Oct 01 AT 1:49 AM Taylor Wimberly 37 Comments

Android 1.6 OTA confirmed

We reported earlier tonight that T-Mobile could be sending out the over the air update for Android 1.6 as early as tonight. I seriously doubted the rumor, but it looks like I was proven wrong. Two readers have already confirmed that they received the OTA and one even sent in pictures to prove it.

According to Tmonews, select G1′s will receive the update over the next 24 hours and then it will begin rolling out to myTouch 3G users. We expect the rollout will be staggered so it could still be a few weeks before everyone is officially updated.

If we obtain a link to the official update file, we will post it so that users can perform a manual update instead of having to wait.

Android 1.6 about screen.

Android 1.6 about screen.

[Thank you Kevin Mohr for sending in the picture]

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  • http://myspace.com/lolbreebreebree Joseph

    i waaaaaaaant >.<

  • Bart

    Couldn’t they have just flashed it? Why did you say ‘select group of g1 owners’ after which mytouch users will get it. Don’t all g1-users get it?

  • d

    I have a question. MY friend rooted my phone and i have cyanogen on there. Is there a way i can get to a point where i can get that update and go back to using googles version. DOnt get me wrong i love cyanogen. I just like updates

    • Bill

      Uhh, if you are using Cyanogen builds you are already way ahead of the curve of official firmware. Getting this firmware will be going a step back.

    • http://twitter.com/freekyfrogy freekyfrogy

      Hey, if you are using Cyanogenmon (the latest experimental) then you already have everything from this update and more. If you are running CM 4.0.4, however, then you are still technically on android 1.5 w/ a bit of 1.6 but not all of it. I would suggest simply looking around for a place to download somewhere and flashing it :)

    • Mike W.

      Yes you can get your phone stock again. Its actually pretty simple as long as you follow the directions exactly. Just go to this site. http://code.google.com/p/android-roms/wiki/Unroot
      Know however that you will be all the way back at RC29 and will have to either wait for a OTA update which could take awhile or update your phone manually.

  • http://www.goeazy.com Ramon

    Wah are the advantages of this update? Can someone point me to a link?…can’t wait.

  • Johnnyboy

    Just installed it on my G1 Developer phone. It brings you Android Market 2, seems to be a bit faster than 1.5, the Google Chrome Lite browser has improved a lot. These are my first impressions having used it for 20 minutes now.

  • jamesyb0i

    Ramon just google the advantages you lazy bum :D

  • BC

    When Can I get that on my G1 ??? I can not wait…:D

  • G1MR2

    If i upgrade with my rooted cyanogenmod G1, will i still be able to get the apps saved to my partitioned mini sd? hmmm… i would just have to find some other way to do it huh? or just stick with cyanogen, the android hacker guru. yikes, very indecisive.

    • http://www.fugeelama.com Fugee

      I too am torn between upgrading to the official 1.6 or sticking with Cyanogen and upgrading from 4.0.4 to…

      • http://twitter.com/freekyfrogy freekyfrogy

        Go to, it is amazing! (I like the EnochX theme ;D)

  • anakin78z

    Oooo, excited about this. A bit faster sounds good, Johnnyboy. Hope I don’t have to wait too long this time.

  • http://thesplitbrain.com Anson

    I hope we get this in Canada on Rogers fairly soon (though I’m not holding my breath, honestly).

  • http://www.nexsoftware.net nEx.Software

    I am currently rockin’ my stocks off with RC29, waiting to OTA. I’d be happy with getting up to 1.5 at this point, since the only reason I went back to stock was to do some testing on 1.5. Fun stuff.

  • http://www.mobilebrazzers.com mobile brazzers

    I’m running JF 1.5 and i guess i cant get it running this rom.

    Not sure what i should do- go back to rc29 and get the OTA update, or will devs put out a rooted version of this update, even with google going full-on lawyer these days?

  • http://www.TechProsSD.com SDscorch

    wait… 1.6 comes out beginning of august, then 2.0 comes out with the sholes just a little bit later


    • http://www.TechProsSD.com SDscorch

      grrr! OCTOBER!

      (what was i thinking!!)

  • http://photographdaddy.com matt

    Couldn’t the picture be a developer phone?

    (comment display is all messed up)

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      If it was a dev phone it would say so under build number and model number.

  • tommy300z

    Man I hope its true, I don’t even know what’s all in this update but can’t wait for it for unrooted g1′s

  • luffyd

    I’ve been using cyangen mod for a long time now and its eallie fast and I love that u have all kinds of themes for it esp the blur..but keep in mind even tho have 1.6 its not yet full..its still drc63 not full drc83 so a few things are still not working ill wait and see

  • rj123

    i just unrooted my phone today will the update install by its self now?

    • http://myspace.com/lolbreebreebree Joseph

      Your just going to have to wait it out till you get a little pop up that says you can download it lol

  • Peter Mikhail

    Here’s the link to the manual update

  • master.peterm
  • dmensch

    I woke up this morning to the Donut update.
    Sadly, I consistently get Force Closes on Camera/Camcorder and Music.
    Same for 3rd party apps Useful Switchers and Toggle Settings.

    Any other fresh Donutters having similar issues?

  • Wayne

    Just got the 1.6 OTA…Topeka, Kansas…Still no 3G, but Donuts for breakfast…YEAH!!!

  • http://davehong.yelp.com Dave H.

    I unrooted my G1 and went back to 1.5 a few days ago – this morning I woke up to a “Do you want to upgrade to 1.6?” message, and I agreed – the upgrade was flawless, and I’m running 1.6 now!

  • pushabutton

    But does 1.6 have app2sd? That is the one feature cyangen has that I can’t live without. until the official upgrade gets that, It’s just not worth it.

  • jude

    I just got the Donut update on My Touch this morning. So far, so good!

  • Nadeeshan

    Hey guys I received my android 1.6 today(07.10.2009) though I am in Sri Lanka

  • JonPaul

    Will Rogers get Donut OTA? And if so, do I need to upgrade software (build 2.16 to 2.17) to get Donut?

  • ChillSpot

    I attempted to do the manual update (via the download posted) and I got an error every time I have tried. Booooooo!

    “E: Failure at line 2″

  • http://Website chris

    So how do I download to 1.6

  • http://www.AllSanDiegoComputerRepair.com SDscorch

    OTA updates rule!!