Jul 25 AT 11:36 PM Taylor Wimberly 31 Comments

Donut code drop reveals new Android features

Jean-Baptiste Queru, Android engineer, did a code drop to the  Android Open Source Project which updated the Donut tree.  Android hacker Cyanogen had some issues with all the new API changes but still compiled it to run on a G1.  I downloaded the rom and flashed it to bring you screenshots of Donut.

The following is a list of changes I have found.

  • Gesture controls
  • CDMA support
  • Search system wide
  • WPA2 enterprise
  • VPN support
  • Updated camera
  • Updated UI and animations
  • Compatibility Mode
  • Credential storage
  • Accessibility option
  • Speech synthesizer controls
  • New power control and text widgets

Seeing as the build is highly broken, I would not suggest flashing it.  I installed it just to look for changes and see what is coming next.  As we previously reported, the biggest new additions are gesture controls and a system wide search.  The text-to-speech is also getting an update and has controls to change how the voice sounds and its pace.

CDMA settings also appear in the phone’s menu.  We knew this was coming, but it is nice to finally see it in a build.  Sprint confirmed they will have an Android phone this year and we are still waiting on Verizon.

Please keep in mind that Donut is just a branch of the Android development and these features may not appear in an upcoming build.  There are also branches for Eclair and Flan, but those have not been made public.  The current code available in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is normally about two months behind what Android engineers are actually working on.

Given the way previous branches have been merged and then packaged by the carriers, it could be months before some of these updates officially reach your phone.  I predicted a November time frame for Donut, but there is really no way to tell since Donut is just a branch of development and not an actual upgrade package.

Mark Murphy has a pretty good take on the whole “Donut is not Android 2.0″ which has been throw around by more and more Android engineers.

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    When will the non rooted download be able to be downloaded

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  6. JosephGuest 6 years ago

    Yeah this probably wont be happening for a wile, im really expecting a lot more from Donut then what happened with Cupcake, even though Cupcake was a nice step up.

    this is definitely just a rough draft.

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  8. RoyGuest 6 years ago

    @Taylor

    Could you tell me if the new widget can provide one-click-switches for GPS and bluetooth? Those settings can’t be switched that easily in cupcake and I’d love to see those return…

    • Dr.JeckylGuest 6 years ago

      Better cut can do this, and more.

      • RoyGuest 6 years ago

        No it can’t. It can only provide 2-click-switches. First click is a link towards the menu, second one is manually clicking the checkbox.

        That’s why I want to know if apps are allowed to change these settings again without having to hack away at android (you can change screen brightness, autosynch, bluetooth, but it’s all hacking and the GPS can’t be done by an app at this point).

    • The AnswerGuest 6 years ago

      It will be one-click

  9. DerekGuest 6 years ago

    I’m just happy that G1ers aren’t getting completely left behind heros and mytouch’s dust…I heard flash will be here next year?Anybody?

  10. belchGuest 6 years ago

    Judging by how cupcake was handled, it’ll have 100 different release dates which won’t really matter cause we’ll will have downloaded it 2 weeks before its release anyway!

  11. bronsonGuest 6 years ago

    Still the ugly white-on-black menus?

    Would it kill Google to at least make an effort to make the UI look nice?

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      Or give us the end users the ability to skin Android without having to use 3rd party apps or rooting our device would be nice.

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  17. SHaitienGuest 6 years ago

    Looks like I’ll be able to use the WPA enterprise network at my job soon.

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    3 whole days have gone by and no new post??? This is old news androidandme.com –Android 2.0 Donut Doesn’t Have Multitouch, Not Officially Android 2.0

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    Hmmm…. how about saving apps to SD?

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  21. Anonymouslawyer1Guest 6 years ago

    Nicholas you can do this with app manager if im not mistaken..

  22. giantwaveGuest 6 years ago

    I’m pretty sure you can put apps on your sd only if you’ve rooted your phone. The good news is that It’s almost childsplay with some of the new CM ROMs.

    A2SD is the whole reason I started rooting my phone back in January, I will never use the stock ROM again.

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    Is’t the power widget a tool cyanogen added into his custom roms rather than a donut feature?

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