Cupcake Bringing Video Recording, Stereo Bluetooth & More

One of the exciting elements of Android’s open souce nature is that, while we still love to guess, speculate and hypothesize what will come next – a lot of it unfolds before our very eyes. Thus is the case with Android’s Cupcake roadmap in the source code, revealing that video recording and stereo bluetooth, among other things, are on the way.

While Cupcake is identified as “a read-only mirror of the private Android branch” and that “it is a development branch, not a release” they also say that it will be “merged into the master branch” and that it should be done by early January… yay!

So if there are some nagging little features you’re hoping are patched up, see if they’re in the list below or head over to the Cupcake Source for the whole shebang:

Applications

* MMS
o New features
+ Save attachments from MMS.
o Significant bug fixes
+ Faster conversation list scrolling

* Email
o Significant bug fixes
+ Accounts that were marked “never check” are not auto-checked.
+ Date & time displayed using user preference (e.g. 24 hr vs. AM/PM).
+ cc: displayed in message view.
+ Relaxed POP3 parser rules so it works with non-compliant email servers.

+ Password quoting bugs in IMAP. Makes it work for users with funny chars in their password (e.g. spaces).

+ Various sources of errors in auto & manual account setup.

+ Improvements on how we report various connection errors. Makes it much easier for user to diagnose failed account setups.

+ New-mail notifications for POP3 accounts.
+ Properly recover from POP3 connection failures, so that the next connection has a chance of working properly.
+ Remove automatic accounts setup entries that were broken or not testable. Minor fixes to a few of the remaining entries. Improvements to warning dialogs used for a few special cases.

+ New accounts are now set to check every 15 minutes (instead of defaulting to “never”).

+ Fixed a bug causing approximately 1 in 25 outbound messages to freeze up the IMAP connection (to a Gmail based server) when transferred to the Sent folder. This broke the entire connection so new messages could not be downloaded either.
+ Unit test framework so Email can be extended & tested more reliably.
+ Fix IMAP manually-created accounts so message delete works properly.

* Alarm Clock
o Significant bug fixes
+ Alert now plays audio/vibe directly, rather than through AlarmManager. AlarmClock alert starts playing audio/vibe in its IntentReceiver, rather than on activity start. These changes should prevent alarms from being blocked by modal dialogs.
* Package Installer
o Significant bug fixes
+ Bugs related to replacing existing applications.
* Settings
o New features
+ New menu option to list running processes in Settings->ManageApplications.
* Music
o New features
+ Music playback fades in after suspending for phone call.
+ New media search intent allows for 3rd party apps to launch or respond to media searches based on artist, album, or title.
Affects: Music Player, YouTube, Browser applications.
* Browser
o New features
+ Updated WebKit browser core, synced with Nov 2008 WebKit version.
+ Support for new, optimized JavaScript engine (SquirrelFish).
+ Copy / paste is enabled in the browser. To copy with touch, press and hold the shift key and select the text. Releasing the shift key or ending the touch drag copies the text. To copy with the trackball, press and hold the shift key, move the cursor to the selection start, click the trackball, and move the trackball to the extend the selection. Releasing the shift key, or clicking the trackball a second time, copies the text.
+ Find is enabled in the browser. To find text, choose it from the menu and type the text to find.
+ Drawing has been sped up substantially by supporting partial content invalidates and partial screen invalidates. Pages with animations are 5x faster.
* VoiceDialer
o New features
+ VoiceDialer supports ‘open app’ command
* Camera/Gallery
o New features
+ Video recorder mode
+ Share intent for videos
+ Video thumbnails
+ Local file playback

Download manager

* New features
o Support for HTTP codes 301, 302, 303 and 307 (redirects).
o HTTP code 503 is now handled, with support for retry-after in delay-seconds.
o Downloads that were cleanly interrupted are now resumed instead of failing.
o Applications can now pause their downloads.
o Retry delays are now randomized.
o Connectivity is now checked on all interfaces.
o Downloads with invalid characters in file name can now be saved.

Framework

* New features
o Support of touch events in WebView.
o New JavaScript engine (SquirrelFish) in WebView.

o Input method framework, for soft keyboards and other on-screen input methods. Includes new APIs for applications to interact with input methods, and the ability for third party developers to write their own input methods.

o Access to the raw audio data for playback and recording from application code.

o New PendingIntent.FLAG_UPDATE_CURRENT option.
o Support for top-level boolean resources.
o Tactile feedback to the LockPatternView. Tactile feedback can be enabled/disabled by going to Settings > Security & location and then checking/unchecking “Use tactile feedback”. Note that this can be used independently of the visual feedback of the lines (“Use visible pattern”). Thus it gives users a middle ground between showing the lines on the screen and having no feedback at all.
o PackageManager changes to support un-installation of partially installed applications. Added new flag PackageManager.GET_UNINSTALLED_PACKAGES to include partially installed apps in all relevant PackageManager api’s. ManageApplications screen now lists such partially installed apps and the user can uninstall these applications completely.
o Support third party updates of system applications. New menu options in Settings->ManageApplications to list updated system applications.
o Framework support to list current running processes. New API in ActivityManager.
o Framework feature to declare required configurations by applications. New manifest attribute uses-configuration in android manifest.
o Hardware accelerated video encode (video recorder) in opencore.
o Simplified SREC speech recognition API available.
o Streaming audio I/O for applications.

* Significant bug fixes
o Fixed issues with saving state in the view hierarchy, so that you can properly subclass from something like TextView and create your own state that inherits from that provided by TextView.

o TextView now implements onKeyMultiple(), so that flinging the trackball will result in accelerated scrolling. This required some changes to movement methods, and included some improvements to the acceleration computed when flinging.
o Framework bug fixes in PackageManager to share/un-share permissions for applications with shared uid’s.
o Significant rework of Settings->ManageApplications Performance and UI enhancements.
o A number of settings in android.provider.Settings.System were moved to android.provider.Settings.Secure. Only system software can modify these settings. Additionally, a new permission, WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS, is required to access these settings. The old constants in Settings.System have been deprecated. It is possible to read settings values via Settings.System using the deprecated constants. However, attempts to modify these settings via Settings.System will result in a log message and the setting value will be left unchanged.
o Many bug fixes in the media framework

Bluetooth

* New features
o Support for A2DP & AVRCP profiles.

* Significant bug fixes

* First connection after pairing always fails on many carkits.

* Mini Cooper and some late model BMW cars fail to use Bluetooth or take 2 minutes for Phone Book transfer.

System software

* New features

o New kernel based on Linux 2.6.27.
o Improvements to the wakelock API.
o Work to transition to the USB Gadget Framework underway.
o Basic x86 support.

Radio & Telephony

* New features

o SIM Application Toolkit 1.0.
o Green CALL button is no longer a shortcut for “add a new call”. This has been a rarely used feature and confusing if triggered accidentally.
o Longer in-call screen timeout when using the speakerphone.
o “Show dialpad” / “Hide dialpad” item added to the in-call menu, to make it easier to discover the DTMF dialpad.
* Significant bug fixes
o An obscure case where the Phone UI could cause the device to not go to sleep on its own. This would happen if user bails out of the in-call screen by hitting HOME, followed by the call disconnecting remotely.
o Don’t allow a single tap to open the in-call dialpad. It is now required to touch and drag it. This makes it much harder to accidentally open the dialpad by touching the screen with your face.

Developer Tools

* New features
o Enable handset manufacturers to extend the Android SDK with add-ons. SDK add-ons will include:
+ system libraries to let developers use additional APIs provided by handset manufacturers or from other 3rd party vendors that handset manufacturers chose to include
+ emulator system images, skins, and hardware configuration to let developers test their applications on their Android implementation

This is work-in-progress. Please note that the latest Android SDK (Android 1.0 SDK, Release 2) is not compatible with the SDK plugin in the new branch, please use ADT 0.8.0. SDK add-on support is planned for future SDK release.

Build System

* New features
o The functions in build/envsetup.sh should be much more useful

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  • Jo

    wow….this is greate.
    It is like having a new phone.
    A gift that keeps giving. Just what we wanted.
    Good job.

  • http://www.marc-seeger.de Marc

    Impressive list!

  • http://www.droideo.com Droideo.com

    Sounds good!

  • sprint

    sprint you bastads….get on it

  • rakem

    Still see nothing about auto rotation or task manager..

  • DC

    I wonder why SquirrelFish javascript engine and not V8. Interesting.

  • PhantomTrace

    AWESOME

  • http://michaeljgorman.com Crater

    I wonder is there a way to install this ahead of time on a normal G1?

  • Maff

    Oh great, more reasons to use the phone yet no fix for me having to charge the battery 2-3 times a day!

  • http://www.savant-technology.com Jeff G

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!

    I am impressed. And to quote Jo above..”It’s like having a new phone”

    Keep up the stupendous work Android!!!

  • Mike

    How can this be put onto a G1? any ideas?

  • ph43drus

    @Sprint
    >sprint you bastads….get on it

    According to Engadget this morning, Samsung is bringing out an Android handset on Sprint in Q2!

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/19/samsungs-android-phone-hitting-sprint-and-t-mobile-by-june/

  • J. Mac

    Mike:

    OTA Update should enable all of the features listed above so long as T-Mobile approves the functionality on their network.

    Expect the integration via RC32 would be my guess. I think RC31 will be minor fix update in a couple of weeks.

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  • Paul

    Now all we need is some way to add some real attachments from gmail. Seriously, my old HTC wizard could do that, why can’t my g1?

  • doll

    why can’t the g1 be used as a modem with my laptop? With all this technology isn’t it time to stop makiing us constantly pay for the already expensive use of this phone.