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Get 2.1 Genie Widgets on your 2.0 or 1.6 Device

Among all of the new awesome additions of Android 2.1 is the genie widgets and the 3D gallery. Now you can enjoy both on you 2.0 phones and you can even run the Genie widgets on your 1.6 donut device. All you have to do is scan the QR Code and enjoy. More after the break.

T-Mobile G1 hack adds Android Arduino support

Modding Android handsets has been made particularly easy thanks to their open-source software, and so it's almost a surprise that it's taken this long to see integration with that other hacker's delight, the Arduino microprocessor board.  Over at Instructables there's a guide that explains exactly how to connect a rooted T-Mobile G1 up to the Arduino, potentially allowing for ready access to the handset's 3G, camera, microphone, speaker and other functionality from whatever hobby electronics you hook up. It's the handiwork of Tim Heath and Ryan Hickman, who have produced the Python scripts which allow the G1 to communicate with the Arduino board.  The basic functionality turns an LED on and off, but of course the expectation is that electronics tinkerers will use the system to develop wirelessly-connected robotics, remote telepresence systems and generally interface with other external hardware. [via Hack a Day]

Android 1.6 going OTA to G1 and myTouch 3G

Android 1.6 is currently being pushed out to T-Mobile USA subscribers, the carrier has confirmed, with myTouch 3G and G1 users told to expect a message on their handset alerting them to the new OS version.  Delivered as an OTA (over the air) update, OS 1.6 brings with it a refresh of the Android Market - complete with screenshots and more information - and a new, universal search feature.
"The rollout of Android 1.6 (Donut) to T-Mobile's G1 and myTouch 3G customers is now underway. The over-the-air update will be delivered to all G1 and myTouch customers in the coming days." T-Mobile USA statement
OS 1.6 also supports more screen resolutions, beyond the native HVGA of current handsets, as well as CDMA devices.  However those improvements won't make any difference to either the myTouch 3G (aka the HTC Magic) or the T-Mobile G1.  The update comes shortly after HTC updated their developers' handset with a build of 1.6, intended for coders to test their wares on the newly refreshed OS. Unfortunately, there's no way to prematurely trigger the new software, owners can only wait for their phones to flag up the update.  We'd be interested in hearing how Android Community users are finding OS 1.6, so let us know in the comments if your device has updated. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBRFkLKRwFw[/youtube]

T-Mobile G1 may not be able to get update

In the immortal words of Scooby Doo -- rot-row. Apparently, users of the T-Mobile G1 may run into a big problem updating their device. PC World reports that the G1 may be unable to get significant updates in the future because its internal flash storage is nearly full already. "As much as I'm hoping that it'll be possible to somehow continue updating the G1, I can't promise anything," Jean-Baptiste Queru, a software engineer at Google, wrote on Twitter. "We knew that internal flash space was going to be very tight on the G1 and we kept the system partition tight on purpose."

HTC Sense SuperHERO ROM gets video demo

If you fancy a taste of HTC Sense on your G1 or Magic, the regular "Rosie" ROM leaks have already provided a way.  The LeakDroid project has been taking the Haykuro ROMs - which include the new HTC Sense UI - and developing builds for those with earlier devices.  Android HDblog have been playing with the latest so-called SuperHERO ROM, and put together a video demo which you can see below.  They've loaded it up on the HTC Dream (aka the T-Mobile G1) and given their opinion of the changes. Unsurprisingly the multitouch browser support, new PMP functionality and social networking integration all get high praise.  Less impressive are the slow performance and occasional crashes, together with the absence of screen-rotation support (that currently leads to more crashing).  Still, it's free to try and with the news that official "with Google" branded devices are unlikely to see HTC Sense officially these hack projects might be your best bet. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxQsRO8wljE[/youtube]

No HTC Sense UI upgrade for “with Google” branded phones

Bad news for anybody hoping to get HTC's latest Sense UI on their existing G1 or Magic.  As we suggested might be the case yesterday, HTC have confirmed that due to the licensing terms of providing "with Google" branded smartphones they're not allowed to offer Sense UI as an upgrade. The confirmation most directly affects those who bought their Android device through a carrier, such as the T-Mobile G1 or the Vodafone Magic.  According to HTC's representative, the company is trying to develop a way to get the new UI to those with non-Google branded handsets, such as Rogers Wireless' HTC Magic in Canada; however nothing is guaranteed and logistical or financial limitations may end up preventing it. It unfortunately means that buyers of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, the US version of the HTC Magic announced earlier this month, won't get Sense as it's a "with Google" branded device.  You can be sure that hacked ROMs of the HTC UI will be circulating very soon, though.
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