HTC G1, the first Android smartphone, gets a taste of Google's latest mobile operating system (OS) with CyanogenMod (CM) 10. Initially, the device ran Android 1.0 OS and later it was able to run on other versions with the help of ROMs. Thanks to the developer community at XDA for porting the CM10 based Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) on HTC G1. Despite being an old smartphone, it will be able to run the latest Jelly Bean. XDA Recognised developer jcarrz1 and his team SoCal Devs have ported the Jelly Bean ROM on G1.
There are some things that do not work such a cell service, data and screen rotation since the ROM is in its earlier stage. Hence, it cannot be your daily driver. However, features such touch screen, Wi-Fi, CM-specific tweaks and apps are reportedly working fine. Google Now partially works. To know more details and instructions you can head to the xda developers forum.
IBTimes UK advises users to proceed with the installation of Jelly Bean on HTC G1 at their own risk and will not be held responsible for any consequences. Check out the video below, courtesy dtechwiz.
"Porting Jelly Bean to this device is a truly remarkable feat when you consider the humble specs of the device," claims the post on xda-developers forum. The G1 is powered by Qualcomm MSM7201A chipset with a 528 MHz ARM 11 processor and ships 192MB of RAM. It boasts a 3.2in TFT-LCD HVGA screen with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels. In terms of storage, the device just includes 256MB of internal storage space.
It packs a Li-Ion 1150mAh standard battery that allows standby time of up to 406 hours and talk time of up to five hours 20 minutes. The G1 aka HTC Dream was released in October 2008. "Some devices simply refuse to die, and the very first Android phone - HTC G1 - is one of them," claims the post on xda-developers forum.