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]
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 statementOS 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]
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]
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.