragation of apps.
Regardless, it’s nice to see that older Androids may get some new flavor and join the 20% of 2.x OS versions. We will keep a look out for anything official from Google or any of the carriers.
Via [Android and Me]