Well, I upgraded to cupcake a few days after my last post. I rooted my phone as soon as I got it, so I didn’t get the “over the air” update automatically, I installed the ADP cupcake build instead.
I had to wipe the data from my phone to do that but that didn’t really bother me, the Market stores a list of the apps you’ve downloaded so it’s nice and easy to install them all again. The on screen keyboard is quite nice, good predictive text, I use it only for short bits of text though, the hardware keyboard is much faster. The Google Mail client isn’t any different as far as I can tell, still only top posting .
I can now use my A2DP Bluetooth headset/headphones properly, but I still can’t send or receive files to other phones/computers, which sucks a bit. Battery life does seem slightly improved compared to Android 1.4, but it’s still quite terrible.
I’ve started using PMix, an MPD client for Android, it works well enough, but is a little slow in places, hopefully this will improve with later releases . I also found the Locale app, which lets you configure your ringtone, volume, background, screen brightness and wifi state based on your location, date, time and battery state. Very cool! No more switching to silent when you get to work and then forgetting about it at the end of the day and missing calls. Another potentially useful app is Pintail, which responds to a txt message containing a PIN you decide with the phone’s current location, so if you lose it or leave it at a friend’s house you can at least figure out where it is.
That’s it for now, perhaps I’ll think of something more interesting to blog about than my phone one day… never know!