This morning I upgraded my G1 gphone from RC33 to CRB43, otherwise known as the Google Android 1.5 Cupcake. Flashing my G1 was quite easy, it is just a matter of downloading the firmware from the web, renaming it to update.zip and moving it to your the root of your mini SD card. Hit Home – Back, open the keyboard when you see the G1 logo, alt-l (small L), and then alt-s to start flashing your G1. It took around 5 mnutes to flash my entire phone.
When you restart, you will see a new Android startup logo. Be prepared to update all of your apps.
The first feature I looked for ws the camcorder. Below is my first video shot using Cupcake’s video recorder:
I think the camcorder does an okay job, comparable to my last HTC phone.
The virtual keyboard was nice but I really prefer using the sliding keyboard.
The only issue I have right now is that Cupcake seems to use more battery power than with RC33. I will check it closely. Cupcake was supposed to use less battery power than the previous firmware.
Edit 1: My G1 is still using a lot of battery power with Cupcake compared to RC33. I just used the camcorder for about 2 minutes total recording and took a couple photos at my friends wedding tonight but was surprised to see that I only had 73% Power left. I had it fully charged before I left and did not even make one phone call. I just sent 3 SMSs.