If reports indicating that the T-Mobile G1 is permanently stuck at Android 1.5 and won't receive further software updates like Donut and Eclair are true, it'll break the hearts of many Android users across the world. According to Android software engineer Dave Sparks, there'll be a time when developers "wont be able to fit the latest [Android] release on the G1's internal flash."
You've got to be kidding me. The T-Mobile G1 isn't even a year old and it could potentially be out-of-date already? All over some memory issue? That's just a terrible excuse.
Luckily T-Mobile jumped into the fray to squash the reports because they've said, "We plan to continue working with Google to introduce future software updates to the T-Mobile G1. Reports to the contrary are inaccurate."
But the seed of doubt has been planted. We're not sure if T-Mobile is defining 'future software updates' as the Donut and Eclair updates to Android or as mere security updates. We're not sure if all the features of Donut/Eclair will make it to the T-Mobile G1. We're not sure of anything anymore because we used to think that the T-Mobile G1 was still a great device that would only get better as Android got better.
Hopefully, Google and T-Mobile still think the same.